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!

This is a great time to adopt. Birds included! Did you know that funds from the CPOP and license plate fund help animal shelters specifically? Thanks to the generous CO residents who checked off a donation to this fund on their taxes, and for those who purchase a CPOP License Plate, this fund dispersed over $315,000.00 to shelters, funds ranging from $2K - $30K. These funds are specifically for veterinary/medical expenses. With your support, TGF benefitted by a $4000.00 grant from this fund. This helps us offset the cost of veterinary care for our birds, especially those from hoarding, animal control, cruelty, shelter transfers and relinquishments that are unable to provide any funding to assist TGF's veterinary costs. Thank you CO animal and bird lovers.Help prevent unwanted pet births by donating on your income tax form to the Colorado Pet Overpopulation Fund. www.savecoloradopets.org ... See MoreSee Less

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adoption is the only way to go - I have been adopting my entire life and currently have 8 birds, 6 cats and 2 Greyhounds - all adopted as unwanted or rescues - they fill my heart and home with so much love I can't begin to explain my happiness♥

2 days ago

The Gabriel Foundation

Eagle scout Ryan Read gathered the other members of his troop, taught them how to make large bird toys, and made the most wonderful truck-full of bird toys you can imagine. They got a production line going and surpassed our dreams by making over 250 toys in just one day. Our flock is so grateful that Ryan chose to work with us for his Eagle Scout project and make much needed large bird enrichment. Thank you to your entire troop for all of your hard work! ... See MoreSee Less

Eagle scout Ryan Read gathered the other members of his troop, taught them how to make large bird toys, and made the most wonderful truck-full of bird toys you can imagine. They got a production line going and surpassed our dreams by making over 250 toys in just one day. Our flock is so grateful that Ryan chose  to work with us for his Eagle Scout project and make much needed large bird enrichment. Thank you to your entire troop for all of your hard work!

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Wow I need to hear a lot of stories like this these days! Wonderful project and such a terrific and appreciated gift to the birds of TGF! Thank you Eagle Scouts and Ryan Read for showing what real leadership is about.

There are wonderful human beings out there. Thank you to them❤️

WONDERFUL TROOP!! So happy, made my week!

Can't wait to start hanging them up!

Thanks Eagle Scouts. Git 'er done!

That's terrific!

Awesome!

Great Job Ryan!

Way to go!

Awesome.

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2 days ago

The Gabriel Foundation

Attention music aficionados! Higgins would love to share his interest in jazz and blues with just the right person. Higgins is a wild caught Timneh African Grey parrot, purchased in 1983 from a now closed pet store. Wild caught Grey parrots were widely imported into the bird sales market before the Wild Bird Conservation Act went into effect in 1992. Higgins is a hoot, from the whistling with vibrato and a gravelly voice to the sounds of fingers snapping and of course his fondness for jazz and blues. Along with his taste in music Higgins now enjoys a varied diet and requests that his new home has plenty of wood to shred, toilet paper rolls and cardboard to take apart, bite by bite. Invest in Higgin's trust and you will reap the rewards!

For more information about our adoption process, please visit our website.

thegabrielfoundation.org/adoption/adoption-process/
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Attention music aficionados! Higgins would love to share his interest in jazz and blues with just the right person. Higgins is a wild caught Timneh African Grey parrot, purchased in 1983 from a now closed pet store. Wild caught Grey parrots were widely imported into the bird sales market before the Wild Bird Conservation Act went into effect in 1992. Higgins is a hoot, from the whistling with vibrato and a gravelly voice to the sounds of fingers snapping and of course his fondness for jazz and blues. Along with his taste in music Higgins now enjoys a varied diet and requests that his new home has plenty of wood to shred, toilet paper rolls and cardboard to take apart, bite by bite. Invest in Higgins trust and you will reap the rewards!

For more information about our adoption process, please visit our website.

http://thegabrielfoundation.org/adoption/adoption-process/

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Hope he finds a wonderful forever home! His little face is so full of personality. I thought wild caught were less likely to pluck? What is his feather problem?

Love it. I play violin for the animals at the zoo and Marvel :)

I had a wild caught B&G, my best buddy. Miss him every day. Dr.s estimate he was 40-50 at the time of his passing based on his band #. He was a rescue with an unknown history. All we had was band # and what quarantine station he came from with a approximation of what year he passed through.

Timnehs are wonderful birds. We had a wildcaught TAG years ago (had come from the shelter) that was the most loving and loyal parrot after six months of gently gaining his trust. Wish we weren't so far away...in CA.

Aww hope he gets a good home!

He's beautiful! Wish I were closer

I fell in love with his personality while volunteering. He is a wonderful little guy. Sassy too!

I think I'm in love! TAG's are the best!

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