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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
Some of our resident Amazons hangin' out
Some of our resident Amazons hangin' out

Hello again!

Let me first begin by sending you and your loved ones our sincerest hope for your health and safety amidst this global pandemic. We truly appreciate your donation (either one-time or recurring) to our rescue efforts, as we know these times are uncertain and scary.

All of our volunteers have been notified to remain home and safe, but our work continues. Wild urban parrots still need to be rescued, and we are doing everything we can to ensure the safety of our staff while still providing the best level of care to our rescued patients. We are bracing for baby season, which typically begins for us at the end of May and gets really busy by mid-June. All we can do is take every day as it comes, and hope things will be easier to navigate by then!

On a bright note, we received a patient into rescue a couple of days ago from one of our local beach communities. It was dropped off with our local wildlife rescue, and they notified us immediately. Upon exam, the adult Lilac-crowned Amazon did not have any injuries or issues of note. We decided to give him/her 24 hours' observation time, and then a quick flight test. S/he passed with flying colors (please forgive the pun, it has been a loooong few weeks), and was successfully released back into the urban wild the following afternoon. 

It is all thanks to your continued financial support that we can continue to rescue, rehabilitate, and successfully release wild parrots back into their urban environment. 

I'll keep this one short, and remind you to please follow/subscribe to our social media channels for new content daily. (It might be a nice, different way to break things up a bit if you are currently stuck at home. Puzzles and Netflix can only last you so long.)We are also providing updates on our new enclosure project, which is nearly completed! Next quarter, you can look forward to a full report of how we are settling into the new spot.

Stay healthy and safe!

Sincerely,

Sarah 

Handsome lil' Amazon on a sunny day!
Handsome lil' Amazon on a sunny day!
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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!

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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!

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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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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
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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
$21,543 raised of $25,000 goal
 
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