Meet Our Staff Members

Our valued employees are the heart and soul of our organization. They have the best interests of the birds at heart, and each and every one of them contributes to the success of our mission.


Jessica

Avian Welfare: Trainer & Keeper/Bird Intake and Boarding Coordinator

Jessica BooneI started at the aviary as an intern/volunteer in April 2010 and eventually got a job in October 2010 as an aviary technician with The Gabriel Foundation. I have a Bachelor’s Degree in Biology with a minor in Chemistry. I have a passion for birds but also am the caregiver for several other birds including 3 cockatiels, 2 Quakers, 1 Eastern Rosella and 1 Alexandrine. I am currently providing Off-site Long Term Foster care for 2 Greys (Sam, Samantha) and 2 amazons (Henry and Pickles). I chose to work at The Gabriel Foundation because I wanted to be able to help birds get adopted as well as give care to the birds the way that they should be taken care of.


Melissa

Avian Welfare: Trainer & Keeper/Enrichment Coordinator

Bio PictureMelissa graduated from Metropolitan State University of Denver in the summer of 2012 with a Bachelor of Science in Biology.  During her senior year of college she took a class in Animal Behavior and enjoyed it so much that the following semester she became the teaching assistant for the Animal Behavior lab.  It was during that class that she decided she wanted a career working with animals and studying their behaviors.  Soon she began volunteering at the Denver Zoo in the Lorikeet Adventure and as a keeper assistant in the Education Department and Wildlife Show Department to gain experience with a variety of animals.  It was her time spent in the Lorikeet Adventure that sparked her interest in birds.  In October 2012 she started volunteering at The Gabriel Foundation and discovered how fascinating and quirky birds can be.  She started working with The Gabriel Foundation in March 2013 and loves every minute of her time spent here.  Melissa has welcomed two cockatoos into her household… Lady Anna and Pearl!


Kelly

Operations Coordinator

KellyKelly joined The Gabriel Foundation in 2010 as an HR Consultant.  She has over 25 years of experience in Human Resources, Organizational Development, Sales and Operations Management. She is certified as a Senior Human Resources Professional. Her consultant role has continued to grow and she provides operational oversight services to TGF and The Birdbrain. She has worked as a Human Resources Consultant for small- to medium-sized organizations, in all types of industries. She has worked primarily for service-driven retail environments, Neiman-Marcus, May Co. Los Angeles, The Denver Dry Goods, and Kacey Fine Furniture. She is a member of the Society for Human Resources Management, and the National Human Resources Association. She has been past President of the Board of Directors for Ballet Nouveau, State Membership Vice President for Colorado Business and Professional Women’s Network and alumni of the Denver Chamber of Commerce Leadership Denver Program.


Brenda

Avian Welfare: Lead Husbandry Technician & Food Prep Supervisor

Brenda CardenasBrenda provides the utmost care for the flock of The Gabriel Foundation. She has been with TGF for many years and is a familiar face to those who stop by The Birdbrain. Kindness, compassion and exceptional care are just a few of the qualities that Brenda brings to her job. The flock (birds and people) appreciate everything she does daily. Brenda and her family have a number of their own birds at home.


Yesmin

Avian Welfare: Husbandry Technician and Food Prep Supervisor

Yesmin would say that her favorite thing about birds is when they talk and say funny things. She does not work with the birds a lot, but she would like to learn more about them.


Edgar

Avian Welfare: Lead Aviary Technician

Edgar is one of TGF’s aviary technicians and like many of the other techs, he enjoys the days he can bring the birds to their outdoor flights. Although he cannot remember the exact moment he fell in love with birds, he does know how much he enjoys being around them and having their care be part of his work. Edgar is a very enthusiastic to learn more about aviculture in the future.


Marcos

Avian Welfare: Aviary Technician

Marcos likes to bring the birds in and out of their outdoor flights, but does not have any birds of his own at home.


Sergio

Avian Welfare: Lead Aviary Technician

Sergio loves birds and the work that he does at TGF… so much so that he adopted an Amazon, Jake from The Gabriel Foundation. Sergio is happy that his experience at TGF has helped him learn about proper care for birds. His favorite thing to do at work is take the birds out to play.


Alonso

Avian Welfare: Husbandry Technician

His favorite thing is to bring the birds to the outdoor flights and watch them enjoy the fresh air and sunshine. Alonso does not have any of his own birds at home, but with persuasion from his co-workers, you never know what will happen in the future.


Consuelo

Avian Welfare: Husbandry Technician

I became a bird lover the moment I started with the Gabriel Foundation. I love the birds for their similarities to children. The birds are loving and kind when you get to know them well. I find it amazing how many new things we learn about them each and every day. I have no birds at home for now.


Alyssa

Avian Welfare: Husbandry Technician


Tony

Avian Welfare: Husbandry Technician


KJ

Avian Welfare: Husbandry Technician

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 :)

Good

Wow

Marty Koenig

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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! :-)

Yonah Two Bears

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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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