Board of Directors

Julie Weiss Murad

Founder and President; Parrot Behavior Consultant

Julie Weiss Murad

Julie Weiss Murad is founder and president of The Gabriel Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation established in 1996. Headquartered in Colorado, TGF is dedicated to educating the public about the complex needs of Psittacine birds. The Gabriel Foundation is a 501(C)(3) avicultural and veterinary affiliated non-profit parrot welfare organization licensed by the State of Colorado, whose mission and purpose is to provide safe sanctuary and care for parrots in need,  match extraordinary birds with caring adopters, and to inspire and encourage all to responsibly improve the lives of companion parrots. Involved with parrots since she was eight years old, Julie’s vision for The Gabriel Foundation has been shaped over many decades with a global influence. She has dedicated her energy and resources to include parrot welfare as an integral part of animal sheltering, veterinary medicine, companion parrot care, and awareness of the parrot/human for the longevity and future of the TGF’s residents, mission and purpose with a long term focus on parrot welfare.

Julie has been involved with companion parrots since she was 8 years old. She has lectured and been published both nationally and internationally and has written for many avian -related publications. Julie has worked with a number of retailers, breeders, students, aviculturists, manufacturers, companion parrot “owners” and veterinarians to promote an educated awareness of the many needs of companion parrots. In addition to her many national presentations, she has been a frequent presenter at AAV, NAVC, Parrots International and AFA. She has lectured internationally in Canada, the U.K., EU, and Japan. She has traveled widely to observe parrots in their natural habitats and learn firsthand the critical importance of in situ conservation programs. She is a long time member of AAV, and a lifetime member of A.F.A., WPT, A.S.A., IAATE and the Loro Parque Fundación in addition to professional animal welfare organizations. Julie and The Gabriel Foundation have collaborated for several years with HSUS, ASPCA, AHA and other national, state and local animal sheltering organizations focusing on parrot welfare.

Julie shares her home, Rancho de los Papagayos, with many birds and animals.

Sharon Sidell

Secretary – Chicago, IL

Sharon SidellDr. Sidell has been affiliated with The Gabriel Foundation since its inception in 1996. Her contribution to the organization is based upon her background as an Organizational Psychologist. She specializes in business development for non-profit organizations and has assisted Ms. Murad with organizational design and development. Principal of the consulting firm S.L. Sidell & Associates, her area of specialization is business development and management for small, community based hospitals and health care organizations. Sharon presently shares her Chicago loft with three parrots: J.D. (Lilac crown Amazon), Selby (Green cheeked Amazon) and Sydney (Blue headed Pionus). J.D. and Selby were adopted from the Foundation.

Board Members

Shauna Roberts

Battleground, WA

Shauna RobertsShauna Roberts grew up in WA State with a love of birds. As a young girl in the early 60’s, her first birds were a pair of finches as well as a pigeon and some mallard ducks. She tamed some and raised 4 after they were abandoned. They fledged and flew in her neighborhood. She received her first parrot in 1994 from a client while working at a veterinary clinic. Soon after, she found a male Umbrella Cockatoo that changed her life by making it all about parrots.

Shauna worked as a volunteer elementary school teacher’s assistant for 7 years and then as a veterinary assistant for 5 years. She has written articles for Pet Bird Report, Good Bird and Pet and Aviary Birds magazines. In1999 Shauna donated her watercolor parrot artwork to help The Gabriel Foundation raise funds. She has organized fundraisers and conferences for The Gabriel Foundation in the Portland, OR area as well as in CO and she has been involved as an offsite volunteer since 1999. She has been an instrumental part of teaching TGF’s online Beyond the Bird Basics online course, providing behavior consults (with a special interest in Cockatoos) and writing for TGF’s newsletter and website and chat group. As a member of TGF and the Association of Avian Veterinarians (AAV) she has assisted in all behavior/training labs taught at the AAV conferences around the country as well as NAVC and WVC conferences and TGF’s own Behavior and Learning Conferences. She’s pursued her passion for parrots by traveling to Loro Parque, Japan and to places where parrots can still be seen in the wild.

Shauna and her husband Allen currently live with 17 parrots which consist of 7 Umbrella cockatoos, 2 Moluccan ‘toos, 3 Hawkheads, 2 Cockatiels, a Hahn’s macaw, a Grey parrot and a Yellow Naped Amazon. She and her husband Allen visit TGF a few times a year and when there you will often find her hanging out with the Cockatoos.

Allen Roberts

Battleground, WA

Allen RobertsMr. Roberts retired five years ago from UPS after 28 years of serving with their Corporate Management Group. Allen has been an active volunteer for The Gabriel Foundation for eight years and served as the Campaign Chair for the Capital Campaign. He’s also an active member of his regional Tiffin Motor Club. For the past 8 years Allen has been responsible for getting TGF’s volunteers and flock to many U.S. locations safely as the motor coach chief captain. He’s an enthusiastic mentor of the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis when working with students and parrots.

Gabrielle Stodd

Palm Beach, FL

Ms. Stodd has been an avid supporter of The Gabriel Foundation for several years and has been involved with parrots for over a decade. Her interests include cockatoo behavior, nutrition and especially the supportive care for parrots with chronic disease. An attorney by trade, Gabby has put her focus into a comprehensive study of Avian Borna Virus and PDD, two diseases that are currently the focus of dedicated veterinary research. She continues to travel the U.S. locating unique pieces of Native American jewelry and artifacts for her business clientele.

Jerry LaBonde, MS, DVM

Englewood, CO

Jerry LabondeDr. LaBonde has been a consulting veterinarian and former Co- Medical Director for The Gabriel Foundation. He is co-owner of Avian & Exotic Animal Hospital in Homestead, Colorado and Nelson Animal Hospital. He is a past president of the Association of Avian Veterinarians. Dr. LaBonde has been active in avian and exotic medicine since 1986 and is a frequent lecturer at veterinary and avian related conferences throughout the country, has written numerous articles on avian medicine and diseases, and been published in some of the foremost avian medical books and journals.

Rita Sambruna

Clifton, VA

Rita SambrunaAn astrophysicist by profession, Rita Sambruna became interested in psittacines after acquiring her first parrot, a Jardine’s named Reggie. Rita became involved with The Gabriel Foundation in 2006, and has adopted two parrots from TGF and sponsors others.

She is an avid student of all things avian, and has been studying and teaching behaviorscience under the guide of Prof. Susan Friedman. Rita is a firm believer in the power of evidence-based information to improve the lives of parrots, both in captivity and in the wild, and for all animals. She is the founder of the Animal Education Foundation. She lives with her husband Joe, 7 parrots, and 2 horses in Clifton, Virginia.

Virginia Smerlinski

Denver, CO

Virginia SmerlinskiVirginia Smerlinski became a wild bird enthusiast in 1999 when she began feeding the local birds in her backyard. A few months later she became involved with companion parrots, dedicating herself to personal and public education regarding husbandry and the application of positive reinforcement through Applied Behavior Analysis in all interactions.

Ms. Smerlinski became a TGF member in 2003 and began volunteering at TGF in 2004. An insurance broker by trade, she brings her extensive and diverse business skills to all projects. She has been involved with the Capital Campaign, writing, speaking, and teaching and supporting Beyond the Bird Basics. In 2005 she adopted an aged, wild caught Orange Wing Amazon from the foundation, and now shares her life with 3 parrots.

Heavy metal serenade bird cage style
Heavy metal - bird cage style
Thanks to volunteers Marty K and his son for getting a big part of our cage scrap pile where it needed to be. Time to make certain that dangerous and poorly made cages ended up where they belong! 1500# of unusable cages brought us $78.34; vehicle, trailer - free; labor-free; gas $40. Net: $38.34.
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More of an eyesore. Oh for some huge cotttonwood trees.

Do you have an article you can share about the effects of bad cages on birds? Symptoms etc, of lead zinc toxicity etc. Also, how to test your cage? I would love something good to share with clients. (I have been wanting to look up an article, but keep forgetting! This reminded me and I thought you may have a good one! Thanks!!!

uncanny resemblance to how macaws pick something up - then throw it somewhere else!

not to mention the valuable real estate this stuff was occupying!

It was quite fun tossing old cages in a pile and the satisfaction of the crashing sound of metal to metal, and playing Frisbee with cage trays hitting the concrete back wall. We tried to see how far we could toss cages up into the pile. Icing on the cake was the big steel parrot beak crunching and squashing and tossing.

And the good news is the recycled steel could be used to make new parrot cages.

T. Rex!!!

Thanks Marty K and son :)

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For Cockatoosday we're sharing some facts about the Cockatoos at TGF.

1. We currently have 41 Umbrella cockatoos (31 of which are males), 12 Moluccan cockatoos, 5 Bare-eyed cockatoos, 12 Sulphur Crested cockatoos, 6 Goffin's cockatoos and one Ducorp's cockatoo available for adoption. This equals 77 Cockatoos, almost 30% of our available birds. We have some cockatoos not available for adoption including Quigley, a Major Mitchell (Leadbetter) and Simon, an elderly Galah.
2. Most of the Cockatoos now onsite entered our care when they were between 15-21 years old.
3. The oldest Cockatoo we have available for adoption is 42 years old and the youngest is 5 years old.
4. The most common names we see for Cockatoos that come to us are Fred, Angel, Joey, Baby, Peaches, Sidney/Sydney, and Casper.
5. When a Cockatoo enters our care, they usually make friends rather quickly. Most of our Cockatoos are friends with another of the same gender. Some select more unusual friends. Dakota, U2 & Fred, OWA and Quigley with Sonny, a male Senegal.
6. In 2016, we adopted out a total of 214 birds, 21 were cockatoos. In 2016, 2 cockatoos, one Umbrella and one medium sulphur Crested were returned to us from different adopters.
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For Cockatoosday were sharing some facts about the Cockatoos at TGF.

1. We currently have 41 Umbrella cockatoos (31 of which are males), 12 Moluccan cockatoos, 5 Bare-eyed cockatoos, 12 Sulphur Crested cockatoos, 6 Goffins cockatoos and one Ducorps cockatoo available for adoption. This equals 77 Cockatoos, almost 30% of our available birds. We have some cockatoos not available  for adoption including Quigley, a Major Mitchell (Leadbetter) and Simon, an elderly Galah. 
2. Most of the Cockatoos now onsite entered our care when they were between 15-21 years old.
3. The oldest Cockatoo we have available for adoption is 42 years old and the youngest is 5 years old.  
4. The most common names we see for Cockatoos that come to us are Fred, Angel, Joey, Baby, Peaches, Sidney/Sydney, and Casper.
5. When a Cockatoo enters our care, they usually make friends rather quickly.  Most of our Cockatoos are friends with another of the same gender. Some select more unusual friends. Dakota, U2 & Fred, OWA and Quigley with Sonny, a male Senegal.
6. In 2016, we adopted out a total of 214 birds, 21 were cockatoos. In 2016, 2 cockatoos, one Umbrella  and one medium sulphur Crested  were returned to us from different adopters.

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For those of you interested in adopting from us, visit thegabrielfoundation.org/adoption/ and learn about the process. We do adopt out of state. Cockatoo adoption fees range from $350 to $500. All birds have undergone a complete avian wellness exam, are microchipped, and are housed to stay social with people and other birds. If adoption isn't realistic, we would love sponsors for our flock, especially our cockatoos. We would be thrilled for your support and that you have undertaken the care for one of our flock. There are many ways to support us, so learn more at thegabrielfoundation.org/donate/

Why so many cockatoo's?

I love cockatoos! I just think they're the best. I haven't met one I didn't like yet and that includes some that didn't get along with other people. Lol.

I really want an umbrella cockatoo! I have a Grey from you guys. She needs a friend. But we should move to a bigger house first 😪

Thank you for taking in these wonderful birds. They are lucky to be in a great place you have.

Kat has to ALWAYS say hi to the conures when he first comes out. He likes to make sure his flock well ;)

Wow, 77 cockatoos must be capable of creating quite a racket!

I have 3 c2s, and 1 m2. They are no problems other than my mc2 is constant screamer. But the rest are OK. Just have to provide them with lots of chew toys.

We would love a Cockatoo but my dad absolutely loves your pair of Military Macaws.

Brandee Sounds like a place you would love 😊

I'll take em!!!!!!!!!💙

all my friends and all beautiful

Fred Fred

Fabulous & interesting post!

Britney Hayward....adopt a new friend

That's interesting, because when I visited the facility in Emma years ago I thought you had about 75 cockatoos way back then! But that was my guess - I couldn't help but notice that so many needed homes.

How can we adopt them? I live in NC. How much is adoption fee?

Wish I could help them all.....I'm old and they would outlive me...

I love all the TGF 'toos! Even M2 Jessy who gave me a nasty bite! :-)

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3 days ago

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Hi, my name is Kiwi. I’m a handsome Blue-Fronted Amazon around the age of 44. I may be an older guy, but I have the energy of a teenager and still have many years ahead of me. My family gave me up because they moved and had a new baby. I would prefer a home where I'm the only bird, so I can have all the attention for myself. One of my favorite activities is learning new behaviors, because I am very food motivated. With some time working together as teacher (me) and student (you), and of course my favorite food treats, I know you and I can learn target training, and with your help I’ll be happy to touch targets, turn on a perch, and wave my foot on cue. They say you can't teach an old dog new tricks, but no one ever said you can't teach an old parrot new tricks. ... See MoreSee Less

Hi, my name is Kiwi. I’m a handsome Blue-Fronted Amazon around the age of 44.  I may be an older guy, but I have the energy of a teenager and still have many years ahead of me.  My family gave me up because they moved and had a new baby.  I would prefer a home where Im the only bird, so I can have all the attention for myself.  One of my favorite activities is learning new behaviors, because I am very food motivated.  With some time working together as teacher (me) and student (you), and of course  my favorite food treats, I know you and I can learn target training, and with your help I’ll be happy to touch targets, turn on a perch, and wave my foot on cue.  They say you cant teach an old dog new tricks, but no one ever said you cant teach an old parrot new tricks.

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I would love to have him here with me. My Orange Wing Amazon crossed the Rainbow Bridge the day after Christmas at the young age of only 32 because her previous owners let her suffer with Asper for years then gave her to someone who knows nothing about birds and he called me to take her. I only had her for 2.5 years, but I know she was happy and getting the medical care she needed.

I am a new parrot mama. She is a beauty, a Meyer . We are learning what each other likes. ( ok, to be honest it's mostly what she like). Before I purchased her I ask my daughter if when I become to old to take proper care of her she would. She agreed which gave me peace of mind. She has a sun conure.

I wish I could have him. I'm in Wisconsin though :(. My bird Dexter is old I love older birds

You can come live with me and my 3 babies. How far are you from Gainesville FL

I would love to get him my parakeet just died on Saturday and would love to get another bird.

Beautiful bird...So upsetting that people would give up their bird (a member of family) because of a move and a baby...Didn't they even think about this before acquriing this beautiful bird...I hope this beautiful bird finds a forever home..I can see if someone is very ill and can't take care of their baby anymore.

What is wrong with people? I'm beginning to think we should have to go through a very thorough screening process before we're allowed to keep a parrot from any source.

Such a beautiful bird. I hope he finds a forever home, instead of one that just gives him up because he's "inconvenient". Breaks my heart 💔

So so so sweet! I would adopt him in a heartbeat if I didn't already have two eclectus. They are already a handful but I love them more than anything. I would give him a home in a minute if I didn't already have parrots. This boy is so so so sweet wish I knew someone to give him a forever home. With lots of love. That's what he really really really deserves. Not someone who'll give him up just because of changes and situation someone who loves him and will adapt because they love him and they love their new situation no matter what. Poor kiwi he deserves more and a loving home where he is greatly appreciated. God bless you kiwi I hope you find your forever home soon.

The long life expectancy of parrots is probably rarely considered when deciding to bring one home as a pet. I adore my own but think it's time the long-lived ones be banned as pets. How many people commit to 40 plus years with these creatures? Not enough shelters. Very sad.

Poor baby, would you leave your child?

Love him. He can come to my house I live in Minnesota

I love his face!

He is very likable guy, I have met him.

I want him he can live with us for sure

Awwww, Kiwi, you're gorgeous, so sweet!

Shared!

Shame on them !!!

Typical story - so sad :(

Kelsey Rooney!!!

Buck Healy

I would love to have a chat with the people that gave him up. They would not like me.

Merry Tubb this is the site and peanut's cousin is up for adoption! ❤️😢

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