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BIRD TALK Editor's Note: Interactions

Melissa Kauffman explains how her birds talk
Editor Melissa Kauffman

My husband crawled out of bed this morning around 6am. He tried to quietly shower and dress so as not to wake me. (Of course, he woke me up the moment he got up.) His clothes are in our second room, aka the bird room. So as he’s getting ready, I could hear Natty Bird and then Carlisle and then Natty again greet him with calls. They have the cutest little three-note call to say hello. I love that call. It always makes me smile — but, obviously not my husband. He didn’t say a word. I called out, “Why won’t you answer them?” He told me he was trying to be quiet and not wake me up. However, I believe he is just oblivious. Having not lived with birds very long, he isn’t in the habit of talking to them.

Like our magazine title suggests, “talk” and “birds” is a winning combination. In fact, we should talk to all of our pets, talk to our children, talk to our spouses, talk to our friends. Just taking a moment to focus on those around us and talk with them can really make a difference in our relationships.

And speaking of relationships, I try to get out of the office to get together with others in the bird community. I left hot and sunny California to fly to a very cold Denver, Colorado, for a 24-hour visit. I had the opportunity to meet the board of directors of the National Cage Bird Show. This fall’s national bird show will be held in Denver. Publisher Bill Rauch, birdchannel Internet Marketing Director Michelle Williams and I spoke with them about some exciting ways to bring the show home to our magazine readers and channel users.

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Denver is a great place for bird lovers. I also had the opportunity to visit Sally Blanchard’s Laughing Parrot Gallery. If I just had another 24 hours, I could have also run over to the avian retail store The Bird Brain, which supports the Gabriel Foundation. The Gabriel Foundation’s beautiful, new bird sanctuary is also located outside of Denver. If you are thinking about a bird trip in the future, you might just want to make it Denver next November.

We have great articles in this issue — helpful hints plus a look at mutations and normals. I’ve heard a lot of talk in some circles that, in our love for mutations, the normals have been left behind. So we asked writer Rebecca Sweat to check it out. We’ll always welcome your
thoughts, tips and “talks” with your birds.— MLK


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