My college majors were French, Journalism and Ornamental Horticulture. A perfect educational start for a woman who ultimately dedicated her life to the welfare of parrots, right? Not exactly.
When I was 19 years old, I walked into a pet store and came eye to eye with an African Grey parrot. It was a profound experience for me, which left a lasting mark. I vowed to one day have such a parrot. In the meantime, I contented mysef with budgies, cockatiels and lovebirds. I just happen to love anything with feathers!
When the time came, I visited nearby breeders with a great deal of excitement and hope. (This was back when there still were lots of hobby breeders.) However, the greys I encountered were shy and not inclined to visit. Something was wrong. Baby parrots should want to interact.
In my naive arrogance, I decided that I would breed my own. I did, with the help of my friend and mentor, Phoebe Green Linden. The birds I reared were confident, skillful, coordinated, bold and did well in their new homes.
In truth, I didn't feel all that good about breeding parrots, since even back then they were losing their homes right and left. So, after I had my grey companions and satisfied my quest for knowledge about the developmental paths of young parrots, I turned my efforts toward helping caregivers with their parrots.
From what I could see of the information currently in print, it struck me that getting as much hands-on experience as possible would allow me to be most helpful.
All of these experiences have crafted me into a woman who loves parrots and people and who is well-positioned to help you with any problem or challenge you might have with a parrot, from finding a good breeder to resolving feather destructive behavior.