This past October the quaint Colorado town of Elizabeth saw its population rise by the hundreds — of parrots that is — when The Gabriel Foundation celebrated the grand opening of its new aviary and adoption center. The center is one of the largest of its kind and can house up to 350 parrots. The facility not only offers a refuge for its many feathered residents, it allows visitors an up-close encounter with parrots of all sizes amid breathtaking views of the Rocky Mountains.
From 1996 to 2005, the foundation operated out of a much smaller 8,500 square-foot facility near Aspen. The new compound in Elizabeth measures 40,000-square feet and features three buildings with species-specific quarters, which house parrots of all sizes — from budgies to macaws — that offer radiant heat and Venta Airwashers to replicate a warm, high-humidity environment. Quarantine rooms, training rooms, full kitchens as well as spacious outdoor flights that allow each resident year-round access to the outdoors are also among the amenities.
**For the full article, pick up the April issue of BIRD TALK**
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