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Caitiyn and her Goffin's cockatoo 

The Fledgling Blog
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Caitlyn, 10, owns a conure and a Goffin’s cockatoo. In 2004, Caitlyn was awarded the Young Aviculturist Award by The Society of Parrot Breeders and Exhibitors, the second youngest person to have received the award. Along with helping her grandparents at the Arcadia Bird Sanctuary, Caitlyn enjoys Brownies and horseback riding. Caitlyn posts monthly.

Thursday, March 31, 2010
Bye-Bye, Birdie!

Hi, everyone. This is going to be my last article, so I though about how to make it a special one. I figured we could take a walk down memory lane and remember some of the articles we shared. View Blog>>

Thursday, February 25, 2010
Waterproof Birds 

“Like water off a duck’s back” is an expression that fits this blog. Think about this: When you hear people talking about waterproof birds, what do you picture? You think about birds that live in the water, right?  View Blog>>

Thursday, January 28, 2010
More About Feathers

Remember last month when I told you about remiges, rectrices, contour, semiplume and filoplume feathers? Well this month I’m going to tell you about the last two types of feathers — bristle and powder feathers — and also how birds use all these type of feathers. Let’s go. View Blog>>

Wednesday, December 30, 2009
Different Kinds Of Feathers

I’d like to tell you about the different types of feathers a bird has. First I want to ask you, “What comes to your mind when I say feathers?” View Blog>>

Monday, November 30, 2009
Meet Isabella

This month, I want to introduce you to another bird that lives at Arcadia Bird Sanctuary. Her name is Isabella, and here she is! View Blog>>

Tuesday, October 6, 2009
Moving (Part 2)

Remember I told you I was going to be moving? I moved to North Jersey in August and I thought I would tell you about how I am doing.  View Blog>>

Friday, August 28, 2009
Things You Can Do With Feathers

Usually, I talk to you about things you can do with your birds and how to make bird toys, but today I want to tell you about things you can do with your bird’s feathers! Did you know that birds have about 7 kinds of feathers, and each kind has a special job to do!  View Blog>>

Friday, July 31, 2009

Unfortunately, I am going to be moving soon. The good news is that we are going to be closer to my mom’s work. The bad news is that I can’t take Flip with me. I am sure going to miss him. I know sometimes some of you might be in the same situation. So if this is something you have to or might have to go through, take these tips and it might be easier to say goodbye.  View Blog>>

Monday, June 22, 2009
Meet Colee

I wanted to tell you about another bird in our sanctuary. Her name is Colee, and she is a black-capped conure, just like Flip. View Blog>>

Friday, April 24, 2009
Birds and Summer

You know how fun summer can be. For kids, summer vacation means no school, and I like the combination of warm weather and no school! Plus, you have even more time to spend with your bird. But there are some things you need to look out for with your birds during the summer.   View Blog>>

Friday, April 3, 2009
Meet Tango

This month, I am going to introduce you to one of our Sanctuary birds. She is a Catalina Macaw named Tango. Tango is going to tell you a little about herself.   View Blog>>

Wednesday, March 25, 2009
New Toy Of The Month

Hey, it’s that time again - time for a new toy! Here’s what you’re going to need: Paper - any kind will do; from magazines, construction paper, cardboard or newspaper.  View Blog>>

Friday, March 13, 2009
My New Friend

Do you have a best friend, or a really great friend? How did you meet them? Well, I have a new really great friend named Elena and I met her because of our birds! View Blog>>

Monday, February 23, 2009
The Toy

Here’s another bird toy for you to make for your bird. I call this toy “The Toy” - I know, not very creative, but it’s really easy! Here’s what you’ll need: View Blog>>

Tuesday, February 10, 2009
Kids Are The Future Of Aviculture

As our new president, Barack Obama, says, “Kids are the future." Not only are we the future of America, but we are also the future of aviculture! I want you kids to share this article with your parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles and neighbors—any older person you know who has a bird. View Blog>>

Friday, January 23, 2009
Spider Straw Toy

You might not know, but you can make a bird toy out of things you can find around your house! This month, I am going to teach you how to make a toy I like to call Spider Straw Toy. For this toy, you will need: View Blog>>

Friday, January 9, 2009
Jobs For The Future

There are a lot of jobs I can do in the future with everything I know right now. Read on to find out what I do, and how it will help me in the future. View Blog>>

Wednesday, December 3, 2008
Toys For Your Bird

Did you ever wonder if your bird’s toys are safe for it?  I want to talk to you about how to tell if a toy is safe or not. One easy sign is if the toy smells funny; if so, either put it in the dishwasher or just dispose of it. I know this sounds really weird, but there is a plastic ball I bought Flip that smelled just terrible when I brought it home. View Blog>>

Wednesday, December 3, 2008
4-H Outreach

I hate to brag but, I just have to tell you about how smart two of our cockatoos are, and one is my very own Rabbit! We went to what is called an outreach. Our county 4-H and the local group of Master Gardeners put together a children’s day to celebrate birds and bugs. View Blog>>

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