Pam Clark is THE go to person for one on one parrot behavior consultations. She provides a thorough evaluation and thoughtful solution based in the science of behavior analysis and practical application. Pam has years of experience with parrots, including breeding, rescue, veterinary care, nutrition and training. She brings to the table a set of skills few consultants can match. I highly recommend her to those seeking help for a parrot behavior problem.
Professional Animal Trainer - Good Bird Inc.
I consider Pamela Clark one of the most valuable resources I have at my disposal when it comes to living successfully with my parrots. On the subject of parrot behavior consultants, Pam is in a league of her own. Her ability to analyze problem parrot behavior and come up with practical, easy to implement solutions is unparalleled.
One particular consultation stands out in my mind. Buddy, my Timneh African Grey, was shy around strangers, sometimes exhibiting fearful behavior. We had been told by friends who had parrots that we should bring people over, sit in a circle, and pass Buddy from one person to another to get him over his fear of strangers. Pam suggested that for a given individual parrot that approach might be experienced as too overwhelming. Pam outlined a method for introducing Buddy to new people in a way that he could feel safer and have more choice about the interaction. Pam's advice turned out to be extremely successful and Buddy today is a parrot who shows no fear of strangers and will sometimes fly into a room where a new person has just arrived.
I can't thank Pam enough for setting me on the course to sharing my live happily with my parrots. With Pam's help the quality of life my parrots enjoy in my home is greatly enhanced. I highly recommend Pamela Clark to anyone needing help with parrot behavior problems or advice on simply how to improve their understanding of parrot behavior, parrot needs and how they might best meet those needs.
Eagle River, Alaska
It's GREAT news for parrots and people that Pamela Clark has created this website to further disseminate her behavior expertise. When caregivers turn to me for help with their parrot's feather destructive behavior, I direct them to Pamela who provides contemporary, comprehensive consulting services with an impressive blend of thoroughness, compassion and effectiveness.
Susan G. Friedman, PhD
Utah State University
Pam is a genius with parrots, and I can't recommend her highly enough. She has transformed the relationship I have with my African Grey, Bertie. Even though I'd read the literature and thought I understood positive reinforcement, applying it correctly to every interaction I had with Bertie was another matter. I did everything wrong, and I ended up with a parrot who was afraid of me and that I could barely handle. Fortunately, I discovered Pam's insightful articles, which made so much sense to me, and I contacted her for a consultation. She has been working with us for over 6 months now, and has made a world of difference. Her ability to pin-point the cause of the problems, implement solutions, and then later identify how and why my training has gone wrong (all long-distance as I live in the UK) is truly amazing.
Pam has been incredibly generous with her knowledge and time, and has taught me so many things about parrot behaviour and care. She has also alerted me to others' research in animal behaviour, all of which has made me completely re-think the way I interact with Bertie. I have learned so many things, but the key points I now try and keep in mind are: (1) to never cause Bertie to be afraid, (2) to build our rapport and his trust in me by never using coersion and always giving him an option to say "no", (3) that it isn't appropriate for us to "control" an animal's behavior - why should Bertie do something just because I want him to? (4) that training takes a very long time and is often a 'one step forward and two steps back' process - I need to be very patient, and finally, (5) that the most appropriate relationship we can have with our birds is that of zookeeper. Focusing on Bertie's physical and emotional environment rather than our personal relationship means that I no longer take it personally if I get nipped or if Bertie chooses to ignore me all day, and I am careful not to encourage over-bonding or mating behaviours that might cause problems as he matures. All this has resulted in a much healthier, happier, parrot/human relationship.
Bertie and I are still very much a work-in-progress, but I cannot thank Pam enough for all the work she has done with us. She has so much knowledge and understanding of birds that she should be made compulsory for all parrot owners!
If it weren't for Pam Clark, we would not be blessed with the happiness and joy bestowed upon us daily by our 10-year-old African Grey, Mary Beth. Mary Beth came home to us from her breeder when she was five months old. Though the breeder had kept her in excellent health, he had failed to socialize her. As a result, Mary Beth came to us both terrified and aggressive. My wife and I had never owned a parrot. Several experienced and well-meaning parrot consultants advised us to give Mary Beth away. We simply couldn't do that; we had visited her at the breeder's since she was a few weeks old, and we loved her. Sally Blanchard, a noted parrot consultant, referred us to Pam.
I can literally write a book about the miracle that Pam has worked. Her first piece of advice was to pull up a chair alongside the cage and tell Mary Beth that we loved her, that we would take care of her, and that she would never hae to worry about being harmed. That night, for the first time in two weeks, Mary Beth actually moved across the cage toward us, listening to us. Pam spent countless hours, weeks, and months working with us by phone (she was in California, while we were in Pennsylvania).
Mary Beth made progress every single day. Within two weeks, we were able to get her into her cage at night without a struggle - something that had been absolutely impossible before we knew Pam. Within a month, she was going into her cage directly from my hand with no problem at all. But that's just the tip of the iceberg. Almost ten years since we brought her home, Mary Beth is a brilliant (and not just because she's mine!), funny, and happy little girl. She happily takes care rides. She's great at the vet's, and though she's bonded to me, she gets along very well with my wife, whom she greets every morning with "Hello, Mama" or "Hello, Sweatheart."
If you need help with a bird, call Pam and do everything she says, because everything she says works! She is wonderful, generous, kind, and caring. I would bet my life that there is no better parrot consultant in the world.
Pam brings a unique blend of insights and skills to the world of parrots. For years, she has been exploring and writing about some essential issues such as diet, appropriate companionship expectations, social enrichment, flight, and as she so aptly puts it - the optimal environment. She challenges us to think about the issues that govern our ability to live successfully with our birds. When you combine her many years of experience with her own parrots, client consultations, work as a vet tech, and eloquent way of expression - the result is a remarkable person with an incredible contribution to make towards the quality of life of birds in captivity. I am personally grateful for her foresight, wisdom and intuitive awareness. Her articles were an early influence on my way of thinking and caring for my parrots. In addition, Phoenix Landing HIGHLY recommends her articles to everyone who strives to provide appropriately for their birds.
Ann Brooks, Director