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Two Worthy Fundraisers – Ways to Support Parrots Right NOW

June 19, 2012

There are two parrot-related fundraisers I want to share with you!

Lafeber Fundraiser for Phoenix Landing

Lafeber, maker of the Nutriberry treats my birds love so much, will be donating $1 worth of free bird food to Phoenix Landing for every new fan to the Lafeber/Nutriberries Facebook page through the end of June. It doesn’t cost you anything. Just click on the image below and click “Like” at the top of the page.

Lafeber Nutri-berries - Fan Page

If you’re already a fan, be sure to share this fundraiser with your friends and fellow bird lovers and ask them to become Facebook fans of Lafeber also. Hurry, the fundraiser ends June 30. All likes above and beyond 1,734 is worth $1 to Phoenix Landing.

And, of course, if you’re not a fan of Phoenix Landing on Facebook yet, be sure to like them too!

The Alex Foundation Matching Gift Grant

Through July 5, all donations  to The Alex Foundation up to $10,000 will be matched by a generous donor. Your donation, in other words, would go twice as far to support the Foundation and Dr. Irene Pepperberg’s research. Just visit their new website and donate, or learn more about their work and the African Greys picking up where Alex left off.

Dr. Pepperberg Talks to Pepper

And please also read my review of Dr. Pepperberg’s memoir about her time with Alex: Alex and Me —  How a Scientist and a Parrot Uncovered a Hidden World of Animal Intelligence — and Formed a Deep Bond in the Process.


The Work of the Alex Foundation Continues – Please Help

May 4, 2009

In Irene Pepperberg’s book Alex & Me — Pepperberg’s story of how a small bundle of feathers humbled a scientific community and showed everyone just how smart parrots really are — she writes: “How much impact could a one-pound ball of feathers have on the world? It took death for me to find out.”

When he died in 2007, his obituary in the world’s most esteemed news publications showed how far avian research has come — this was a bird eulogized alongside political leaders and celebrities. He broke all the preconceptions the world had about what happened inside a bird’s brain, and his death broke our hearts.

But Dr. Pepperberg’s work continued. After all, theirs was a partnership; while Alex was a media darling, it was Irene and Alex together who made those breakthroughs. And their research is not done. You may not know Griffin and Arthur, but they are continuing Alex’s important work, making new breakthroughs in avian language studies.

Check out this TV special featuring Dr. Pepperberg and Griffin:

Extraordinary Animals: Genius Birds

That’s why The Alex Foundation still needs your support. And right now, your donation to The Alex Foundation can count double! A generous donor is offering a matching gift for all donations of over $50 to Dr. Pepperberg’s foundation to support their continued research.

Visit for details and to make your donation. The Alex Foundation also asks that you help spread the word about the matching gift, so please feel free to link to this post, to their website directly, and to blog, tweet or email the parrot lovers in your network.

Please donate today (the matching gift expires June 30).