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Helping Parrots

 

There are a number of things you can do to help protect parrots!

One of the most important things you can do is to raise awareness. Many people don’t realize the cruelty and environmental impact the parrot trade has. By educating people about these issues, demand for pet parrots can be reduced.

National Bird Day.com has a variety of educational ecards, letters and other educational materials available for download:
http://nationalbirdday.com/b_get_involved.php#posters

If you would rather hang up educational flyers in public places, the Avian Welfare Coalition has a variety of downloadable flyers you can print out and hang up:
http://www.avianwelfare.org/action/flyers/index.htm

 

If you would like to get out and see a bit of the world while helping parrots, volunteering might be for you! Ave Azul in Costa Rica is always looking for volunteers to help with their captive breeding and release program for endangered parrots. Volunteers help run and maintain the farm, as well as helping out with research projects.  
http://www.glvolunteers.com/projects/large-parrot-breeding-rescue-center/

If you have done your research and decide you want and ready for the responsibility of keeping  parrots as  pets, you can adopt an abandoned bird from a local shelter, as many are abandoned when their care ends up being too much for their owners. A few of these shelters are The Gabriel Foundation (http://thegabrielfoundation.org/adoption/) and Phoenix Landing (http://www.phoenixlanding.org/).

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Jurong Bird Park by Luc Viator, licensed under CC BY 2.0

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