The Basic Care and Training class at the National Aviary at Pittsburgh will be at 1:30 PM instead of 10:00 AM.  This time change is to allow a group of veterinary tech students to attend our class.    As the admission fee for the class also includes admission to the Aviary for the whole day, you can come earlier and visit the other displays and attractions then come join us at 1:30.  The class should take about 1.5 to 2 hours.  The National Aviary at Pittsburgh opens for the day at 10:00 AM.  Representatives of PEAC will be present to answer questions about the organization and discuss the adoption program, volunteer, and bird fostering opportunities.

You can pre-register for this class, to guarantee that a space will be available at:



Coming events at The National Aviary and Phipps Conservatory

We’re coming to Phipps Conservatory in Pittsburgh on Saturday, September 3, 2011.    From 1:30 to 2:30 some of our members will be discussing, “Parrots and Plants”.  There are plants that are dangerous to your parrot, plants that improve the air in your house,  and others that are good to eat.

This informal session is included in the admission to Phipps Conservatory.




On Saturday, August 13, The National Aviary at Pittsburgh and the Pittsburgh affiliate of The Parrot Education and Adoption Center will present a class on Basic Parrotkeeping and Training.  The trainers at the Aviary are known throughout the world, for their expertise.  This class also fulfills one of the requirements for adopting or fostering a bird fron PEAC.  Admission is $25.00 and includes a folder with written information and admission to the National Aviary in Pittsburgh, for the entire day.  Members of the Aviary and/or PEAC receive a $5.00 discount.  The class is at 10:00 AM.  You can pre-register at this link:


PEAC representatives will be on hand to discuss the opportunities to participate in the organization as well as, adoptable birds and fostering needs.

Classes with PEAC and the National Aviary

The Pittsburgh Affiliate of PEAC and the National Aviary have had an ongoing partnership to present classes at the National Aviary at Pittsburgh’s facility throughout the year.  The remaining class dates for this year are:

Saturday, August 13, 2011               Basic Care and Training

Saturday, September 24, 2011         Enrichment

Saturday, October 22, 2011              Basic Care and Training

Saturday, November 12, 2011          Enrichment

Saturday, December 10, 2011          Basic Care and Training

PEAC is also scheduling additional classes and events throughout the year.  More timely details will be presented when dates and times are finalized.


We will be at their free birdy flea market on Saturday, August 7, 2011 from noon until 5:00 PM.

They are located at:   2019 Eastern Avenue      Verona, PA 15147   412-828-4671







Parrot Enrichment Class at the National Aviary @ Pittsburgh, PA

A class on enrichment of Parrots and other hookbill birds is being presented on SATURDAY, JULY 23, 2011 AT 10:00 AM. It is being held at the National Aviary in Pittsburgh, Allegheny Commons West, 700 Arch Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15212      412-323-7235.

The class will be presented by one of the trainers from the Aviary and a hands on workshop, in which you will have the opportunity to construct and take home an appropriate toy for your bird, at no additional cost, will be conducted by a representative of the Pittsburgh affiliate of the Parrot Education and Adoption Center (PEAC).

True Parrots and other hookbill birds, such as Macaws, Cockatoos, Conures, Lories, Parakeets, Cockatiels, Lovebirds, and others are intelligent beings who need adequate intellectual stimulation to be successful companions and to maintain their health. This class discusses the environmental conditions, and appropriate activities and toys that will positively influence the well being and good quality of life for your bird(s) and you.

This course is a product of a cooperative partnership between the National Aviary at Pittsburgh, and the Pittsburgh affiliate of the Parrot Education and Adoption Center (PEAC). The National Aviary is known throughout the world for it’s collection of birds and it’s trained bird shows. PEAC was founded in San Diego in 1996, to promote the highest quality of education on how to properly care for companion hookbill birds and facilitate the successful rehoming of parrot type birds who have lost their homes, to new homes where they will receive proper care. PEAC has affiliated chapters in several states.

The Pittsburgh affiliate of PEAC is run entirely by volunteers and is an IRS class 501C(3) charitable organization. Representatives will be present to discuss the activities of PEAC, the birds available for adoption, and volunteer and home fostering opportunities.

Tuition of $25.00 for this program includes admission to the National Aviary for the entire day, the class and toy making workshop at 10:00 AM, and the toy(s) you will make. Members of the Aviary and/or PEAC receive a $5.00 discount. It is helpful to us if you pre-register for this event so that sufficient materials can be assured, however, you will be just as welcome if you come without pre-registering. http://www.pitpeac.org/seminars2.php

If you wish to join PEAC and/or the National Aviary, at the event, but prior to the start of the class, you will be able to receive the discount.

Membership in the Pittsburgh affiliate of PEAC is $20.00 for an individual, for a year. A family membership is only $30.00 for a year. PEAC members receive a discount on many events and classes, and others are free to PEAC members.

Pictures From: How to Train Your Companion Parrot To Participate In It’s Own Veterinary Care


June 4, 2011  Enrichment – 10:00 AM at National Aviary at Pittsburgh, PA

June 25, 2011 Basic Bird Care and Safety   1:30 PM at Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh – Squirrel Hill Branch

How to Train Your Companion Parrot To Participate In It’s Own Veterinary Care

The Parrot Education and Adoption Center of Pittsburgh (PEAC) is presenting a special class on, “How to Train Your Companion Parrot To Participate In It’s Own Veterinary Care”, conducted by Cathy Schlott of the National Aviary.

Cathy Schlott is the Manager of Animal Training at the National Aviary.  She has extensive experience working with a variety of bird species and has managed the indoor and outdoor bird shows at the National Aviary since 2007.  This includes, ”Wings!” -  The Indoor Free Flight Avian Adventure, with flying eagles, owls, vultures, hawks, macaws, and more.  In addition to animal training, she has a background in wildlife rehabilitation, environmental education, and biology.  She is also a professional member of  The Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA),  The International Association of Avian Trainers and Educators (IAATE), and currently serves on the board of directors for ABMA (Animal Behavior Management Alliance).

This will be a live workshop.  Cathy will be bringing some of her trained birds from the National Aviary to use for demonstration purposes.  Cathy will also have a meet and greet session after the demonstration and answer questions you may have about your bird’s training.  Come on out and learn personally from one of the premier people in the animal training world.

The professional training concepts included in this class are also applicable to dog, cat, horse, and other companion animals, as well.

We are very excited to have her present this class.  It has not been presented before, and includes the most up to date approaches to including your animal’s participation into it’s own veterinary care.

There will also be light refreshments and the opportunity to meet and socialize with PEAC volunteers,  find out more about our educational programs, get information on birds in our adoption program, and learn about opportunities to become a volunteer or foster birds awaiting placement.

This class, on Saturday, May 21, from 11:00 to 1:00, will be at the Pleasant Hills Library,  302 Old Clairton Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15236.  This is near the cloverleaf of Rt 51 and Lebanon Church Rd, down the road towards Pittsburgh, from Century 3 Mall.  http://www.pleasanthillslibrary.org/

     A small venue session, such as this, conducted by a someone as well known and accredited in the field of behaviorism, could easily cost $75-$80 dollars per session.  However, PEAC is able to bring it to you for a very reasonable cost.  Admission is $25.00 for non-members of PEAC.  Member’s admission is $20.00.  THERE IS A $5.00 DISCOUNT (FOR BOTH MEMBERS AND NON-MEMBERS) IF YOU PRE-REGISTER ON LINE.

  If you wish to join PEAC, you can do it at the event and immediately receive the discount.  PEAC (Pittsburgh) membership is $20.00 for an individual or $30.00 for a family, for a year.

There are still some seats available. Although it is strongly suggested that you pre-register for this event, to guarantee your admission and receive the discount, we will try to accommodate late arrivals.  You can do that by clicking here: Registration Page



Join us for “I didn’t know that about my bird…” on Sunday, March 20

Held at: Norwin Public Library, Sunday March 20th, 1:30Pm-3:00PM.  Click here for Norwin Library’s Website

John Lege

Sunday, March 20th, from 1:30-3:00 at the Norwin Public Library, John Lege will be presenting “I didn’t know that about my bird…” John is bringing along some of his birds to give you an educational experience you won’t soon forget. John has had a lifelong passion for birds and, along with his own parrot handling experiences, has spent time volunteering at The National Aviary. He loves to share his knowledge about birds with people of all ages and educate them about not only the different species of birds but also about parrot care.

Check out John’s website for more information about his programs and to meet some of his birds.

This seminar is free to pre-registered PEAC members; please pre-register here.  Although this seminar falls under the same pricing policy as all general PEAC seminars, John will be accepting donations to help the birds in his sanctuary.

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We Are Coming to the East!

Come visit me at the Open House

We are having a “Basic Bird Care Seminar” and “Open House”

Held at: The Norwin Public Library on Sunday, February 20th at 1:00 pm

We will be holding an Open House & Basic Bird Care Seminar.  There will be adoptable birds on hand including Cockatoo’s, Amazon’s, a Macaw and others.  Several varieties of enrichment items from different makers including Ellen Smith and Penny Corbett will be on hand.  We will have specialty food items that are healthy and wholesome for your flock.  Hand Painted Ornaments and Artwork from local artist Bette Jo Traggiai is being added to the inventory this year . Light refreshments will be served. All proceeds will benefit our educational programs, outreach and the care of the foster birds in our program.  The success of this event and your participation is essential to our mission of , “Setting the highest standard in quality education in the specialized care of companion birds in Pittsburgh.” So, come on down and get those hard to find items, meet the birds in our foster program, and help PEAC continue its work with Pittsburgh’s parrot community.

Additionally, Jeff Morneweck our webmaster and Vice-President will be teaching a Basic Care Seminar.  Are you feeding your companion parrot the proper diet, and providing an appropriate cage and toys?   This class will cover all the basic information about keeping a safe and healthy parrot.  Topics will include:

  • Selecting and locating the proper cage
  • Choosing the right toys
  • Nutrition
  • Grooming
  • Safety

To register for this seminar, please see the Seminar Page.

This event is free to all.

Attending this seminar meets one of the requirements for adoption any size bird from PEAC Pittsburgh.

First Quarter Seminar and Event Schedule Released

We have released the new year’s (2011) first quarter schedule.  We have taken heed of many suggestions offered from our membership and have expanded our offerings.  We have added locations (Norwin Public Library, and the National Aviary).  We have varied the topics and speakers.  We have added a change of day and time to help accommodate those who can’t make Saturdays.  Please visit the registration page (Click Here) for times, locations, subjects and speakers.

Parrot Maladies, Identification & Treatment + Ask the Vet Seminar – January 29th

Dr. Edward Bennett, DVM Instructing.

Held at: Robert Morris University, Patrick Henry Center (Hopwood Hall) on Saturday, January 29th at 10:00AM.

Robert Morris University Campus Map (PDF).

PEAC is very excited to have Dr. Edward Bennett on-board to give this seminar.  Dr. Edward Bennett of All Pet Animal Hospital is PEAC Pittsburgh’s consulting avian veterinarian. As a child growing up in Pittsburgh, Dr. Bennett knew he wanted to be a veterinarian. He lived in Highland Park near the Pittsburgh Zoo, where he spent summers and vacations in high school and college working with the veterinarians. His educational background is wide-ranging, including a BA in Psychology from the University of Rochester, a BS in Animal Science from Pennsylvania State University, and a BSA in Biology from the University of Georgia, where he also received his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM).  Although Dr. Bennett originally intended to practice medicine in zoos, he realized he would miss small animals and started practicing small and exotic animal medicine in Savannah, Georgia in 1989. Twelve years ago he bought All Pet Animal Hospital in Gibsonia, PA and opened a second office three years ago in Sarver, PA. Dr. Bennett loves the exotics and studied avian care and diseases in veterinary school and many seminars since earning his DVM.

Dr. Bennett joins PEAC Pittsburgh to educate parrot owners on avian care and illness.

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