A Little Look See

Written By: B.D. Butler - Dec• 23•13

It’s almost the end of 2013!  I cannot believe that this year has passed so quickly!  It’s usually this time that I like to reflect a bit, look back and see if I actually learned anything.

expo.flyer.revamp2013 has been a year of triumphs and tragedy.  I was asked to be on the board of directors for Flight Club Foundation a local non-profit organization that hosted the Seattle Parrot Expo 2013.  I was also co-chair of the event.  That in itself was a chore and I learned about myself and others by planning a “new” event from the ground up.  Seattle proper hasn’t had a parrot event for a little over ten years and I was absolutely impressed with the job that we did and the turn out.  I truly think that we did a great job with a little unification of parrot lovers in the Pacific Northwest.  I cannot wait to see what they come up for next year!

I got my photo for Macaw Rescue & Sanctuary here.

I got my photo for Macaw Rescue & Sanctuary here.

I got to visit come local rescues and sanctuaries and see the differences and various ways that things can and should be running.  I learned that just because you knowingly move next to a parrot sanctuary such as Macaw Rescue & Sanctuary doesn’t mean you cannot manipulate the local government to start a witch hunt.  Unfortunately, it is something that Bob Dawson is having to deal with and I personally wish him well in getting everything sorted out.  Macaw Rescue & Sanctuary is a wonderful place and is taking care of the majority of “throw away” parrots in the Pacific Northwest.

Parrot Earth Sponsor a Parrot Program ran through the year, helping raise money for specific birds that had a special story and required special care or adoption guidelines.  I am not entirely sure that it was a giant success, but I believe that it helped give some rescues that normally go under the radar a bit of exposure and publicity.  Now instead of a sponsor a specific parrot, we are featuring a specific rescue monthly.  It is doing amazing things, again for getting a little needed exposure.

parrot confidentialI did a few reviews of some documentaries, like A Place to Land, Fat Sick and Nearly Dead, Blackfish and the infamous Parrot Confidential.  Some of them got published in other publications, and some have been read worldwide.  It was a great feeling to know that my words, thoughts and opinions have traveled so far and made a difference, even if it is just to a few.  Keep an eye out here and there, you just may see one of my articles floating around out there.

We fostered some birds here and there, until they could find homes that they deserved.  Bella was a very tiny Timneh grey with personality plus!  Gryffin was a doll, but alas the dynamic duo Dexter and Cooper were not so fond of him.  However through the phone tree, he has found a forever home where he is spoiled rotten!  It’s just amazing how the powers that be step in and make things happen!

clayWe had to put down Clayburn, our fourteen year old Golden Retriever and that nearly killed us.  He was such an intricate part of the Parrot Earth family, the birds even loved him.  I still miss him, and think of him every day.  I know that he is up there running with a tennis ball along the beach with no pain.

With the passing of Clayburn the house needed a little energizing, so enter Baron.  Baron our little miniature Schnauzer, who does not know he is little, fit the bill.  He has created some much-loved chaos and fun.  Now I cannot imagine our home without him.

Downton-Abbey-downton-abbey-23439226-1600-900I learned a bit about myself, social media, and writing this year as well.  Social media can be a slippery slope and if you are not too careful you can get sucked right in.  Unfortunately I had to write about my opinions of various forms of bullying via social media this year.  A couple of times, people I know, who only have the best intentions,  unfortunately fell victim to the “vipers” that can creep around Facebook and other social media outlets.  It was disheartening to see them ganged up on like piranha during a feeding frenzy.  I needed to take a break and re-evaluate who I wanted to associate my brand with and who I did not.  I also was disappointed that I let the venom spewed in a cyber world affect my love for the avian community and most importantly take away from what I originally wanted to set out and do.  It’s unfortunate that we now live in a world where you can make anonymous and disparaging remarks about people you do not even know, without consequence or repercussion.  But, such is the state of the world and you can only be the change that you wish to see in it!

chatsI had great “Chats” with some pretty influential and earth-shaking folks in the bird world.  Lara Joseph, the up and coming trainer extraordinaire, whom I respect immensely.  I got to stop a whirlwind of rumors by interviewing Mollywood sanctuary regarding their move to Hawaii.  Vicki LeClaire of Miss Vicki’s Parrot Village was another one of my favorites.  She has such a gift with people and parrots alike.  I admire truly what she is doing and I just love her gumption.  Not to mention she has a great sense of humor, which makes my job a lot easier.  Last but not least, the fantabulous Irena Schultz.  This woman is truly one of my sheroes.  She has been trying to make, not only the avian world, but the world in general a better place.  While running a rescue Bird Lovers Only, Irena found the time to appear on David Letterman with her dancing cockatoo Snowball and traveled the country promoting Snowball’s book.  Oh did I mention that Snowball was even in a Taco Bell commercial?  Add manager to Snowball to all the list of things she has accomplished.  Irena has been so supportive to my writing and Parrot Earth and I appreciate her very much!

I got my Star Trek logo here.

Overall this year I learned more about me as writer, bird owner and as a person.  I still love writing about birds and I’m expanding into other writing projects.  The focus here at the PE blog is on the quality and not the quantity of content.  By writing the Parrot Earth blog I want  my readers to feel things and relate to a fellow parrot enthusiast, not sell DVDs, because in reality my writing is about you.

Along the way I learned to relax and not be so uptight about my birds.  As fragile as they are, they are also very tough and not made of porcelain.  Being a “perfect” parrot owner is probably never going to happen…I believe that you can be a great one, but no one is perfect.  You have to do what’s right for you, your birds and your home.  As long as your birds are getting a great quality of life and you are continually learning about new advancements in care… you’re good.  If you make mistakes along the way, it’s ok.  We have all been there.

I’ve had so much fun and cannot wait to see where Parrot Earth progresses!  Thank you for going on this journey with me, reading my progression this year and helping make Parrot Earth what it is today, my labor of love and cultivation of my owning parrots.

Copyright 2013 – Parrot Earth – A Little Look See

 

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2 Comments

  1. Charlotte Carlile says:

    Another good read. Thanks and Merry Christmas.

  2. Kim Hopkins says:

    Sounds like all, in all you had a pretty good year! A great read as always. I feel blessed to know you guys!

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