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Marissa Heflin, Contributor

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Marissa Heflin

Marissa Heflin is a freelance writer for various I-5 Publishing business-to-business and consumer publications.

Heflin is a former senior news editor of the B-to-B publications Veterinary Practice News, Pet Product News International, Pet Style News and Water Garden News, all sister publications of BIRD TALK Magazine. While at BowTie (now I-5 Publishing, LLC), she also wrote news items for Bird Talk Magazine and as well as other I-5 Publishing affiliated consumer publications and websites.

Collectively, Heflin has been writing and editing for magazines for nearly 10 years. She also has experience as a veterinary nurse and at one point helped manage one of the veterinary clinic's adjoining pet stores.

Heflin has always had a love for animals and enjoys incorporating this passion into her professional and personal life. Her household recently included two furry friends, a 17-year-old cat and 11 1/2-year-old German shepherd mix, but both have passed on. She looks forward to when the time is right to welcome additional four-legged or even winged friends into her family.

Heflin currently lives in the country in Northern California with her husband and very active 2-year-old. She loves being a full-time mom and teaching her son the wonders of nature, animals and gardening.

Heflin has a degree in English with a writing emphasis and a Biology minor.

Charities Put Donation Money to Work to Help Birds
Bird enthusiasts have a variety of resources to help them choose a charity to support and the means in which to provide the funding

Vets, Animal Groups Rally to Help in Japan Relief Efforts
Veterinarians and animal organizations work to help animals effected by the earthquake and tsunami in Japan.

New Zealand’s Kakapo Population Drops To 127
Two kakapo deaths in the month of January drop the world kakapo population to 127 individual birds.

Researchers Track Pigeon Variations through Family Tree
Researchers have traced the pigeon’s family tree in an effort to sort out the abundant variations in these species.

New U.S. Quarter Features Puerto Rican Parrot
One of the quarters from the U.S. Mint's American the Beautiful Quarters Program features a Puerto Rican parrot from the El Yunque National Forest.

Nekton Names New Manager for North American Market
Marieta Vockel, the new manager of Nekton's North American market, will oversee everything from distribution to public relations.

Researchers Study Rusty-faced Parrots
Colombia researchers track the movements of the rusty-faced parrot in the Colibri del Sol Bird Reserve to learn how the parrots make use of their habitat.

Auburn University’s Raptor Center Holds Public Bird Release
Three rehabilitated birds were released in early October at the Opelika Wood Duck Heritage Preserve and Siddique Nature Park.

Budgies Find Yawning Contagious, Research Shows
When one budgerigar yawns, another budgie is sure to follow, according to the research published in Behavioural Processes.

Shubot Center To Develop Parrot PDD Diagnostic Test
Center hopes to develop PDD diagnostic test for parrots

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