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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

APRIL and MAY EVENTS, 2015
FAIRFAX, VA
SATURDAY
March 28th

10:00 AM - 12:00 Noon
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].
MILLERSVILLE, MD
SATURDAY

April 11th

10:00 AM - 12:00 Noon
Anne Arundel Animal Control Facility
411 Maxwell Frye Rd

* 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
April 18th

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

* NO PLACE LIKE HOME
When we bring a parrot into our lives, from parakeets to macaws, we are offering them a place to call home. What does home mean? For a parrot it might mean a place to be safe, be healthy, have a sense of family, and be provided positive opportunities to live and thrive. This class will address what each of these means to a bird, and give you some ideas about how to continue providing the good life for your bird . [also satisfies our adoption process requirement].
FAIRFAX, VA
SUNDAY
April 19th

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].
ALEXANDER, NC
April 24-26

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

SPRINGFIELD, VA
SATURDAY
May 2nd

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

JASON CREAN: HOLISTIC CARE, WHOLE FOOD NUTRITION FOR PARROTS
Is there really a "complete" diet for birds? We cannot expect to replicate the wild diets to which our species have adapted, so what can we do? We can offer as much dietary diversity as possible in an effort to satisfy all of the bird's individual needs. Though some whole foods need to be cooked, generally food in its raw, whole form is the best, most efficient way to cover all of the nutritional bases. This talk will focus on the variety of raw, whole foods that can be offered to birds, and some information may also benefit the other animals in your household.
ABINGDON/OTTER CREEK, MD
SUNDAY
May 3rd

12:30 PM - 2:30 PM
Anita C. Leight Estuary Center
700 Otter Point Road

JASON CREAN: HOLISTIC CARE, WHOLE FOOD NUTRITION FOR PARROTS
Is there really a "complete" diet for birds? We cannot expect to replicate the wild diets to which our species have adapted, so what can we do? We can offer as much dietary diversity as possible in an effort to satisfy all of the bird's individual needs. Though some whole foods need to be cooked, generally food in its raw, whole form is the best, most efficient way to cover all of the nutritional bases. This talk will focus on the variety of raw, whole foods that can be offered to birds, and some information may also benefit the other animals in your household.
CHESAPEAKE, VA
SATURDAY
May 9th

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

FIRST AID KIT ESSENTIALS
We all hope to never find ourselves in an emergency situation with our birds, but how prepared would you be? Yes of course the answer most of the time is going to be to get to your avian veterinarian asap, but there are many things we can do to improve our bird’s chances before even heading to the vet. Join us for an informative look at the essential items in any avian first-aid kit as well as important how-to skills like bandaging a potentially broken wing and stopping blood loss.
ALEXANDER, NC
SATURDAY
May 16th

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

FRANK RUTOWSKI, DVM: DISEASE PREVENTION/COMMON AVIAN EMERGENCIES
Life is full of potential illnesses and challenges. Sometimes we can provide adequate prevention from some of these problems. Other times we are faced with an emergency and need to provide temporary help prior to seeking urgent veterinary care. Dr. Rutowski is a wealth of ideas and knowledge, and will surely contribute to your ability to prevent or respond to your birds needs and illnesses.
FAIRFAX, VA
SATURDAY

MAY 16th

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)
.

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 * The 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 Millersville/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 Towson PATRICIA SUND: Chop 2.0
September 13 Otter Creek FRANK RUTOWSKI, D.V.M.: Disease Prevention/Common Avian Emergencies
October 10 Millersville/Anne Arundel **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 * 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