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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") 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

October and November Events
EDGEWATER, MD
SUNDAY
October 5th
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Knights of Columbus
2600 Solomon's Island Road
FRANK RUTOWSKI, DVM: THE WISDOM OF WILD PARROTS, WHAT CAN WE LEARN FROM THEM?
Our parrots are incredibly intelligent creatures. By observing our pet birds' wild counterparts, we can learn valuable lessons to help improve our relationship with our bird and to help avoid problem behaviors. In this discussion, we'll talk about parrot intelligence, the positive benefits of ecotourism and the practical applications we can make by observing wild parrot behavior.
CARY, NC
SUNDAY
October 12th

12:00 Noon - 2:00 PM
AniMall
Cary Towne Center Mall
1105 Walnut St

* 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].
ALEXANDER, NC
SATURDAY
October 18th

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

* 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].
FAIRFAX, VA
SUNDAY
October 26th

1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Pender Exotics Veterinary Centre
4001 Legato 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].
SPRINGFIELD, VA
SATURDAY
November 1st

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

ANGELA NELSON: AROMETHERAPY FOR PARROTS
Aromatherapy as a form of healing has been around for thousands of years. Angela will talk about how this technique can be used for parrots as long as one has the correct knowledge. Since it can be a controversial topic, she will explain her thoughts on how the therapeutic power of pure essential oils can assist parrots with a variety of problems, both physical and behavioral. Angela has worked side by side with recognized vets and aromatherapists, and under their tutelage has become a considered authority on avian aromatherapy.
ABINGDON/OTTER CREEK, MD
SUNDAY
November 2nd

1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Anita C. Leight Estuary Center
700 Otter Point Road

ANGELA NELSON: AROMETHERAPY FOR PARROTS
Aromatherapy as a form of healing has been around for thousands of years. Angela will talk about how this technique can be used for parrots as long as one has the correct knowledge. Since it can be a controversial topic, she will explain her thoughts on how the therapeutic power of pure essential oils can assist parrots with a variety of problems, both physical and behavioral. Angela has worked side by side with recognized vets and aromatherapists, and under their tutelage has become a considered authority on avian aromatherapy.
ALEXANDER, NC
November 7-9

ADVANCE REGISTRATION REQUIRED
SKILLS TO EMPOWER PEOPLE to UNDERSTAND PARROTS (STEP-UP WORKSHOP)
Our first advanced training workshop, focused almost completely on behavior and training. Your bird is always learning, and behavior is never static. So if we expand our ability to work with our birds in a positive way, this helps us to build a long-term positive relationship.
We will be posting our 2015 schedule for Step-Up workshops in the near future, and hope you will consider joining us sometime.

CARY, NC
SATURDAY
November 8th

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

ANGELA NELSON: AROMETHERAPY FOR PARROTS
Aromatherapy as a form of healing has been around for thousands of years. Angela will talk about how this technique can be used for parrots as long as one has the correct knowledge. Since it can be a controversial topic, she will explain her thoughts on how the therapeutic power of pure essential oils can assist parrots with a variety of problems, both physical and behavioral. Angela has worked side by side with recognized vets and aromatherapists, and under their tutelage has become a considered authority on avian aromatherapy.
ALEXANDER, NC
SATURDAY
November 15th

10:00 AM - 12:00 Noon
31 Landing Place
Click for Directions
PATRICIA SUND: CHOP and GRAIN BAKE
Patricia loves to talk about good food, just like we d
o, and she's always got a wealth of creative ideas. Like a mash, the "Grain Bake" is a terrific way to blend lots of healthy foods together so your birds are benefiting from every bite. There are often no set recipes, which is what makes the Grain Bake and Chop so easy and fun. Please help us welcome our next out-of-town guest at this Asheville area event. Patricia is terrific fun and you will surely take some new feeding ideas home for your birds!
FAIRFAX, VA
SATURDAY
November 15th

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].

(*) 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
Bi
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 4 Chesapeake LEIGH ANN HARTSFIELD: Birds Beyond Words
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 6 Chesapeake

Toy Making

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 12 Cary *Things I Wish I'd Known, A Comprehensive Parrot Care Seminar
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 8 Cary ANGELA NELSON: Aromatherapy for Parrots
November 15 Alexander (Asheville area) PATRICIA SUND: Chop and Grain Bake
December 13 Alexander (Asheville area) *A Parrot's Point of View