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Jan 6, 2020

New Year, New Opportunities!

Hello (again) from SCP!

Wow, I don't know about you but it seemed like 2019 just FLEW by! We had a huge success with releases this past year, and have a few dozen more parrots nearly ready to go back out into the urban wild. Along with releases, SoCal Parrot was active in the rescue of 103 birds in 2019. We couldn't have saved all of those lives without your ongoing support and donations, which mean the world to us! Thank you SO MUCH for your help!

The beginning of a new year is often a time for reflection and goal-setting. Our staff is never short on ideas, but often we get preoccupied with rescues or daily animal care tasks and the secondary projects are set aside. This year, we have managed to set quite a few lofty-yet-reachable goals for our organization.

Brooke, our founder and Director, along with our board member Dr. Pat Latas, will be pursuing research grants and setting up fundraiser campaigns to expand our hospital equipment. This one might take longer than just 12 months, but we are looking forward to the expansion and chance to gather more data from urban parrots that we rescue. The data collection is non-invasive, as our primary objective is to not do harm to any birds in our care, and it will allow us to continue fighting for new local, state, and federal protections of wild parrots!

Josh, our co-founder, is still hard at work on completion of our new outdoor aviary complex. We are so excited for the enclosures to be completed, and birds to be moved. It is the beginning of a new chapter for SCP- and a huge step forward!

Finally, this year I am focusing more of my time and attention on local community outreach and education. SCP is participating in the San Diego Public Library's "Spring into STEAM" program from March through May, and we are actively booking more local events and speaking engagements throughout the areas where we rescue wild parrots. I'm excited to bring more folks on board to our cause, share our work and love of parrots, and get people interested in becoming citizen scientists. 

Of course, none of these projects would be possible without your help. Thank you again, so very much, for the ongoing support and monetary donations you send to our little organization. We are so grateful to be doing this work, and we know you all have our backs!

Wishing you a very happy 2020- and beyond!

Oct 8, 2019

We Don't Have Seasons Here (but YAY Fall!)

Hello to our supporters, new and long-term alike!

We hope everyone is enjoying the beginning of Fall... According to social media and national weather reports, this is the season of Pumpkin Spice flavored everything, comfy sweaters, and trees with color-changing leaves. Here in Southern California, we don't typically have a definitive season change; it might cool down soon, but the leaves 'round here aren't known for their colors changing. Rather than celebrate with hot cider and big blankets, SCP staff and volunteers ring in this time of year by prepping our recent rescues for their release back into the urban wild!

Baby Season 2019 is coming to a close, officially! That means we have not received any fledgling (or younger) parrots into rescue for a few weeks, and the remaining youngsters in care are either completely weaned or very close. Next stop, release back into the wild! We always love seeing the cute baby parrots, but honestly release days are the BEST because they represent a lot of hard work and resources well-spent.

Thanks to continued donations from our supporters here on GlobalGiving, we have already successfully released more than a dozen parrots this year! We have another 55+ parrots (Amazons and Conures) that will be ready to be released in just a few short weeks. We are very proud of our high release rate, and at how many donors and volunteers have helped us grow in such a short amount of time. Thank you for your donation(s), and for continuing to support SoCal Parrot.

If you do not already follow us on Facebook and/or Instagram, be sure to do so as soon as possible. We are currently working on some exciting projects and will be updating more frequently via those platforms. Also, we try to live-stream the wild parrot releases on our social sites, so that nobody misses out on the celebration and excitement!

We hope everyone has a safe and happy Fall!

Jul 8, 2019

Baby Season 2019

It seems like about this same time every year when I sit down to write an update about SCP for our donors here, I find myself repeating much of what I said last time around. So I apologize if this update seems slightly like déjà vu! It is the peak of baby season for our wild Amazon flocks, which means we are busy as can be with rescues and daily care/feeding/weigh-ins/etc. here at the sanctuary.

Over the last few months, our staff and volunteers have been hard at work in several areas: outreach, education, and on-site animal care. We were happy to host a booth at this year’s Ocean Beach Street Fair, an all-day event in a very urban parrot-loving part of San Diego. OB and the surrounding neighborhoods host a majority of our wild parrots this time of year, and have been very supportive of us for years now. It was a lot of fun to chat with locals and visitors about urban parrots, our work here at SCP, and answer the common questions people have about the parrots. We also got to try out our “prize wheel”, which was a huge hit with both kids and adults! Since the day was such a great opportunity to speak with the general public, we are hoping to book more community outreach events in the coming months.

As for our on-site updates, right now we are VERY thankful to have a solid team of volunteers who each come in for a 2 to 3-hour weekly shift. It may not seem like much on paper, but it is a huge benefit to have reliable support helping with daily chores, especially this time of year. While our intake numbers are steadily increasing (23 birds in June, compared to 5 in May), we are happy to have any help we can get.

In addition to the busy baby season antics, we are nearly finished with the brand-new outdoor aviary enclosure at our new, larger property. To say we are excited would be an understatement. In order to raise funds to cover construction costs, we are hosting several smaller fundraisers over the next year. These include an online auction (32auctions.com/SCPSummer19), a wine-n-paint night, and an online donation board with prizes for certain amounts given.

So what’s next for us? Right now, we are focused on taking care of the nestling, juvenile, and fledgling Amazons that always come in as rescues this time of year. After all, the goal is to release them as soon as they are ready. With your continued support and donation, we are looking forward to another record-breaking number of successful releases after Summer ends.

Please be sure to follow us on Facebook and Instagram to ensure you are kept up-to-date with all of the latest progress of our Amazon “Class of 2019”, construction updates, and fundraiser details.

As always, thank you so very much for your continued support of our work. With your help, we can keep saving even more wild parrots in need!

 
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