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Help save injured and orphaned wild parrots

by REP for Wildlife; SoCal Parrot
Help save injured and orphaned wild parrots
Help save injured and orphaned wild parrots
Help save injured and orphaned wild parrots
Help save injured and orphaned wild parrots
Help save injured and orphaned wild parrots
Help save injured and orphaned wild parrots
Help save injured and orphaned wild parrots
Help save injured and orphaned wild parrots
Help save injured and orphaned wild parrots
Help save injured and orphaned wild parrots
Help save injured and orphaned wild parrots
Help save injured and orphaned wild parrots
Help save injured and orphaned wild parrots
Help save injured and orphaned wild parrots
Help save injured and orphaned wild parrots
Help save injured and orphaned wild parrots
Help save injured and orphaned wild parrots
Help save injured and orphaned wild parrots
Help save injured and orphaned wild parrots
Help save injured and orphaned wild parrots
Help save injured and orphaned wild parrots
Help save injured and orphaned wild parrots
Help save injured and orphaned wild parrots
Help save injured and orphaned wild parrots
Help save injured and orphaned wild parrots
Help save injured and orphaned wild parrots
Help save injured and orphaned wild parrots
Help save injured and orphaned wild parrots

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!

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!

A few of our released Conures
A few of our released Conures

With all of the rain we've had in SoCal these past few months, everything is looking so green! Including, as always, our wild parrots. The wet weather has helped their non-native food sources grow and bloom, so we are looking forward to seeing if that will lead to a higher number of eggs being laid during the very fast-approaching baby season. 

Last month, we were finally able to release 12 Conures that had been ready to go for weeks. The weather delayed our release efforts. In the past when we have released around inclimate weather, we have a higher number of birds return as rescues in the days following the release. I like to call them "boomerangs", because they come right back when you send them away. Yes- these bird are wild, and YES they can easily survive during rainy or windy days, but going from a rehab facility back into the open urban wild can be a lot to manage at first. We opt to set them up for success in whatever ways we can, which includes waiting for better weather to plan our releases. I am happy to report that all 12 were happily released and have not boomerang'ed back to us!

Along with the usual day-to-day rescue and care of wild parrots here at SCP, our co-founder Josh has been overseeing the contruction of our brand-new, innovative, multi-enclosure complex at a new location south of where we currently operate. Honestly, the way Josh and Brooke have planned the new flight aviary layout is perfect for our needs. With this new facility, we have 24 acres to work with (as opposed to less than 2 that we use now), so the potential is immense! We have launched a new fundraiser to assist with covering construction costs, and will be hosting an online silent auction in May as well. Your continued financial support through Global Giving will still be allocated for daily parrot care, of course! 

Once the new building is complete, we will be putting together a big HOUSE WARMING party to celebrate. The event will be a way to share our new location with our friends and supporters, and hopefully gain some more local community support for our cause. The additional space means we can rescue so many more birds!

Thanks again as always for your continued support of our work and our cause. The birds are healthier and happier because of you.

One side of the new aviary building
One side of the new aviary building

Hello and happy new year! We had a lot of successful moments in 2018, but it was a record-breaking year for our intake numbers as well. We are very excited to be looking forward to this new year and all of the potential it seems to bring along with it.

Thanks to your continued support, in 2018 we were active in the rescue of nearly 160 birds! Compared to 2017's final total of 118, that is huge! We believe the drastic increase is likely due to a crazy heat wave that came through right in the middle of Amazon baby season; many juveniles were found on the ground, assumed to be in need of help, and brought to a rescue facility. We are working on more easily-accessible information to share with SoCal residents about what to do when they find a parrot on the ground. Hopefully, with more education and resources, we won't see so many juveniles come into care.

Along with our record-breaking intakes came large-scale releases in 2018. For the first time since our inaugural release in 2014, we split the Amazons into 3 separate releases. In addition to multiple releases, we were also very proud to have 2018 be the first year we released in a location other than San Diego. Previously, we had been unsuccessful in tracking down the evening roost site for Pasadena's Amazon flock. This year, with the help of local volunteers, we figured out where they were sleeping. In total, we released more than 45 Amazons back into the Los Angeles area, and close to 25 back into San Diego. Now that we have some experience with long-distance releases, we plan to do as many as needed. This ensures the birds who are rescued from a specific area can be returned there, thus allowing the flock population to grow in a more natural way.

Finally, something I am especially excited about, our new construction project and expansion broke ground in mid-2018. Josh and his crew have been hard at work getting the area cleaned up, road graded, and new flight enclosures put up. We held a couple of fundraisers online to support the construction costs, including a Giving Tuesday campaign and silent auction. Please be on the lookout for additional fundraising opportunities in the coming months. Our goal amount is $15,000 total, and we have already raised about 10% of that. The new enclosures will be larger, easier to access and clean, and allow us to rescue even more birds in the coming year!

As always, thank you so much for your support of our efforts. It is only due to generous donors like you that we can continue to rescue wild parrots, educate the public about them, and further actions to protect them in our area.

Cheers to 2019!

Baby Emmett
Baby Emmett

Thank you so much for donating towards the care of our wild parrot rescue patients! It is only with support from you that we were able to rescue a record-breaking number of birds over the past few months. In total, SCP was active in the rescue of 85 birds from July to mid-September 2018. Eighty-five!

Luckily, both Amazon and Conure baby seasons have ended as of late September. In previous years, we saw a drastic decrease in our monthly rescue numbers by this time of year. However, just like during Summer, our numbers aren’t dipping as low as before. While this means more work and resources required, we are very happy that our organization is known so well throughout the region.

Rather than bombard you with more stats and numbers, I’d like to spend the remainder of this report sharing a story of a little Conure (nicknamed “Emmett”) who came to us recently.

About a week or so into August, we received a call from a member of the public regarding a nestling-aged Conure she had in her care. The bird was originally found by a friend of hers, and had seemingly fallen out of his nest in a very tall palm tree. The woman who called us had been caring for this bird for several days, and had understandably developed an emotional attachment. She even hand-fed him every few hours! Although she was very attached, she also understood that this bird was wild, and she believed he should be given his best shot at being free. When she offered to drive him down from Los Angeles to drop him off with us, we were ecstatic. It is rare to find someone willing to make that trip, as it is usually a staff member or volunteer driving up from Jamul instead.

Generally, the best way for a baby wild parrot to remain truly wild is to put them with other birds of the same age and species. On the morning Emmett arrived, we also received a call from our rescue partners at Wetlands and Wildlife in Huntington Beach. They had 3 nestling-aged Conures in need of care. It was kismet! Emmett was only alone in the brooder for about an hour before the three newbies arrived. Since then, we have taken in a dozen more young Conures. They are all wild and on their way to eventual release back into the urban wild. Aside from his colored leg band, we can’t even tell Emmett apart from his foster brothers and sisters now!

This story is important, as it shows how much work a single rescue really takes. Someone found Emmett, someone else cared for him, he was driven from LA to Jamul, he has spent 2 months in our care with other young birds as his foster flock. Emmett’s success is a testament to the hard work and efforts of all wild parrot-lovers in Southern California. We hope he can inspire other folks to help whenever they come across a wild parrot in need.

Here are some photos of Emmett when he was young. Photo credit to Nurit K, who so lovingly cared for Emmett and sent him to us.

Baby Emmett
Baby Emmett
Emmett in the brooder
Emmett in the brooder
Emmett with his 3 new siblings!
Emmett with his 3 new siblings!
 

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REP for Wildlife; SoCal Parrot

Location: Jamul, California - USA
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Project Leader:
Joshua Bridwell
Jamul, California United States
$19,228 raised of $25,000 goal
 
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