The Night Before Christmas…..at The Gabriel Foundation

Words adapted by Kelly McKee – Haynes

 ‘2014-12-24 07.10.25

Twas the night before Christmas all through The Foundation
Every creature was stirring via flight, feet or defecation!
The toys were all hung in the cages with care; the African Greys counting to make sure it was fair.
The husbandry staff was listening to Edgar’s loud crooning…
Our new bookkeeper was snoozing!
Julie in her office, all torn up from tiling, was wracking her brain to print the 990 IRS filing.

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When out in the field there arose such a clatter, all Julie could think was, “NOW what’s the matter?”
She flew to the window that still had no sash, and thought, “Oh I hope Waste Management picked up the trash!”
As the moon was reflecting on the corners of flights,
Julie had an idea to add to the website…(but back to the story)
But what to her wondering eyes should appear? A vision of people with ideas to fund the next year. With the organization lead by a feisty kind elf, who thought of birds and people, but not herself,
She was thinking about the new year when she realized,
We’ll flourish next year if we just strategize!

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“Now Brenda, now Miguel, now Hector and Elder!  On Whitney, Kris, Amanda and Eric!
“On Janessa, on Kelly, on Jessica & Dawn!  On both our Melissas…..oh, I need a diagram!”
As dry leaves before wild tornadoes do fly,
When we meet with an obstacle – we’ll just modify!
So into the fray of running a nonprofit for birds she flew
With special knowledge very few of us knew!

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And then in a twinkling we heard from the flights,
“I think rearranging will lessen the fights!”
As the parrots were watching, their heads turned around….
Who should come running but more staff in their nightgowns!

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While they were dressed in pajamas they understood what was at stake.
They each had an item Julie showed them how to make.
Sergio was grumbling, (he thought to himself) until he realized his iPod was broadcasting to all other elves!

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Julie’s eyes how they twinkled, her dimples, how merry!  Her cheeks were like roses,
But her nose very wary.  Her ability to smell any inappropriate scents, protected the birds from dangerous contents.

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Julie has curly hair and the kindest of eyes, but mistreat a parrot….you’d better run for your lives!
She was caring and driven, her heart bigger than Texas.  She just wanted to help birds not deal with the messes!
She pushed and she pushed ‘til we all had a list that if it hadn’t come from her, things would have been missed!
She sprang in her sleigh, to her team gave a “thumbs up”!
We almost collapsed from the stuff to clean up!
But we heard her exclaim, as we were all exhausted and pale,
“Don’t worry about tomorrow’s list – I’ll send it by email!”

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Become a Secret Santa and show that you care. Please make your 2014 end of year donation now. https://thegabrielfoundation.org/donate/donate/

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Taking a walk through our large Umbrella Cockatoo flight, you never know what will happen. Angel and Quinlan seem happy to be on their perch. Casper and Tico on the other hand, need to investigate the new person in their flight. It's never a dull moment when you are with eight male Cockatoos happily playing and explore their outdoor enclosure. ... See MoreSee Less

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Thor Bird saying hi to all his cockatoo buddies at the Gabriel Foundation!

I bet you all have a blast with all these wonderful birds.....

This is my Parker, he's shocked at the lovely enclosure and asking me why he doesn't have one!!!

"We're gonna hop around the flight tonight" (sung to the tune of Rock Around the Clock) 🐦

They love being outside. I know mine do.

Nothing I enjoy more than hanging out in a 'too flight!!!

Too-Cute! How do you get them all back in?

My favorite sounds ❤

Made me smile!

OMG... too precious <3

Three questions: the dimensions of this aviary, reasonable population limit, and mesh grade. I'm guessing 1600 sq ft for 30-40 cockatoos, 16 ga woven... The one we have now is only good for a small group of medium sized parrots (25'x20'x12' tall, 16 gauge welded mesh with 1" apertures).

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3 days ago

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Meet Niki, an 18 year old African Grey that came to TGF in 2010 after her owner became seriously ill and could no longer care for their birds. It took almost six years for a special person to come along. When our adopter, Cynthia, was looking to add her first bird to her home she met several birds here at TGF but she just couldn't get shy Niki out of her mind. She just knew she needed to give this special girl a chance. Almost a year later, Niki has blossomed in her new home. It has taken time and patience but Cynthia was definitely the right person to take on this challenge. She absolutely loves her new "mom"! She has also adjusted well to her new kids. Cynthia told us that she nods "yes" when asked if she is a pretty girl or a good girl. She is a big fan of nature shows and taking showers. Niki also enjoys barking like several different breeds of dogs and also has an expanding English vocabulary. She remains cautious but continues to get braver and braver exploring her new home. We love to hear about these amazing transformations! ... See MoreSee Less

Meet Niki, an 18 year old African Grey that came to TGF in 2010 after her owner became seriously ill and could no longer care for their birds. It took almost six years for a special person to come along. When our adopter, Cynthia, was looking to add her first bird to her home she met several birds here at TGF but she just couldnt get shy Niki out of her mind.  She just knew she needed to give this special girl a chance.  Almost a year later, Niki has blossomed in her new home. It has taken time and patience but Cynthia was definitely the right person to take on this challenge. She absolutely loves her new mom!  She has also adjusted well to her new kids. Cynthia told us that she nods yes when asked if she is a pretty girl or a good girl. She is a big fan of nature shows and taking showers.  Niki also enjoys barking like several different breeds of dogs and also has an expanding English vocabulary.  She remains cautious but continues to get braver and braver exploring her new home. We love to hear about these amazing transformations!

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Thank you. She is truly amazing and I couldn't be more grateful for her. She chose me and that is where it began. When I brought her home and she got into her cage she immediately showed happiness. Noises and playing. With in 24 hours she started talking. She will talk quietly when she wants me to come to her because I can't hear her lol. There has been so much she has accomplished I can put it all into words. It nonstop. For the first time this morning she came to the door of her cage to show interest in coming to me with out prompting. She told me she needed more water, she didn't but I added a tiny bit more to her dish and she danced after trying to peel the label off the bottle. She is in a really good mood today lol.

Thank you ! You will make a great Mommy. Grey's are fun !

Omg love stories like these!!! Niki is such a beauty!!!

Awwww....what a cutie

Yeaaaaaaaaa, successful adoption, sweet parrot.

Wonderful!

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wonderful news!

Great job Niki and human!

I absolutely love African Greys and Miss my girl so much, I wish I knew where she is

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It's citrus season! In CO we're celebrating mandarins, tangelos, Cara Cara's, Red River grapefruit, Meyers's lemons, blood oranges, key limes, Valencia, navel oranges, Cuties, Halos and every new tasty, juicy treat that comes to market. Bodhi is making it very easy to teach your flock how to enjoy a perfect snack. Now go grab one and share it with your buddies. ... See MoreSee Less

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My macaw gets a whole halo occasionally and the others get wedges.... funny how some like them and some don't. My monk likes blackberries but not raspberries!

Can he come home with me? He's a sweetie! Btw, loved seeing you all on the dr. Jeff show.

Bodhi looks just like me! I want some citrus too!

African greys are fantastic!

And share with your friends!

Hi sweet Bodhi! Rascal loves clementines also!!

He is gorgeous. I love African Greys!

Good to know!

Bodhi rocks!

What a sweetie.

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