Education & Training

Education is a primary focus of The Gabriel Foundation’s. The only way to improve the lives of birds both in the wild and in captivity is to impart knowledge and create awareness of the needs of parrots around the world. We do this in the classroom, in the home and in the community.

Beyond the Bird Basics

This comprehensive online class is a requirement for all adopters and beneficial for anyone interested in caring for a bird. Whether you are a long time bird caregiver or new to feathered companionship, you will learn the most up to date information on diet and nutrition, husbandry, species differences, grooming, medical care and behavior. The cost is $40 – click here to register and begin!

Outreach & Events

We are excited about the opportunity to provide information regarding our programs, parrots and the focus of our programs about parrot welfare. We believe that it is important to share our knowledge and expertise about parrots to educate the public about the specialized needs of companion parrots.  Request an outreach event.

Printable Request Form. 

Also, TGF has developed a series of educational classes, as well as reference materials and lectures covering all topics of bird care for the parrot owner, enthusiast or potential adopter.

Standard of Care

The Gabriel Foundation® is a 501(c)(3) and 509(a)(2) non-profit corporation, licensed by the State of Colorado as a rescue and rehabilitative organization dedicated to the well being of companion parrots. The Foundation’s aviary is certified by the Model Aviculture Program (MAP) although the Foundation is NOT a parrot breeding facility. Data, record keeping and biosecurity standards promoted by MAP are applicable to a parrot welfare organization.

Our purpose is to serve as a research and educational model to the public-at-large, the veterinary medical community, the pet industry, humane animal welfare organizations and to the avicultural community and affiliated organizations about the need to provide appropriately for the welfare of parrots in captivity, often through rescue, rehabilitation and sanctuary programs for psittacine birds. We endeavor to generate continuing awareness of parrots throughout the world by supporting international conservation efforts that help to maintain and preserve them in their natural habitat.

The Foundation currently maintains seven separate programs: educational outreach, rescue, rehabilitation, foster care, adoption, sanctuary and conservation for the needs of parrots everywhere. We believe that public EDUCATION is the tool of choice to better the quality of life of parrots in captivity and to help preserve the world’s parrots in their wild habitats.

Download the entire Standard of Care PDF

A Fabulous Opportunity to Take This Course!

Sign up for the ParrotBAS online class now!
In order to learn more about parrot behavior in a detailed and comprehensive step by step method utilizing the principles of ABA (Applied Behavior Analysis). Registrants need a Yahoo ID. Requests to join ParrotBAS group can be sent to: http://tech.groups.yahoo.com/group/ParrotBAS/.

Once you are on the list, you must request to take the mini lessons. You will then be put on a wait list. Each mini lesson class consists of 3 students. As soon as 3 students have requested to take mini’s and a tutor is found, class will begin. Mini lessons consist of 7 lessons. You will not receive a certificate, so you will need to report to Shauna Roberts, [email protected] that you have completed the lessons. That way, Shauna can then check in the database to make sure that you’ve completed and finished the lessons.

This is a time-intensive course for registrant and mentor. Please allow significant time and thought to the high level of information that is contained within these lessons. This is a class that can be repeated many times with substantial benefit for human and bird with each series of mini-lessons. Please come prepared to read, think and learn!

Also, so you know, there is now a 3-year wait for Dr. Friedman’s LLP and LLA professional courses so sign-up now!

17 hours ago

The Gabriel Foundation

Adoptions are a family affair! When Pam lost one of her doves, she astutely realized that the surviving dove was lonely. So, when Pam came to adopt a dove, we asked her to bring her surviving dove so that she could choose her own new friend. Well, she chose *two* new friends: female doves Aiden and Everest. Pam also also brought along her four granddaughters, who, when they left, were busy cooking up some fancy new names for their two new doves. ... See MoreSee Less

Adoptions are a family affair!  When Pam lost one of her doves, she astutely realized that the surviving dove was lonely.  So, when Pam came to adopt a dove, we asked her to bring her surviving dove so that she could choose her own new friend.  Well, she chose *two* new friends:  female doves Aiden and Everest.  Pam also also brought along her four granddaughters, who, when they left, were busy cooking up some fancy new names for their two new doves.

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This makes me so happy- the doves and pigeons get their day sometimes!

Now that's a real success story!

thanks for giving these birds a good home and a BIG HUG to all of you that loved and cared for them!!!

Super!

Cute

This makes me very happy. I saw those doves while out at the aviary two weeks ago and I wanted to bring them all home. They aren't as fancy as the hookbills and they don't talk, but they bring a peaceful message.....

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3 days ago

The Gabriel Foundation

Who does it better? Parrot or Rihanna? 😂

The Sun Video
Parrot or Rhianna? Who do you prefer?
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The birdie not only sounds better, she looks better too 😉

Parrot, of course, and that's not because I don't like Rihanna 🙂

Parrot........lost interest in her after she let Chris Brown knock her around and she kept going back for more.

I can't hear it very well but I would naturally vote parrot because I love them.

Wings, er Hands down, the Parrot of course!

Parrot who needs toys and entertainment

Parrot!

the parrot of course smile

The amazon such a great parrot

Perrot of course!

A parrot of course. ...

The parrot.

Parrot

Parrot

PARROT!

The parrot

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4 days ago

The Gabriel Foundation

It's time for another game! Test your Macaw knowledge and see if you can name all six Macaw species pictured below.

Update: Answers can now be found in the description of each picture.
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Its time for another game! Test your Macaw knowledge and see if you can name all six Macaw species pictured below.

Update: Answers can now be found in the description of each picture.

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I'll play when you get something besides hybrids.

I missed the Capri. Thanks - I learned something!

Am I getting graded?

Don't have a clue but they are stunning birds!

They are such a beautiful bird, just love them.

they are all so pretty!

Need the answer key!

Lovely!!

I only see one breed! The... Pretty birb!!!!

Anne Tocknell some beautiful macaws here 😊

opws ?

Catalina

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