Volunteers and Familiar Faces

With the added help and support from our volunteers, we are able to do so much more than we otherwise could! Here are just a few of the areas they provide a helping hand:

  • Husbandry, produce pickup and food preparation
  • Website, social media and photography
  • Tour guides, outreach and educational events
  • Grounds maintenance and repairs
  • Toy-making and enrichment

Are you interested in becoming a volunteer? If so, you can find more information here: Volunteering at The Gabriel Foundation


Shauna R.

Yahoo group moderator, Facebook and Beyond the Bird Basics Coordinator

Shauna RobertsShauna has been involved with birds since she was a child. She became involved with TGF as a volunteer in 1999 wanting to help improve parrot welfare and general education to the public. She volunteers her time to TGF overseeing our online Beyond Bird Basics, TGF’s Yahoo chat group and our Facebook page. She also is the list owner of the Feeding Feathers yahoo list and especially loves all things cockatoos. Shauna’s helpful articles are found at http://www.thegabrielfoundation.org/education/training.

Dawn G.

Website and Facebook

Dawn Garner and KokoIf you follow TGF on Facebook, then you’ve seen Dawn working at keeping you informed and providing you with pictures and statuses of our flock. She also volunteers at the aviary weekly, whether it be cleaning, taking photos, data entry or website work. She shares her home with Monkey (Green Cheek conure), Tizzy (cockatiel), Amigo (a TGF foster, quaker) and Aimee (Yellow-naped Amazon)… as well as a couple of rambunctious dogs.

Judy G.

Volunteer Liaison, Outreach, Events, Food Prep

20140220_175544_resized Judy was raised on a farm in South Dakota and had the opportunity to interact with all types of animals. She was always intrigued by the individuality of each animal. That led her to a life of concern for the welfare of all animals. Judy and her husband have various furred, feathered, and finned friends at their hours. She has volunteered at animal welfare groups for the last 14 years and is now helping The Gabriel Foundation with volunteer coordination, outreach, events, as well as her favorite task – food prep for the flock!

Elizabeth P.

Outreach Events and Tour Guide

Elizabeth PaynterA Michigan native she now resides in Franktown, Colorado with her family. If you’ve stopped by for a tour or have seen us at an event somewhere, you’ve probably seen Elizabeth and her Moluccan Cockatoo, Duchess. She acquired Dutchess from a little girl in her son’s 1st grade class, who inherited her from her grandmother. When the family could not find someone that they were comfortable selling her to, Elizabeth offered to take her. Her original owners were an abusive (to each other) couple, so Dutchess had some issues with loud noises and trust when she first got her. It’s been five years since then and she has fully gained her trust.

Suzanne F.

Outreach Events and Tour Guide

Suzanne has been a volunteer at The Gabriel Foundation since December of 2012 and is one of our favorite event and tour guide. She has a White-Eared Conure named Rio and just adopted Henry, an energetic Quaker that has quickly bonded with Suzanne’s family who also volunteers with TGF. The residents of Building C, especially the Cockatoos, get special attention when Suzanne is around. Suzanne is a substitute teacher for the Douglas County School District and also volunteers for Praying Hands Ranch and Homes for Our Troops. For her, being at the Aviary is like being with family.

Marianne B.

Outreach Events, Tour Guide, Photography and Aviary Husbandry

Marianne B w Whiffen cropA lifelong bird nerd, Marianne has been volunteering with TGF since 2013. She helps with husbandry, tours, outreach events, and just about anything else that comes up. Her flock includes Adina (Senegal), Nush (Sun conure), Lily (TGF alumna and Lesser Sulphur-crested cockatoo), Meeka (TGF foster and Finsch’s conure) and Abbey the sheltie. When she’s not at the aviary, Marianne is a wildlife ecologist working in environmental consulting.

Anne R.

Outreach Events and Husbandry

AnnRankSmithAnn is a retired RN of 30 years. She’s had the pleasure of sharing her life with companion Red-lored Amazon, Corona, for 27 years. He’s been the light of her life. When Ann retired from working with people, she made the decision to work with parrots and has been dedicated to the parrots at TGF for 3 years. During this time, she added saucy Citron cockatoo, Chloe, to her family and the 3 of them share stories. Ann has a real interest in behavior and learning, and she is a Monday staple at The Birdbrain where she can be found tidying the toy making area, changing papers, washing dishes and outfitting birds’ cages with new enrichment. She’s also one of the select few who provides regular shower duty to the flock at TBB.

Michael M.

Husbandry and Bird Transportation

MichaelMoretskyMichael has two grade school aged kids, a wife and 3 birds. He’s pictured with long time love Hahn’s macaw, Pepper, and also shares his life with Bean the lovebird, and Amiga, a Senegal adopted from TGF. He loves to fly south for the winter, and is an avid Seattle Seahawks fan. He’s a huge help at our Denver location, providing bird transportation, food procurement and helping out whenever asked. You can usually find Michael around TBB on Thursday or Friday.

Mary S.

Toy-making and Husbandry

Mary Stuart cropMary is one of our many dedicated and awesome volunteers at our Denver location. When Mary is not helping with the birds, she works as an advanced practice psychiatric nurse. At home Mary is owned by two birds; Esmerelda and Ringo. She has two children, four grandchildren and a husband of 35 years. Mary loves volunteering with us and tries to be here to help at every chance she gets.

Christina Aguirre

Outreach Events and Husbandry

Christina Aguirre

Christina is originally from Miami, FL and has resided in Denver, CO since 2006. She has grown up with many types of animals as pets, including dogs, cats, birds, turtles, fish, horses, and even a hedgehog. She started volunteering with The Gabriel Foundation in August of 2013 after taking in her Indian Ringneck Parrot for grooming and touring the facilities. Christina has a deep love for animals and their welfare. She currently resides in Parker, CO with her two daughters, her dog Buddy, her two fish Posie and Dipper, and her five birds: Mowgli: 6-year-old Indian Ringneck, Pebbles: 20-year-old Gold-capped conure, Baloo and Bagheera: 1-year-old budgies, Yoshi: 7-year-old Quaker Parrot. In her spare time, Christina enjoys spending time with family, skiing, reading, and crocheting.

Deann S.

Sunshine Sitter, Toy Maker

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Deann is one of our regular volunteers at our Denver location. There Deann and her son, Tyson, enjoy giving the birds some fresh air during warm afternoons. You can find Deann and Tyson in the front of our store being entertained by many of our non-flying flock. On the cooler days, Deann likes to make sure the birds are as entertained as possible, by creating new and exciting toys.

Tyson S.

Sunshine Sitter, Toy Maker

T.SpickardTyson is to be found at TGF’s Denver location on pretty much every Thursday. He and his mom Deann provide invaluable care and attention to our flock at The Birdbrain, and in fact have adopted 3 wonderful TGF birds – 2 senior Amazons and 1 female Eclectus. Tyson is especially good at interacting with many of our flock, providing an opportunity for them to be comfy with men as well as women. Making toys and other enrichment items for the birds are an important part of Tyson’s weekly foray into The Birdbrain.

Heidi and Christopher B.

Husbandry, Medical Foster Care

Marilyn W.

Outreach Events and Aviary Food Prep/Husbandry

Andrea F.

Outreach Events and Toy Making

Madison D.

Food Prep/Husbandry

Heather B.

Outreach Events and Tour Guide

Kameron M.

Outreach Events and Husbandry

Jill K.

Food Pickup

Carolyn W.

Food Pickup

Bob R.

Food Pickup

Ana H.

Food Prep and Husbandry

More photos and bios of our dedicated volunteers coming soon!

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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