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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
2014 Dates June 20-22 and August 22-24 (full)
November 7-9 (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

July and August Events
SPRINGFIELD, VA
SATURDAY
July 12th

10:00 AM - 12:00 Noon
Grace Presbyterian Church
7434 Bath Street
11th ANNUAL LUAU, MEET ADOPTABLE PARROTS
Put on your beads and baubles and come to our annual summer Luau. Meet a wide variety of adoptable birds and learn about different species. If you would like to add a parrot to your life, we hope that you will consider adoption first. Not only will you help a very deserving bird to find its new good home, but we will work with you to make the best match for your family AND the bird. Bringing a parrot into your life is a serious decision, especially since birds live a long time and require specialized care. Let us help you to find a bird that will fit your home so you can build a positive, long-lasting relationship! Even if you are not interested in foster or adoption, come have some fun with other people who love birds too.
FREDERICK, MD
SATURDAY
July 19th

10:00 AM - 12:00 Noon
Good Shepherd Lutheran Church
1415 West 7th St.
(right off I-270/15)
JASON CREAN: USING TEA IN AVIAN HUSBANDRY
Birds don't drink purified water in the wild, far from it. Birds actually drink tea in the form of rainwater catches that are full of plant components that leech important compounds into these pools. Let's look at the health benefits of tea and how these can help birds go from surviving to thriving. Plus, this Tea Party will include sampling some of the teas available and ideas on how to incorporate the teas into your bird diets. Jason Crean is a biologist, avid aviculturist and zoo consultant, specializing in avian nutrition and exhibit design. More at www.mrcrean.com

If you missed Jason earlier this year, he wil be back with us!
TOWSON, MD
SUNDAY
July 20th

2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Towson Branch Baltimore County Library
Ground Floor
320 York Road
JASON CREAN: USING TEA IN AVIAN HUSBANDRY
Birds don't drink purified water in the wild, far from it. Birds actually drink tea in the form of rainwater catches that are full of plant components that leech important compounds into these pools. Let's look at the health benefits of tea and how these can help birds go from surviving to thriving. Cohosted with the Baltimore Bird Fanciers Club.

ALEXANDER, NC
SATURDAY
July 19th
10:00 AM - 12:00 Noon

434 Cedar Hill Rd
(AKA 31 Landing Place)
Click for Directions
** 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.
FAIRFAX, VA
SATURDAY
July 26th

10:00 AM - 12:00 Noon
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].
CHESAPEAKE, VA
SATURDAY
July 26th

10:00 AM - 12:00 Noon
Midway Veterinary Hospital
1646 S. Military Hwy
** CLICKER TRAINING IN 6 SIMPLE STEPS
Have you ever considered clicker training your parrot but felt it's just too complicated? Join us as we break it down into easy-to-follow steps designed to boost your confidence as a trainer. We'll discuss how to teach useful husbandry behaviors like accepting medication from a syringe as well as fun 'trick' behaviors. As a special bonus for this class, you'll be able to see these techniques demonstrated with parrots!
CARY, NC
SATURDAY
August 3rd

1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
AniMall, Cary Towne Center Mall
1105 Walnut St , H8808

TOY-MAKING 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.

TOWSON, MD
SATURDAY
August 9th

10:00 AM - 12:00 Noon
First and St. Stephen's United Church of Christ
6915 York Road

* THINGS I WISH I'D KNOWN
A comprehensive parrot care class for the new and experienced alike. Great for the whole family! We promise you will learn something new. Topics include health, safety, nutrition, enrichment, behavior, and companionship. An essential class for our foster and adoption applicants, or those wishing to volunteer. A perfect class for anyone wishing to learn about many aspects of parrot care, or meet other parrot providers [also satisfies our adoption process requirement].

TOWSON, MD
SATURDAY
August 9th

12:30 PM - 2:00 PM
First and St. Stephen's United Church of Christ
6915 York Road

TOY-MAKING 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
August 16th

10:00 AM - 12:00 Noon
434 Cedar Hill Rd
(AKA 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].
FAIRFAX, VA
SUNDAY
August 17th

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

* 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].
ALEXANDER, NC
AUGUST 22
-24

ADVANCE REGISTRATION REQUIRED
SKILLS TO EMPOWER PEOPLE to UNDERSTAND PARROTS (STEP-UP WORKSHOP)
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

(*) 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)
.

2014 SCHEDULE
VIRGINIA, 2014
January 25 Fairfax/SEAVS JOHN KERNS: *Things I Wish I'd Known, A Comprehensive Parrot Care Seminar
January 26 Abingdon *The Contented Companion
February 1 Springfield JANE MARLOW, A Parrot's Family Tree
February 23 Fairfax/Pender MELANIE PHUNG: *A Parrot's Point of View
March 1 Springfield JASON CREAN, Holistic Care for Parrots, Tea for Parrots
March 22 Chesapeake LEIGH ANN HARTSFIELD: Nourish to Flourish
March 22 Fairfax/SEAVS **JENNY DRUMMEY: Behavior Workshop: Biting Matters
April 5 Springfield 7th Annual Mardi Gras, Meet More Adoptable Parrots; Plus Nourish to Flourish
April 26 Chesapeake LEIGH ANN HARTSFIELD: Behavior Basics
April 13 Fairfax/SEAVS JOHN KERNS: *The Contented Companion
May 17 Fairfax/SEAVS *Things I Wish I'd Known, A Comprehensive Parrot Care Seminar
June 7 Springfield The Parrot Match Game
June 7 Chesapeake LEIGH ANN HARTSFIELD: Clicker Training for Parrots
June 29 Fairfax/Pender **MELANIE PHUNG: Behavior Workshop: Clicker Training for Parrots
July 12 Springfield 11th Annual Luau, Meet More Adoptable Parrots
July 26 Chesapeake LEIGH ANN HARTSFIELD: Clicker Training in 6 Simple Steps
July 26 Fairfax/SEAVS *A Parrot's Point of View
August 17 Fairfax/SEAVS
*The Contented Companion
September 6 Springfield LEIGH ANN HARTSFIELD: Birds Beyond Words
September 27 Fairfax/SEAVS **JENNY DRUMMEY: Behavior Workshop: Biting Matters
October 4 Springfield FRANK RUTOWSKI, DVM: Training Your Bird for the Veterinary Exam
October 26 Fairfax/Pender *Things I Wish I'd Known, A Comprehensive Parrot Care Seminar
November 1 Springfield ANGELA NELSON: Aromatherapy for Parrots
November 15 Fairfax/SEAVS *A Parrot's Point of View
December 6 Springfield REBECCA O'CONNOR: The Perfectly Trained Parrot
December 14 Fairfax/SEAVS **MELANIE PHUNG: Behavior Workshop: Clicker Training for Parrots
MARYLAND, 2014
February 8 Frederick LAURA FORD: *The Contented Companion and Benefits of Plants for Parrots
March 2 Abingdon/Otter Creek JASON CREAN, Holistic Care for Parrots, Tea for Parrots
April 12 Annapolis JANE MARLOWE: **Principles of Positive Reinforcement & LAURA FORD: *Caring for The Whole Parrot
June 14 Anne Arundel LAURA FORD: Fun with Foraging
July 19 Frederick JASON CREAN: Tea Party for Parrots
July 20 Towson JASON CREAN: Tea Party for Parrots
August 9 Towson LAURA FORD and DEBBIE RUSSELL: *Things I Wish I'd Known, A Comprehensive Parrot Care Seminar and Toy-Making
September 13 Frederick PATRICIA SUND: Grain Bake
October 5 Annapolis FRANK RUTOWSKI, DVM: The Wisdom of Wild Parrots, What Can We Learn from Them?
November 2 Abingdon/Otter Creek ANGELA NELSON: Aromatherapy for Parrots
NORTH CAROLINA, 2014
January 25 Alexander (Asheville area) *The Contented Companion
February 2 Cary *The Contented Companion
February 16 Jacksonville *Things I Wish I'd Known, A Comprehensive Parrot Care Seminar
February 22 Alexander (Asheville area) Behavior Workshop with KEVIN BLAYLOCK
March 15 Alexander (Asheville area) *Things I Wish I'd Known, A Comprehensive Parrot Care Seminar
April 6 Cary The Parrot Match Game
April 12 Alexander (Asheville area) The Parrot Match Game
May 2-4 Alexander (Asheville area) 2nd Wellness Retreat at UNC-A; The Wisdom of Parrots
June 1 Cary *A Parrot's Point of View
June 20-22 Alexander (Asheville area) STEP-UP! Workshop (Skills To Empower People to Understand Parrots)
June 28 Alexander (Asheville area) *A Parrot's Point of View
July 19 Alexander (Asheville area) **Behavior Workshop: Clicker Training
August 3 Cary Toy-Making
August 16 Alexander (Asheville area) *The Contented Companion
August 22-24 Alexander (Asheville area) STEP-UP! Workshop (Skills To Empower People to Understand Parrots)
September 29 Alexander (Asheville area) CANCELLED
October 5 Cary Behavior Workshop
October 18 Alexander (Asheville area) *Things I Wish I'd Known, A Comprehensive Parrot Care Seminar
November 7-9 Alexander (Asheville area) STEP-UP! Workshop (Skills To Empower People to Understand Parrots)
November 15 Alexander (Asheville area) PATRICIA SUND: Chop and Grain Bake
December 7 Cary *Things I Wish I'd Known, A Comprehensive Parrot Care Seminar
December 13 Alexander (Asheville area) *A Parrot's Point of View