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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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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