Beneath the Cage Grate – February edition

IMG_20190203_140338In his latest Beneath the Cage Grate column, Morty tells of a letter he recently received from Rocco, another African Grey who is having a very challenging time with a demonic Alexa.

Rocco’s Alexa keeps getting him into trouble, and if he can’t find a way to stave off his Alexa’s foul language and bad shopping habits, he’s going to find himself in a real pickle with his parront.

Click here to read Morty’s comical – yet practical, response to Rocco!  And, find out what Morty asks of Rocco about eradicating the dreaded roomba from the house.

Technology Hijinks

Bubbles 6-16-16Sherri’s latest articles is a perfect complement to Morty’s, both offering readers cautionary tales of how technology, while useful in some ways, can also run amuck, causing chaos among all members of the household – including inquisitive birdies.

Click here to read how a Christmas gift led Sherri, Bubbles and Zack to have an interesting new year’s technological adventure.

News on the Wing: New Year Edition

IMG_20180615_155821We’ve collected some of the best tweets and articles from around the globe for the new year’s edition of News on the Wing.

Click here to read about endangered birds, new conservation efforts, the decline of a Mexico City amphibian cultural icon, and how your old Christmas tree can provide winter shelter and a feeding area for backyard birds.

Beneath the Cage Grate: Vroom Vroom Roomba

img_20190104_115009Twas the day after Christmas and all through the house, not a creature was stirring because of that runaway Roomba Alexa gave mother for Christmas!  Honestly, I could just spit seeds!  Just when you thought it was safe to take a stroll around the apartment, that ditzy Alexa strikes again!

Morty’s challenges with Alexa continue.  Visit Morty’s Column to read his hilarious take on Alexa’s gift for mum.

Season’s Greetings from the Roost!

To all of us here at The Roost, we want to extend our best wishes to everybirIMG_20181223_120928die for a very Merry Christmas and all the best for 2019!

May your birdie stockings be brimming with your favourite nom noms and your dreams filled with visions of new toys, tasty treats and many, and oodles of scritchies and hours of playtime with your parronts.

Have a wonderful Christmas everybirdie! Stay tuned for new articles and news from The Roost’s contributors in early January!

Birds can feel the magic of the holiday season too!

It starts on November 1, inspiring over seven weeks of bright eyes, excitement, and good behavior. It is the ringtone that only mommy can hear:  “Hello? Hi, Santa!”  Bubbles and Zack begin their posturing and charm as they know the holidays are on the horizon and they’re on Santa’s radar for good behavior!  The holidays are a fun time, and we can share that fun with our avian companions. We just have to be mindful of exercising appropriate safety precautions around the home and with other people.

Read Sherri’s inspiring and fun Feathered Frenzy article to find out more about fun ways to get your birdies excited for the upcoming holidays and safe ways to include them in the festivities.

Beneath the Cage Grate: Quelling Sid’s Dark Thoughts

While softening, a little, towards Alexa, Morty is now dealing with a distraught Sid TheIMG_20181201_130116 Parrot.  Sid is struggling to find a way to get all of his dad’s attention while

desperately trying to put distance between his dad and a meddling woman friend.  Despite pouring on the charm to win her over, Sid writes to Morty seeking help to dissuade his dark thoughts about ‘getting rid’ of this woman.

Instead of resorting to actions that would lead to notoriety – and possibly publishing rights, Morty advises Sid to use some tried and true parrot moves for messing with humans!  Read Morty’s sage advice to Sid on Beneath the Cage Grate BUT, make sure to read the article away from the prying eyes of your parronts – just in case you need to invoke some of these strategies in your future!

News on the Wing: November Edition

TheIMG_20180615_155811 World Wildlife Fund recently released its Living Planet Report 2018, and the news is dire for the world’s wildlife.  The following are a few of the sobering statistics highlighted in the report:

“OUR LIVING PLANET, AT A GLANCE

60%  – Populations of mammals, birds, fish, reptiles, and amphibians have, on average, declined by 60% between 1970 and 2014, the most recent year with available data.

50% – The Earth is estimated to have lost about half of its shallow water corals in the past 30 years.

20% – A fifth of the Amazon has disappeared in just 50 years.

$125 trillion – Globally, nature provides services worth around $125 trillion a year, while also helping ensure the supply of fresh air, clean water, food, energy, medicines, and much more.”

We are not only destroying the natural world, we are also putting ourselves in peril.  There’s not much time for humans to stand up for nature and develop concrete, sustainable plans to reduce and turn around the damage already done to wildlife and the planet.

Read the WWF’s Living Planet Report 2018 here.

Read our November Edition of News on the Wing here.

Morty’s Birthday Bash Bungle

Morty’s day began as normal UNTIL, he found out his mum was going out for a birthday bash!  Well, with mum gone, Morty thought hey, why not tell everyone it was his birthday too and hold a little birthday bash of his own.  What could possibly go wrong, right?  IMG_20181103_111124

Well, putting Alexa in charge of the birthday  invitations and refreshments was quite likely  Morty’s first mistake.  Instead of Alexa inviting Morty’s AniPal friends from Twitter and Instagram, fly over to Beneath the Cage Grate to read about the ruckus that ensued with Alexa’s invitation announcements.

P.S. If you didn’t get an invitation for Morty’s party, you’ll soon discover why!