The New York Birds
Welcome to New York Birds’ Parrot Advice. We emphasize compassion for, attunement to and awareness of our companion birds; we know they may be tame but that they are also undomesticated creatures, ill-adapted for life in a human home. With this understanding, New York Birds seeks to educate regarding avian well being. We are dedicated to providing the most accurate and thorough advice regarding avian care. We emphasize the importance of light, flight, diet and companionship – and the necessity of creating the most compatible and healthy bird environment possible. New Yorks Birds is pleased to announce that Dr. Ann Bourke (Northeast Bird Clinic) and Dr. Jodie Santore, both excellent veterinarians specializing in avian care, will serve as consultants for this website and message board.
Born in Uruguay, South America, Beatriz moved to United States at seventeen years of age. Beatriz has had birds all her life. As a child, she used to hand raise Quakers with her grandmother, only to release them later, and has raised song canaries for many years. Beatriz brought home her first rescue parrot 15 years ago from a friend of a friend who did not want the bird any longer (Pretty Bird, a female Red Lored Amazon, now 24 years old and still living with her). Today, Beatriz runs a small rescue where birds are cage-free and fully flighted, residing in a bird room especially built for them. She does not believe in clipping under any circumstances and does not believe in caging unless it’s for their own protection. She does not believe in keeping birds as ‘pets’ and does not believe in breeding species for which humans cannot provide adequate care or for species that are over-populated. Does not believe that companion animals should be sold or bought. Beatriz also volunteers at a strictly no-kill local dog and cat rescue and presents workshops to children about undomesticated parrots unsuitability as pets, as well as to adults on feather plucking and mutilation and canary care. She has a degree in Business Management and International Banking and worked in New York City’s financial sector for many years.
Linda is the president of Sunnyskies, a not-for-profit business and avian/animal sanctuary, and has worked in parrot and animal rescue for almost 20 years. Her birds are housed in a 3 room wing attached to her home, built specifically for that purpose. At Sunnyskies, Linda has established a place where unwanted parrots will come to stay for life: Many of the birds have been with her for 10-15 years. Sunnyskies does not adopt out, but Linda will, occasionally, take a bird or birds that are bound for another home, as an assist to other parrot rescue organizations. As Linda states, “Everything I know of parrots, I’ve learned from parrots; the medical stuff, I’ve learned from avian vets and research.” She firmly believes every life is precious and worth saving, and therefore does not endorse euthanasia as a solution but only as a last resort for a dying bird or animal in pain.
Linda works extensively in rescue in her area of Warwick, New York and beyond, and collaborates her services with a number of other rescues. She has been involved for years with The Oasis Sanctuary in Arizona, and more recently with Best Friends for Pets Alive in New York. Linda brings great knowledge and thoughtfulness to the issues surrounding avian care and welfare, and is nuanced and broad minded in her approach.
Randi, a writer and film director from New York, lives with 8 people, 3 dogs, 3 macaws and a cockatoo. Both Beatriz and Linda are an inspiration and wellspring of knowledge to Randi in her imperfect quest to create the best possible life for her avian companions. Randi is president and creative director of Sweet Marie Productions, a multi- media company, which is currently producing a film about the interface between parrots and people. This relationship brings intelligent, emotional and undomesticated beings that evolved to fly long distances, forage for food and live together in flocks, into the homes of various human beings often ill equipped to deal with their complex needs. Randi sometimes gets the strange feeling that living with parrots is like living with intelligent, alien beings from another planet.