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PARROT ENRICHMENT CLASSES
Phoenix Landing hosts educational seminars featuring speakers with special knowledge or experience related to the welfare of parrots. Come and learn more about how parrots think and behave, how you can be a better parrot guardian, and what we can all do towards improving the welfare of parrots both in captivity and in the wild.

You can also meet some of our adoptable birds at most of our events, from parakeets to macaws. However, for health and safety reasons, we ask that you do not bring your birds. We are very careful to insure that foster birds at our events have been vetted, and we strive to minimize the spread of disease.

No registration or fees for our classes are required, unless otherwise specified, so please join us often! Of course we appreciate donations to help cover our facility and speaker costs, and sometimes we will even suggest one. However, we want everyone to come regardless of money. Please take the time to learn something new for your parrot.

We sell lots of wonderful parrot toys and supplies at most of our events, and appreciate your support (except the ones at the Fairfax, VA vet offices). This is one of our primary means of paying for the needs of the parrots under our care. Shopping discounts are available through our Membership Program at www.phoenixlanding.membership.html

(*) indicates those classes that satisfy our adoption requirements such as Things I Wish I'd Known, A Parrot's Point of View, The Contented Companion or Caring for The Whole Parrot. These are comprehensive care seminars, one of which is recommended for all adoptions. The behavior workshops (**) are especially important for those adopting the larger parrots, but are highly recommended for everyone who aspires to a positive relationship with their birds, from parakeets to macaws.



SPECIAL EVENTS
step up!seb
SKILLS TO EMPOWER PEOPLE to UNDERSTAND PARROTS ("STEP-UP") Workshops in the Asheville, NC area
2015 Dates April 24-26; June 26-28
November 13-15 (Advanced Class)

An intensive workshop designed to give people an abundance of information about parrot care, from behavior and health, to nutrition and enrichment. In addition to lectures, there will be hands-on training sessions, cooking classes, and time to discuss issues of specific importance to you. For more information, go to phoenixlanding.org/stepup

FEBRUARY and MARCH EVENTS, 2015
CARY, NC
SATURDAY
January 31st

10:00 AM - 12:00 Noon
AniMall
Cary Towne Center Mall
1105 Walnut St
* A PARROT'S POINT OF VIEW
Parrots are built to fly, forage, and flock together, and in the wild they must be continually on alert for predators. These physical and social attributes still govern how a parrot adapts to their lives in our homes. Do you consider your parrot’s perspective in your daily routines and interactions? Perhaps sometimes you just don’t understand each other because you see things differently? Let’s talk about life from a “Parrot’s Point of View.” [also satisfies our adoption process requirement].
CHESAPEAKE, VA
SATURDAY
February 7th

10:00 AM - 12:00 Noon
Midway Veterinary Hospital
1646 S. Military Hwy

* THE CONTENTED COMPANION
Looking for techniques to keep your parrot happy and calm? Come explore some ideas for meeting our parrots’ many needs, including tips for keeping those bird-brains thinking and engaged. We’ll touch on nutrition, socialization, and other stress relievers for our feathered companions. We hope you’ll join us for Leigh Ann Hartsfields’s creative and informative class [also satisfies our adoption process requirement].
SPRINGFIELD, VA
SATURDAY
February 7th

10:00 AM - 12:00 Noon
Grace Presbyterian Church 7434 Bath Street

** BEHAVIOR WORKSHOP: EVERY PROBLEM HAS A SOLUTION
Living with parrots is a work in progress. We are always learning how to provide the best care possible while minimizing problems. This new and highly interactive class will involve group discussion about how to prevent potential problems, as well as how best to respond or solve them. Hopefully you will discover some new ideas and solutions, so you can continue to build a long-term positive relationship with your bird.
FAIRFAX, VA
SUNDAY
February 22nd

1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Stahl Exotic Animal Veterinary Services
4105 Rust Road
* A PARROT'S POINT OF VIEW
Parrots are built to fly, forage, and flock together, and in the wild they must be continually on alert for predators. These physical and social attributes still govern how a parrot adapts to their lives in our homes. Do you consider your parrot’s perspective in your daily routines and interactions? Perhaps sometimes you just don’t understand each other because you see things differently? Let’s talk about life from a “Parrot’s Point of View.” [also satisfies our adoption process requirement].
ALEXANDER, NC
SATURDAY
February 28th

10:00 AM - 12:00 Noon
31 Landing Place
Click for Directions

* DID YOU KNOW? A GATHERING OF PARROT CARE INFORMATION
During our numerous events and conversations over the years, many interesting parrot care topics and facts have come up. We've gathered these together into a class which also covers some of the primary areas of health, enrichment, intelligence, nutrition, housing and safety. Join us for a discussion about some of the more intriguing aspects of parrots, and how we can strive to make their lives longer, healthier and happier. [also satisfies our adoption process requirement].
CHESAPEAKE, VA
SATURDAY
March 7th

10:00 AM - 12:00 Noon
Midway Veterinary Hospital
1646 S. Military Hwy

BIRDIE GLOSSARY, TERMS YOU SHOULD KNOW
Everything about birds is different - how they eat, breathe, digest their food and mate. Understanding some of the basic terminology will help you to have better conversations with your bird's avian vet. Knowing some of these terms will also help you to be more attentive to their care and potential problems, things that vary from how we care for our other pets. Come join us for a discussion about such interesting things as hypersensitivity syndrome, the uropygial gland, cloanas and regurgitation!
SPRINGFIELD, VA
SATURDAY
March 7th

10:00 AM - 12:00 Noon
Grace Presbyterian Church 7434 Bath Street

* DID YOU KNOW? A GATHERING OF PARROT CARE INFORMATION
During our numerous events and conversations over the years, many interesting parrot care topics and facts have come up. We've gathered these together into a class which also covers some of the primary areas of health, enrichment, intelligence, nutrition, housing and safety. Join us for a discussion about some of the more intriguing aspects of parrots, and how we can strive to make their lives longer, healthier and happier. [also satisfies our adoption process requirement].
ANNAPOLIS, MD
SATURDAY
March 8th

Location info posted shortly
* DID YOU KNOW? A GATHERING OF PARROT CARE INFORMATION
During our numerous events and conversations over the years, many interesting parrot care topics and facts have come up. We've gathered these together into a class which also covers some of the primary areas of health, enrichment, intelligence, nutrition, housing and safety. Join us for a discussion about some of the more intriguing aspects of parrots, and how we can strive to make their lives longer, healthier and happier. [also satisfies our adoption process requirement].
ALEXANDER, NC
SATURDAY
March 27th

10:00 AM - 12:00 Noon
31 Landing Place
Click for Directions

* THE CONTENTED COMPANION
Looking for techniques to keep your parrot happy and calm? Come explore some ideas for meeting our parrots’ many needs, including tips for keeping those bird-brains thinking and engaged. We’ll touch on nutrition, socialization, and other stress relievers for our feathered companions. We hope you’ll join us for Leigh Ann Hartsfields’s creative and informative class [also satisfies our adoption process requirement].

(*) For classes that satisfy our adoption requirements. Things I Wish I'd Known, The Contented Companion, A Parrot's Point of View and Caring for the Whole Parrot are comprehensive care classes, one of which is recommended for all adoptions. (**) The behavior workshops are important
for those adopting the larger parrots, but are highly recommended for everyone who aspires to a positive relationship with their bird(s)
.

2015 SCHEDULE
VIRGINIA, 2015
January 17 Fairfax/SEAVS JOHN KERNS: * Things I Wish I'd Known, A Comprehensive Parrot Care Seminar
February 7 Springfield Behavior Workshop: Every Problem Has A Solution
February 7 Chesapeake LEIGH ANN HARTSFIELD * Contented Companion
February 22 Fairfax/SEAVS * A Parrot's Point of View
March 7 Springfield * Did You Know? A Gathering of Parrot Care Information
March 7 Chesapeake Birdie Glossary, Terms You Should Know
March 28* Fairfax/SEAVS * The Contented Companion
April 19 Fairfax/Pender * Things I Wish I'd Known, A Comprehensive Parrot Care Seminar
May 2 Springfield JASON CREAN: Holistic Care for Parrots, Whole Food Nutrition
May 9 Chesapeake First Aid Kit Essentials
May 16 Fairfax/SEAVS * A Parrot's Point of View
June 28 Fairfax/SEAVS * The Contented Companion
July 11 Springfield 12th Annual Luau, Meet Adoptable Parrots! Plus a Nourish to Flourish Display
July 11 Chesapeake * Things I Wish I'd Known, A Comprehensive Parrot Care Seminar
July 25 Fairfax/SEAVS * Things I Wish I'd Known, A Comprehensive Parrot Care Seminar
August 16 Fairfax/Pender
* A Parrot's Point of View
September 12 Springfield FRANK RUTOWSKI, D.V.M.: The Wisdom of Wild Parrots, What Can We Learn from Them?
September 12 Chesapeake ** Clicker Training in 6 Simple Steps
September 26 Fairfax/SEAVS * The Contented Companion
October 3 Springfield 4th Annual Fall Festival, Meet Adoptable Parrots!
October 17 Chesapeake ** Behavior Workshop: Every Problem Has A Solution
October 25 Fairfax/SEAVS * Things I Wish I'd Known, A Comprehensive Parrot Care Seminar
November 7 Springfield **LESLIE SINN, D.V.M.: Normal Avian Behavior
November 21 Fairfax/SEAVS * A Parrot's Point of View
December 5 Chesapeake Toy Making Made Easy
December 12 Springfield MICHELLE UNDERHILL: Boredom Busters: Environmental Enrichment Essentials
December 13 Fairfax/Pender * The Contented Companion
MARYLAND, 2015
February 28 Frederick ** KEVIN BLAYLOCK: An Introduction to Behavior and Training
March 8 Annapolis * ANN BROOKS: Did You Know? A Gathering of Parrot Care Information
April 11 Anne Arundel * A Parrot's Point of View
May 3 Otter Creek JASON CREAN: Holistic Care for Parrots, Whole Food Nutrition
June 13 Anne Arundel LACY GILMER, D.V.M, Calvert Veterinary Center
July 18 Frederick TBD
August 15 TBD PATRICIA SUND: Chop 2.0
September 13 Otter Creek FRANK RUTOWSKI, D.V.M.: Disease Prevention/Common Avian Emergencies
October 10 Frederick **LEIGH ANN HARTSFIELD: Clicker Training in 6 Simple Steps
November 14 Towsen * LAURA FORD: Caring for the Whole Parrot
NORTH CAROLINA, 2015
January 24 Alexander (Asheville area) ** Behavior Workshop: Every Problem Has A Solution
January 31 Cary * A Parrot's Point of View
February 28 Alexander, The Landing * Did You Know? A Gathering of Parrot Care Information (DATE CHANGE from printed calendar)
March 21 Alexander, The Landing * The Contented Companion
April 18 Alexander, The Landing * There Is No Place Like Home
April 24-26 Alexander, The Landing STEP-UP! Workshop (Skills To Empower People to Understand Parrots)
May 16 Alexander, The Landing FRANK RUTOWSKI, D.V.M.: Disease Prevention/Common Avian Emergencies
June 7 Cary FRANK RUTOWSKI, D.V.M.: Disease Prevention/Common Avian Emergencies
June 20 Alexander, The Landing * A Parrot's Point of View
June 26 -28 Alexander, The Landing STEP-UP! Workshop (Skills To Empower People to Understand Parrots)
July 18 Alexander, The Landing SHERON HAGELSTON and LIZ OLIVER: Toys with Attitude!
August 15 Alexander, The Landing * The Contented Companion
August 29 Cary * Things I Wish I'd Known, A Comprehensive Parrot Care Seminar
September 19 Alexander, The Landing Birdie Glossary, Terms Every Parrot Owner Should Know
October 4 Cary * A Parrot's Point of View
October 17 Alexander, The Landing * Things I Wish I'd Known, A Comprehensive Parrot Care Seminar
November 13-15 Alexander, The Landing STEP-UP! Workshop (Skills To Empower People to Understand Parrots), Advanced Class
November 21 Alexander, The Landing Jeopardy, The Nutrition Version
December 5 Alexander, The Landing * A Parrot's Point of View