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 again!

After a few very busy months, we are happy to be starting our “slower” time of year. I say that cautiously, as it always seems like when our rescue numbers slow down, inevitably other areas of the rescue need more attention.

What a year it has been! Thanks to your generous donations, we were able to rescue 107 birds this year (to date). We also released more than 50 back into the urban wild, plus a couple dozen more ready to be released soon. We know this has been a challenging year for everyone, so seeing the donations come through lately means even more to us.

If you haven’t had a chance to watch our videos on Facebook or Instagram, you may not know that we have begun moving birds into our new (humungous, beautiful, sunny) facility! So far, the birds are loving all the space. It was a long-term labor of love, and we are so excited to begin the next chapter of SoCal Parrot. The new facility is perched near the top of a hill on our 24-acre plot in rural Jamul, CA. Lucky for us, the surrounding area is all owned by CA Fish and Wildlife, and is natural, protected habitat. When it is safe to have visitors again, we plan to allow small groups to come visit and take a private, guided tour of the new spot. For now, video and photos will have to suffice.

Heading into 2021, our goals are to boost our weekly enrichment plans for all of our residents (rehab patients and long-termers alike), and put together more educational content. For enrichment, we are seeking the most economical way (if possible) to incorporate living trees in each enclosure. We can remove them when they need some rest and regrowth time, of course! It is a new venture for us, so we are still working out the details. Aside from plants, we provide fresh produce to our flock several times a week. As you can imagine, the cost to feed so many birds definitely adds up! That is why we continue to push for donations at every opportunity-- even fresh produce costs are offset by your donations. As for educational content, the shutdowns and change in lifestyle due to the pandemic have required more creativity with how we share our work and advocate for wild parrots. One benefit to shifting everything to virtual outreach has been an expansion of our audience! We have been able to offer conference call-type presentations to groups around the world, not just our local areas.

As always, I would like to sincerely extend our gratitude to you for your thoughtful donation. Whether you are able to send a one-time amount, or if you are a recurring donor, every single dollar helps us continue to rescue and care for wild parrots. In a time when the world seems so hectic, it is lovely to see every notification that another kind soul has donated to SoCal Parrot. So thank you, so very much, from me and the rest of the SCP crew! 

Here’s to a lovely December, and an even better new year!

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So tiny! May 27, 2020
So tiny! May 27, 2020

August… already?!

At the time of my last update posted here, we had not taken in any baby Amazons. That quickly changed by the end of May, when we started seeing our rescue numbers increase by quite a bit! One very special baby ‘zon kicked off the 2020 baby season, and I’d like to share his* story with you.

On May 27, we received a call to our Emergency hotline from a member of the public in Pasadena. She stated that a naked, baby parrot had fallen out of its nest from a very tall palm tree in her backyard. While speaking with her, I learned that it had been out for several hours on the ground, and was feeling cold. I asked her to bring it inside to keep it warm, and then contacted our partners in the Wildlife Department at Pasadena Humane Society. Since we are based in San Diego, we typically send critical cases in that area to our PHS friends for immediate triage. Their wonderful Wildlife team was able to keep the baby warm and hydrated while I coordinated a couple of volunteers to assist with transport.

Most of our followers and supporters don’t know this, but it often takes two or three volunteers driving part of the way to get a bird from LA (or even further north) down to us. In this case, I was lucky enough to have three volunteers available to help out. The baby was driven from PHS to south LA county, then to San Clemente, and then finally to our facility in Jamul.

Upon arrival, our newest tiniest rescue caused a bit of speculation as to what species he was. Since baby parrots are completely featherless for the first several days after hatching, we can never tell whether they are Red-crowned, Lilac-crowned, or… some other less-common species of naturalized SoCal parrot. Every year, we chat about it in the weeks leading up to the emersion of their head feathers (the only sure way to identify them without DNA testing), and every year, I am wrong in my guess. It is almost always a Red-crown, with the occasional Lilac here and there.

Fast-forward a few weeks, and our little buddy is growing in size, but there is still something “different” about his progression, compared to what we are used to seeing. Then, to our collective amazement, we started to see the tiniest patch of YELLOW feathers on the front of his head. Could it be?? We have only ever rescued 5 Yellowheaded Amazons in our organization’s history, all adults (one was a young adult, but still… adult). A few more days passed, and it was official: WE HAVE A BABY YELLOWHEAD!

Affectionately nicknamed “Bubba” (due to the size disparity between him and the other Amazons), our solo Yellowhead has gone from naked, cold nestling to huge, voracious parrot in a matter of weeks. We are especially excited to see him “graduate” to one of our outdoor aviaries soon, as we have an adult Yellowhead whom we hope will become his buddy. He does get along with other Amazons, of course, but he is still younger and larger than all of them. As of this post, he is over 380 grams… and still growing!

Because of your donation (once or recurring), we are able to continue taking in and caring for birds like Bubba all year long. We definitely could not have managed a 3-person transport and multi-month specialized care without your ongoing support. I know things right now are more uncertain than ever, but I am just so grateful to everyone who takes a moment and donates to our work. Bubba will be released back to the Pasadena area (along with our other Yellowhead) in the Fall, and he survived thanks in part to you and your consideration to support our efforts!

 

 

*I don’t know whether Bubba is male or female, we do not DNA test wild parrots

Younger and yet bigger than other nestlings
Younger and yet bigger than other nestlings
Tiny yellow head feathers!!
Tiny yellow head feathers!!
So yellow, so gorgeous, so big!
So yellow, so gorgeous, so big!
Almost fully grown! Aug 6, 2020
Almost fully grown! Aug 6, 2020
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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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REP for Wildlife; SoCal Parrot

Location: Jamul, California - USA
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Joshua Bridwell
Jamul, California United States
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