Karen Atwood, of Florida Parrot Rescue

Karen Atwood–Senior West Coast Vice President and Southwest Coast Foster Coordinator for Florida Parrot Rescue–discusses the founding and evolution of Florida Parrot Rescue (earlier called Tampa Bay Parrot Rescue), and how her own involvement began.

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She also addressed the organization’s educational emphases–highlighting the rewards and challenges of living with birds, including traits unique to parrots, such as life spans for some of upwards of 80 years, or their vocalizing which can be a real issue particularly for those unprepared for the “noise.” Atwood explained the importance of fostering, including how it can help modify a bird’s behavior and boost its adoption prospects, pointing to Stevie–a bird she herself is currently fostering, and brought into the studio for the interview–as an example: he came out of a bird hoarding case in Orlando and, related to that, was very vocal and loud when he arrived in Atwood’s home. But she and her family have reacted (or, more to the point, not reacted) to Stevie’s vocalizations in such a way that they’ve become quieter and less frequent. She also outlined the Florida Parrot Rescue adoption procedure, noted their long-term hope to create an accompanying avian sanctuary, and briefly commented on parrot mills. (www.FloridaParrotRescue.com, www.Facebook.com/FLParrotRescue)

COMEDY CORNER: Dave Attell’s “Parrot” (www.DaveAttell.com)

MUSIC: Sharon Van Etten’s “Serpents,” Mike Doughty’s “Year Of The Dog,” instrumentals

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Duncan Strauss is the producer-host of “Talking Animals,” which he launched at KUCI in California in 2003, combining his passions for animals, radio, journalism, music and comedy. The show has aired since late 2005 on Tampa’s WMNF. Strauss lives in Jupiter Farms, FL with his family, including four cats, two horses and one dog. He spends each day talking to those animals, and maintains they talk right back to him, an as yet unverified claim.

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