PEAC will be at the Animal Rescue Day at the National Aviary 7/30

The Pittsburgh affiliate of the Parrot Education and Adoption Center (PEAC) will be one of the area rescue groups at the National Aviary at Pittsburgh’s,  ”Animal Rescue Day” on July 30 from 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM.

Meet with representatives of PEAC, along with WPA Humane Society, Hide-E-Hole, ARL Wildlife Center, Great Pyrenees Club of Western PA, Hello Bully, Going Home Greyhounds, and Doberman Pinscher Rescue of Western PA.

Members of the National Aviary receive free admission.


Wake up and smell Coffee

We’ve gotten in a brightly colored lorikeet that’s healthy and looking for a good home.  Generally called a Rainbow Lorikeet, Coffee is, more specifically, a Green Naped Lorikeet.  Peppy, colorful birds, lorikeets have a nice sweet smell, likely a result of their special diet.  They don’t eat seed and grain based diets like other parrot type birds do, they’re more like jumbo hummingbird parrots, loving their fruit and nectar.  Coffee is about 12 years old.  He mumbles, whistles, coos, and jumps around.  Maybe he’d like the Bunny Hop.

The picture was taken shortly after he came in, while he was still undergoing quarantine.  He has been checked by a veterinarian, as have all our adoptable birds, and his claws are now properly clipped.





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.


PEAC will be at the Pittsburgh Bird Fair Expo on 7/17

The Pittsburgh affiliate of PEAC (Parrot Education and Adoption Center) will be at the Pittsburgh Bird Fair Expo on July 17, 2011.

This is a good opportunity to meet us and find out about our educational programs and classes, as well as, our adoptable birds and fostering opportunities.

The event is at the Circleville Volunteer Fire Department     129 N. Robbins Station Road    North Huntington, PA 15642  and runs from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM.

An wide assortment of vendors with birds and bird related products will be there and PEAC will be selling food from the fire hall kitchen.

N. Robbins Station Rd is east of Pittsburgh proper, off of Rt 30 East, near the top of Jacktown Hill.  If you take the PA Turnpike it is near exit 67.

Admission is $3.00     children 9 and under are admitted free.


Volunteer Meeting

Location: Squirrel Hill Library after Basic Care Seminar (3:30-ish)

PEAC is a professional volunteer organization.  In so being it is absolutely dependant on its volunteers!  I have made a commitment to retain as many current volunteers as possible, to recover any former resignees, and to recruit responsible, willing new volunteers.  I aim to increase the transparency of the organization, decentralize tasks, and allow our volunteers to be as active as they choose to be in both the active ‘pounding the pavement’ tasks as well as the decision making process.  ANY amount of time, ANY skill a person is willing to give is a treasure that will be greatly appreciated.

This is the statement I made after intitially taking over PEAC.  Until now, PEAC has been focused on changing locations, adding to its curricula, maintaining and improving its adoption process.  In order for these to move further and to promote our existence, I need to focus on volunteerism.  I had wanted to focus on volunteerism earlier than now, but have not been successful.  Better nate than lever!  There are several  positions that need to be filled that will require some time, as well as positions that are equally important, but require less time.

Additionally, I would like to have as many opinions as possible at this meeting to provide feedback on where we are and where we need to go in the future.  Your voice is important.

Please join me at the Squirrel Hill Library on Saturday, June 25, 2011 for a very important volunteer meeting .  This meeting is open to ANY member or potential member who thinks they might want to donate time or talent of any kind to PEAC, Pittsburgh.  Even if you’re just curious, please join us.


Aviary Enrichment Class for June 4, 2011 is Cancelled

Unfortunately, due to a lack of pre-registration we will be cancelling the “Enrichment” Seminar due to be held tomorrow, June 4, 2011 at the National Aviary.  We will be moving this seminar topic to the July 23, 2011 date at the National Aviary.


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




Board of Directors’ Meeting-Open Meeting

The quarterly meeting for the Board of Directors will be held this Sunday, May 15, 2011 from 1:30pm until 2:30pm in Cranberry Twp., Pa.  The address is 7000 Stonewood Dr. Wexford, PA 15090

It’s the office park behind Atria’s on Route 19. If you are coming from the south, go up I-79 to exit 75 (Warrendale). Then go back south on route 19. That’s a lot easier than using the Wexford exit.
Look for the 7000 building (it’s the last one in the back of the office park).  The best thing to do is drive around behind the building, park in back, and come in the entrance by the gazebo. The conference room is in suite 110. The outside doors will probably be locked, so I will watch for you and let you in.
There will be discussion concerning the past quarter, the current and future direction of PEAC: to include filling of a vacant seat on the Board of Directors by Steve Sarro, Director of Animal Programs at the National Aviary.
All are invited to attend.

Sunny the Sun Conure – ADOPTED

Sunny is about 14 years old, and therefore, is past some of the rambunctious frenzy of an immature bird.  He readily steps up, eats a variety of food and treats without getting finicky about it, loves his cage, and can be trusted to come and go at his discretion.  His foster keeper has described him as a, “perfect bird.”