Wish List

Matilda

We are a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) tax-exempt charity that is for the birds. Today the legacy of charitable giving is more relevant than ever. It’s the idea that YOU, our members, supporters, and donors, are the true foundation that enables us to save birds’ lives every day with your contributions to The Gabriel Foundation’s programs. We are ALWAYS in need of these supplies and any help you can provide is so appreciated.

Amazon Wish List:
We’ve put together a wish list on Amazon.com to make it quick and easy to send a donation off to us: Amazon.com Wish List

Enrichment Supplies (Suggested Websites):

Toy Parts (Suggested Websites):

Cages:

  • The Gabriel Foundation is always in need of new or used cages. Our biggest need is large cages for medium to large birds. Please contact us for further information if you have a cage you want to donate.

Gift Cards:

  • Home Depot: Hardware and supplies for aviary, cage and flight enrichment, hoses and nozzles
  • Office Max, Staples or Office Depot: Office and filing supplies, ink & toner cartridges, paper, white boards
  • Costco, WalMart, Sam’s Club & Target: Supplies & Groceries
  • Safeway, King Soopers (Kroger), Sprouts, Albertsons & Vitamin Cottage: Fresh food for our flock

Food for the Birds:

  • Whole nuts in shell: Almonds, filberts, pecans, pistachios, walnuts, pine nuts and Brazil nuts
  • Harrison’s Bird Diets, Lafeber’s Daily Diet, Avicakes & Nutriberries, Roudybush pelleted bird diets; ZuPreem pelleted bird diets.

Donate Your Vehicle – Any Vehicle, Anywhere:

  • Instead of selling, trading or storing your vehicle,  you can make a donation and receive a tax deduction: www.vehiclesforcharity.org

Home Goods:

  • Clean, bundled newspapers, insert filler removed
  • Newspaper end rolls
  • Paper egg cartons
  • Paper towel rolls
  • Adding machine paper rolls
  • Cardboard boxes for foraging
  • Gently used towels
  • Clean phone books
  • Poly fleece to make braided preening toys
  • Clean, used t-shirts to make braided preening toys

Other Donations:

The Gabriel Foundation encourages non-cash donations to help us provide for our flock. If you have other items that you would like to donate, please contact us.

Consequences are environmental events that occur after a behavior. They are the result of an action and provide feedback to us. With that feedback, behaviors will either continue, increase or decrease. In other words, consequences provide us with learning experiences. For our purposes when working with animals we observe those consequences that immediately follow a behavior in order to know the function of a behavior and then we can work on a plan to change that behavior.

This week let's broaden that a bit to consider long-term consequences such as the shape of a bird's beak. Various beak shapes evolved through consequences according to each species diet. Feathers started out as scales and evolved to what we see today. Feathers are not only useful for locomotion but also for thermoregulation and protection.

This week I saw two interesting articles that involve consequences. One explaining why bird eggs have so many different shapes. What scientists found is that the shape of an egg depends on how much a bird species flies. Who knew!

www.nytimes.com/2017/06/22/science/bird-eggs-shapes-flight.html?emc=eta1

The second article I ran into showed house finches gathering cigarette butts to put in their nests as a pest repellent. By adding these they were not bothered by parasites. More learning due to consequences! Although the long-term consequence may not be favorable.

tinyurl.com/ya52zlfo

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Consequences are environmental events that occur after a behavior. They are the result of an action and provide feedback to us. With that feedback, behaviors will either continue, increase or decrease. In other words, consequences provide us with learning experiences.  For our purposes when working with animals we observe those consequences that immediately follow a behavior in order to know the function of a behavior and then we can work on a plan to change that behavior. 

This week lets broaden that a bit to consider long-term consequences such as the shape of a birds beak. Various beak shapes evolved through consequences according to each species diet. Feathers started out as scales and evolved to what we see today. Feathers are not only useful for locomotion but also for thermoregulation and protection. 

This week I saw two interesting articles that involve consequences. One explaining why bird eggs have so many different shapes. What scientists found is that the shape of an egg depends on how much a bird species flies. Who knew! 

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/22/science/bird-eggs-shapes-flight.html?emc=eta1

The second article I ran into showed house finches gathering cigarette butts to put in their nests as a pest repellent. By adding these they were not bothered by parasites. More learning due to consequences! Although the long-term consequence may not be favorable. 

https://tinyurl.com/ya52zlfo 

Enjoy!

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Wow, both very interesting information, and things I didn t know, so them for sharing. On the subject of beaks, I have experienced some long term consequences of a bad diet, previous to me (Of course 😉). I took in my male ekkie, Mylo when he was 4 years old. He turns 9 on his next gotcha day of Sept. 19th. I am still having to trim his beak every few months or so because on his first vet check, within the first couple days I had him, he had some "troubling liver numbers" so went back at the 6 month Mark and again at the 1 year and by the one year mark my vet was totally astonished. She said if she had not seen him herself that first time I brought him in she wouldn't have believed it was the same bird. Big boost for the way I care for my birds and how I was taught, but most importantly he has shown awesome liver #'s and everything else since his 6 month check. However, his beak and nails are still growing a bit fast. They have certainly slowed down over the years, I use to trim monthly and now can go anywhere from 4-6 months between trimming. So, that just goes to show #1 how damaging a bad diet can be, even only after a few years, #2 how long it truly takes to right itself within the body, as he has had good #' s for going on 4 years now but still showing a small bit of evidence of the trauma. Here's a recent picture of him preening while sitting in the window, keeping an eye on all possible dangers for the flock. Yes, he is the lookout and sounds quite the call if he sees anything he doesn't like 😘😚

Curious about what the pictured parrot is eating...

3 days ago

The Gabriel Foundation

We're so excited that nearly all of our cockatiels have been adopted! Tyler and Jackie recently adopted cockatiels Whitebird and Greybird. These two not-so-creatively-named cuties came to us about two years ago and finally found a family to love them. We wish everyone in the family all the best and many happy years together!

(Note: Whitebird and Greybird are shown here in their travel cage)
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Were so excited that nearly all of our cockatiels have been adopted!  Tyler and Jackie recently adopted cockatiels Whitebird and Greybird.  These two not-so-creatively-named cuties came to us about two years ago and finally found a family to love them.  We wish everyone in the family all the best and many happy years together!  

(Note: Whitebird and Greybird are shown here in their travel cage)

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That's great hope they will be getting a bigger cage.

So glad they have a new home! Well done! <3

Fantastic!!!!

Yay!!!

way to go TGF... 😍

I want one

wonderful news!

Yay!

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