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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
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SKILLS TO EMPOWER PEOPLE to UNDERSTAND PARROTS ("STEP-UP") 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

November and December Events, 2014
SPRINGFIELD, VA
SATURDAY
December 6th

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

** REBECCA K. O'CONNOR: THE PERFECTLY TRAINED PARROT
Rebecca has published a superb new book about behavior and training, called The Perfectly Trained Parrots. It's a must-have book to have on your shelf if you live with a parrot. A properly trained parrot is a wonderful pet—and a poorly trained parrot can be a feathered monster. The Perfectly Trained Parrot gives you the tools to ensure that you live with the wonderful pet, not the monster! This comprehensive guide contains methods and advice to ensure that your bird becomes a social, tame, and fun companion. Author Rebecca K. O'Connor, a professional bird trainer, advocates only positive and humane techniques —methods that will make training fun for both you and your bird. Whether you just want a parrot that sits on your hand and doesn't bite you or you want to train your parrot to fly through hoops, this book had all the tools you'll need to succeed. Please join us to welcome our last guest speaker of the year in northern Virginia!
CHESAPEAKE, VA
SATURDAY
December 6th

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

TOY-MAKING FOR PARROTS MADE EASY
Let's explore why toy enrichment is so important to parrots, the different categories of toys, how to determine you parrot's play style, what are safe toy parts and what are not, and where to find inexpensive parts. We will provide some suggestions and instructions on making your own toys, and will even be making a few toys the day of the event. At the end of the class we will have a Show And Tell session, so bring along any toys you have made for your own birds, and share your creative ideas with the group.
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ALEXANDER, NC
SATURDAY
December 13th

10:00 AM - 12:00 Noon
31 Landing Place
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* 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].
FAIRFAX, VA
SUNDAY
December 14th

1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Stahl Exotic Animal Veterinary Services
4105 Rust Road

** MELANIE PHUNG: CLICKER TRAINING FOR PARROTS
Clicker training is a fun way to interact with your bird, but it's also a useful tool for addressing behavioral issues. Once you apply the principles of clicker training to your daily interactions -- regardless of whether your bird is young, old, tame or not-yet-tame, a clown or a perch potato -- you will be amazed at how effectively you will be able to communicate with each other, how much faster you'll build trust, and how quickly your parrot will learn tricks that delight and amaze. This class will be an introduction to clicker training for birds, how it works, why it works, strategies for dealing with "problem" behaviors, ideas for getting started, and pitfalls to avoid.

(*) 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)
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2015 SCHEDULE
VIRGINIA, 2015
January 17 Fairfax/SEAVS JOHN KERNS: * Things I Wish I'd Known, A Comprehensive Parrot Care Seminar
February 7 Springfield TBD
February 22 Fairfax/SEAVS * A Parrot's Point of View
March 7 Springfield 8th Annual Mardi Gras, Meet More Adoptable Parrots
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: Nutrition
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 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, DVM: The Wisdom of Wild Parrots, What Can We Learn from Them?
September 26 Fairfax/SEAVS * The Contented Companion
October 3 Springfield 4th Annual Fall Festival, Meet Adoptable Parrots!
October 25 Fairfax/SEAVS * Things I Wish I'd Known, A Comprehensive Parrot Care Seminar
November 7 Springfield **LESLIE SINN, DVM: Normal Avian Behavior
November 21 Fairfax/SEAVS * A Parrot's Point of View
December 12 Springfield TBD
December 13 Fairfax/Pender * The Contented Companion
MARYLAND, 2015
February 21 Frederick ** KEVIN BLAYLOCK: Behavior and Training
March 8 Annapolis **ANN BROOKS: Behavior Workshop: Prevention and Response Techniques
April 11 Anne Arundel TBD
May 3 Otter Creek JASON CREAN: Holistic Care for Parrots: Nutrition
July 13 Anne Arundel Core Class TBD
July 18 Frederick TBD
August 15 TBD TBD
September 13 Otter Creek FRANK RUTOWSKI, DVM: Disease Prevention/Common Avian Emergencies
October 10 Frederick **LEIGH ANN HARTSFIELD: Clicker Training in 6 Simple Steps
November 14 Anne Arundel TBD
NORTH CAROLINA, 2015
January 24 Alexander (Asheville area) Behavior Workshop: Prevention and Response Techniques
January 31 Cary *A Parrot's Point of View
February 21 Alexander, The Landing *The Contented Companion
March 21 Alexander, The Landing TRAVIS PRIVETT:
April 18 Alexander, The Landing *Things I Wish I'd Known, A Comprehensive Parrot Care Seminar
April 24-26 Alexander, The Landing STEP-UP! Workshop (Skills To Empower People to Understand Parrots)
May 16 Alexander, The Landing FRANK RUTOWSKI, DVM: The Wisdom of Wild Parrots, What Can We Learn from Them?
June 7 Cary FRANK RUTOWSKI, DVM: 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 12 Alexander, The Landing *A Parrot's Point of View