Meetings and Events

President’s Message

Hi All,

March appears to be coming in like a lion – so let’s hope the lamb-like weather will come behind. Spring is coming and often brings some possible changes to our feathered friends:

Hormonal behavior in pet birds is typically enhanced in the springtime. As breeding season approaches, the sexually mature birds experience natural hormone surges that can trigger some bizarre and undesirable behaviors. As a rule, any abrupt and dramatic behavior change in a mature parrot that is not evidence of a possible medical problem, can safely be classed as “nesting behavior”. Of course if you are not sure about your parrot’s behavior, it’s always best to make an appointment with your avian veterinarian to be sure your bird is okay.

Female birds may start displaying unusual changes in behavior as spring approaches and the season brings about longer days. Owners may notice that their birds have been scratching or tearing at the newspaper lining in their cage. This type of mess may also be accompanied by a collection of self-removed feathers. These actions may seem bizarre, unusual and problematic, but it’s simply a natural adjustment. Parrots cannot control this hormonal “personality change”, so be patient and tolerant of his temporary attitude and sometimes even aggressiveness, as it is not permanent.

When does this behavior begin?
This type of behavior is instinctual and especially common during breeding times. During the beginning of the season, shortly after Daylight Savings has begun, mature females may demonstrate attempts at constructing a nest, or searching for potential nest-building materials. These urges are often so strong that females will provide a nest by any means necessary, i.e. plucking their own feathers. This innate need to prepare a home for potential offspring is oftentimes destructive and should be monitored closely and remedied if it becomes too extreme.

What types of behavior should I expect?

These behaviors can range from excessive screaming, biting, and bluffing, to being overly affectionate. Territoriality may also be a sign of hormonal behavior in birds. Often, there isn’t much that owners can do to alleviate their pets’ hormonal symptoms. Most just wait for the behavior problems to pass with the season.

Geri Driggs
President – WAES


March 10: Guest Speaker Patty Rayman

Speaker: Patty Rayman
Topic:  Humans Think. Animals Feel. Finding Common Ground Between You and Your Animal Friends

We are delighted to have as our speaker this month Pet Psychic and animal communicator, Patty Rayman. She is the author of the book “Humans Think. Animals Feel. Finding Common Ground Between You and Your Animal Friends” and is the proprietor of her business Patty Pet Psychic, here in Salt Lake City.

If you could ask your animal a question and understand the answer, what would you ask? Opening the door of communication between humans and animals is the most meaningful part of Patty’s life. She has helped thousands of people resolve many types of behavior, health, attitude and relationship issues with their animal companions. Patty believes that anyone who loves animals has the ability to successfully communicate with them and has taught Animal Communication workshops for many years. In working with all types of animals, she has developed very effective techniques to help people move from conflict to cooperation in their relationships.

Patty will speak to us about her book and will then have time to do a few readings – from your attending bird or from a photo! The cost is $10.00 per reading and Patty has generously offered to donate the evenings proceeds back to WAES.

This promises to to be a most interesting and productive meeting!

Upcoming Meetings

Our free meetings are open to the public. Come and enjoy our presentations, conversations with other parrot enthusiasts, snacks, and a donations table to benefit our birds in foster care.

Meetings held in:

Salt Lake County Complex 2001 S. State, room N1100 (North Building) Salt Lake City (Map)

Our Regular monthly Meeting is held the 2nd Saturday of every month excluding August at 7:00 PM. (Open to the Public and FREE!)

2018 Meetings:

  • Jan 13
  • Feb 10
  • Mar 10
  • Apr 14
  • May 12
  • Jun 9
  • Jul 14
  • Aug picnic – TBA
  • Sep 8
  • Oct 13
  • Nov 10
  • Dec 8

Also, WAES is collecting molted parrot feathers for The Feather Distribution Project. If you’d like to donate some feathers, please seal them in a ziplock (airtight) baggie and bring them to the meeting!

Meetings are held at the Salt Lake County Building 2001 South State room 1100 N Salt Lake City, Utah Click here for a map

Learn more about your pet parrot ~ Meet other parrot enthusiasts. Put some fun in your life. Numerous Parrots are being fostered by WAES members and good homes are needed for them. If you are interested in fostering a rescued pet parrot or would like to adopt one, please be sure to attend our meeting