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.

Endangered Parrots Word Search

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Our first game for 2019 is an Endangered Parrots word search submitted by regular contributor Tiellover.

Grab your pencil, head on over to the Feather Fun page and enjoy some down time with this entertaining yet informative word game.

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.

What’s Really Contagious

After coming down with a nasty sinus infection a week before Christmas, Sherri soon bubbles 7-4-16realizes how some of her negative behavior can quickly transfer over to the behavior and reactions of Bubbles and Zack.

Sherri observes that companion birds can help us become better people – if we acknowledge that their reactions can shine a light on problems that we might want to avoid.  There’s so much to behavior on the part of humans and birds.

Visit our Feathered Frenzy page to find out how Sherri strives to balance a zack 5-16-14busy work schedule and implement relaxation techniques to help her get “centered” when the world around her gets out of control.

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.

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.