Thursday, September 20, 2007


Hard To Say Good-Bye

I know I haven't posted in awhile and when I finally do, it's to say good-bye! I'm sad to announce that I will be leaving BIRD TALK Magazine for a new opportunity. It's been such a wonderful experience getting to know the bird world. I will greatly miss the editors of BIRD TALK as well as all of the contributors and members of the avian community I've had the pleasure of working with.

I feel more than well prepared to provide a pet bird with the most enriching environment possible, thanks to everything I've learned from working for BIRD TALK. I think I'll even find myself dispensing some bird knowledge to any new parrot owners I meet.

It's too hard to deal with any finalities, so I will just say good-bye for now!

Thank you to everyone!

~ Connie


Monday, September 17, 2007


Remembering Alex

I may have only been introduced to the world of parrots last year, but even I felt a great sadness when I found out that the pioneering parrot Alex the African grey had passed away. I’ve watched countless videos and interviews of him and Dr. Irene Pepperberg demonstrating the amazing and extraordinary intelligence that our parrot friends are capable of.

I was not surprised at all at the large amount of messages for Alex that came pouring in to be included in our BIRD TALK card that we sent to Dr. Pepperberg. My heart was also warmed at the connection between bird owners across the world on our Bird eClub web pages, our Bird Channel MySpace page and on our Alex the African Grey Memorial page.

I hope that new bird owners will be inspired by him, current bird owners remember him and are motivated by him, and that we continue to learn about the parrots wonderful abilities and intelligence.

Flock On!

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Friday, September 07, 2007


Being Creative

Lately I have been working on a lot of recipes for BIRD TALK articles and for features on They have been a lot of fun because I get to be creative and cook, two of my favorite things.

My latest challenge is creating a gingerbread bird. Yes, that’s right, a gingerbread bird –a sun conure to be more specific. I thought about trying to create a scarlet macaw, at first. However, after a created the template for the bird’s body, I decided that it looked more like the body of a smaller bird. I decided on a sun conure for the beautiful colors – and because I figured it would be easier to replicate a sun conure’s colors with candy than that of an African grey. Although I did consider trying to see if I could find any of those grey and white M&M's to attempt it.

I’m excited about this, but this isn’t the challenging part of the challenge. To me, the challenging part is figuring out the second part – how to create an edible, bird-safe holiday tree. I’ve decided that the base will be an ice cream cone, but I’m having trouble trying to figure out the topping. What is green, edible won’t go bad being left out and bird-safe that will be easy to stick onto an ice cream cone? I’ve considered green pellets, dried bird greens and green colored bird treats. I’ll have to go to the bird store to explore some more.

If you have any ideas, I’m open to them. And, I can’t wait to show off the pictures!

– Crystal


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