Animals have always been a part of my life. Especially parrots and other birds are a large part of my family and my profession. After my degree as M.Sc. Biology I continued learning more about the human – animal – bond.
I came through my door this afternoon to that familiar voice that often calls out to me when I walk in. “Mommy here!,” it says. Yes, I admit I am a sucker for cute voices and especially when the voice is attached to my sweet, playful teddy bear of a bird – Barnaby – who came to live with me 13 years ago. But Barnaby’s vocalizations were not always among my favorite sounds. He is a typical Timneh African Grey after all who finds great fulfillment in repeating what has value to him. Unfortunately, when he was the new kid in the household, he figured it was pretty cool to mimic the occasional screams he heard from my other two birds. And he liked projecting his voice to ear piercing decibels.
From the archives: Animal Behavior Consulting: Theory and Practice: Summer 2008
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Embedded below is the IAABC Journal, Animal Behavior Consulting: Theory and Practice, from Fall 2006.
The IAABC Conference speaker interviews continue with Kashmir Csaky, our IAABC Parrot Division Chair.
The conference starts in 2 short months!
This is the second in our series of interviews with speakers from the 2011 IAABC Conference. This week I am talking to Jamie Whittaker, a member or our Board of Directors, former chair of the Parrot division, our conference director and, of course, one of our speakers.
Change is difficult for all of us. Even a welcome change that we know will better our lives will still induce stress. When change is sudden or unnatural it can produce high levels of anxiety that can make life extremely difficult for us. Humans are empowered with choices and that can help lower our levels of stress. However, our birds do not have the freedom to make choices like their wild cousins. Yet, with a little empathy, understanding and care we can reduce stress and help them live longer, healthier and happier lives.
Birds go through many transitions in a lifetime. Moving from one home to another is the most obvious. Yet, our birds are constantly transitioning, growing, going through many stages of their long lives. Hatchling, young chicks, fledglings, adolescence, young adults, mature singles, breeding birds and old birds have different needs. Going from one stage of life to another can be confusing for the birds. It is our responsibility to minimize stress.