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When Sally went to the Rainbow Bridge, our friend the breeder said we could have pick of her next clutch. However, we couldn't decide between Pepper & Jamaica so we took both. Their little frother Squirt lives with the breeder so they can have playdates.

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I am a Pacific Parrotlet from Brook Park, OH.

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  Hi Pepper & Jamaica
Zeena here to introduce myself. I am Sky's Blue and Gold fister, and your July 2014 BOTM candidate. I promise that we will have a fun filled, interesting July together exploring EVERYTHING BIRD.
I will introduce you to some very interesting and unique members of the avicultral world. New mutations and new finds that have recently been added to the amazing, and wonderful world of birds. Also we will visit a few very endangered and stunning species that are fighting to make a come back.
What would July be without a few funny, and interesting, humorous adventures? So grab your hats and sun-screen as we prepare to take flight throughout the world of Birds.
with love and scritches
Zeena---255116

Come visit me, rally and lacie, poncho botd 24/3/14, Jack, thank you all for BOTD, Angel Sassy, Till I see you again,, Casper, you fought a good fight l'il man, amando, sky, Angel Lupe', I will see you again!, l'il angel adler, dixie's wife-bird, broken wings, broken promises, casey, the l'il angel & dixie wedding album, JESSE, VOTE FOR ME BOTM IN OCTOBER, flynn, QUEEN ANGEL, thanks for BOTM my friends, sarah little bird, zeke, thank you friends for BOTD, zeena, thanks for august botm & sweetie, thank you friends for BOTD.

06/30/2014 11:07.22 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Pepper & Jamaica
DAY 31
How are u sweetie? It's been a rough week here! Sissy had her biopsy on Wednesday. She's a little bit sore, but not too bad. The Dr said she would have sissy's results in a week. Mom has a horrible case of bronchitis & hasn't been out of bed since last Saturday, except for a Drs appt on Tuesday & chest x-ray on Thursday! Mom is going to have to make another appt. She's finished her antibiotic & is feeling worse instead of feeling better.

I want to thank each one of my dear friends for all ur support during my campaign, it has really meant a lot to me! I want to thank everybirdy that put my name & page # on their name tags...that really meant a lot to me! I would like to give sweet Momma Deb a special thanks for all the awesome campaign pics that she made for me! If it wasn't for Momma Deb, I wouldn't have had any pics!

Mom ALMOST forgot my Hatchday, good thing sissy remembered! I'm sure it's the fever & lack of sleep!

There is still lots & lots of first aid info that I want to share with u! I will continue doing blogs! It should take up all of Feb, maybe March too! Mom is going to get this blog out, then spoil me the rest of my Hatchday! She needs to start treating me like a queen!
Love & a vote
Tia
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01/31/2014 09:46.13 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Pepper & Jamaica
DAY 26 -- NO BLOG #25
How are u sweetie? I wonder if anybirdy else had trouble getting on BC yesterday? I kept getting kicked off every time I tried to leave a blog, so I'll do yesterday's blog today.
Today, we will discuss:
DANGEROUS FOODS
In general, foods which are safe & healthy for parrots to eat. However, there are exceptions. These are a few examples of foods to avoid:
ALCOHOL -- Avoid completely; consumption can lead to brain damage & death.
APPLE SEEDS -- Contain cyanide. (All pits & seeds from fruits are best avoided.)
AVOCADO -- (Including guacamole.)vPit contains cyanide, which can leech from pit into the avocado flesh. Avoid completely; consumption is known to have caused death within hours.
CHOCOLATE -- Avoid completely; consumption of even small quantities can cause rapid onset of hyperactivity, vomiting, diarrhea, heartbeat irregularities, seizures, & death. If u suspect ur bird has ingested chocolate, administer 1 cc of Pepto-Bismol & rush ur bird to an avian vet.
CAFFEINE -- Includes caffeinated beverages, coffee grounds, & tea bags or ice tea crystals. See symptoms & treatment listed under chocolate.
FAT -- AVOID feeding high fat foods; excess fat over time can cause fatty liver disease, obesity, diarrhea & oily feather texture. Excess fat in the diet can also interfere with the absorption of other nutrients, such as calcium.
ONIONS: -- Excessive amounts of cooked or raw onions can be toxic to ur bird. Too many onions in the diet can destroy red blood cells & cause anemia, jaundice, & bloody urine.
RHUBARB LEAVES -- Avoid completely; consumption can cause death.
SALT -- Consumption can cause excessive drinking & urinating, depression, neurologic hyperactivity, tremors & death. When necropsied, birds having consumed excessive amounts of salt show a great deal of fluid buildup in the brain & hemorrhaging. Mushrooms, garlic, Mistletoe, tobacco, batteries, some coins, mirror backing, foil, are some other examples or bird poisons. We will cover toxic plants & heavy metal next. Here's hoping BC is back to normal. I suspected that there was a problem, coz at 6pm yesterday, I hadn't received any blogs. When I got on BC this morning, there was blogs there from yesterday...strange! This is the first time I didn't have a bog that I can't blame mom! I hope u had a good day & I'll see u tomorrow!
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Tia

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01/27/2014 02:16.03 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Pepper & Jamaica
DAY 23
Hi everyone, I'm Sandy, TiaMaria's mom. Before I start today's blog, I would like to ask my dear BC friends to pray for my oldest daughter, Amanda. She is 31 & is the mom of my 3 grandkids. She went to the Dr on Tuesday because she was getting concerned about having swollen lymph nodes. The Dr was concerned & ordered a CT scan, which she had done yesterday morning. The results were given to the Drs office & they called my daughter & told her she needs to have a biopsy done. The Drs office scheduled her appt with the surgeon before they even called my daughter, she has an appt to see a surgeon tomorrow, coz they want the biopsy done ASAP. Dr told her they want the biopsy done to rule out lymphoma. We are all nervous wrecks over this. I appreciate any?all prayers for her. Thank you.
Today, we will start discussing POISONING & TOXICITY.
POISONING
Some poisons can kill a bird quickly. Others can cause clinical signs ranging from a mild digestive tract upset to a violent illness. If ur bird is poisoned & u are unable to reach ur avian vet, u should call an animal poison control center. I have the phone #s for two:
(1). ASPCA ANIMAL POISON CONTROL CENTER -- 1-888-ANI-HELP or, 1-888-426-4435 ($60.00 per case). The $60.00 consultation fee may be charged to ur credit card.

(2). NATIONAL ANIMAL POISON CONTROL CENTER (NAPCC). The NAPCC is located at the University of Illinois. Phones are answered 24 hours a day, & each call is handled by a vet who is specially trained in animal poisoning. There is a $65.00 charge per case, but it could mean the difference between life & death for ur bird. The NAPCC's numbers are: 1-800-548-2423 (billed as a flat rate of $65.00) or 900-680-0000 (billed on a per-minute basis.
SIGNS -- A poisoned bird may suddenly regurgitate, develop diarrhea, bloody droppings, redness or burns around her mouth, go into convulsions, become paralyzed, go into shock or any number or other abnormalities. Tomorrow, we will continue with POISONING, starting with HOME TREATMENT. Hope u had a good day, see u tomorrow!
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Tia

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01/23/2014 11:21.08 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Pepper & Jamaica
DAY 22
How are u sweetie? BRRRR! It's a cold day today! At 10am, it's still 3 degrees BELOW ZERO! Supposed to have a high of 5 degrees! My blog yesterday was too long & got cut off. I will first finish up: HEATSTROKE
PREVENTION
You can reduce ur bird's chances of suffering heatstroke by keeping her out of direct sun, providing her with ample supplies of clean, fresh water & not keeping her in a car on a hot day. Interior temps in a car can rise quickly during hot weather, which can cause serious problems for all pets.
For about the next week, starting tomorrow, we will be discussing POISONING & TOXICITY. Today, we will cover CONVULSIONS, as this is a symptom of poisoning.
CONVULSIONS (SEIZURES)
A convulsion, which is a series of violent & involuntary muscle contractions, indicates that there is a very serious underlying medical problem. Convulsions are not a diagnosis, rather they are the result of any number of problems that include head trauma, infection, lead poisoning, some nutritional deficiencies, low blood sugar, low blood calcium, heatstroke, neurological disease & epilepsy (brain malfunction causing recurring seizures.
SIGNS --In the minutes before a convulsion a bird may appear apprehensive & restless. A convulsion may only affect a single wing or leg or could involve the entire body or affected limb. The bird may also lose her balance & fall to the floor or even lose consciousness. Convulsions usually last only a few seconds, but can last a minute or two. The time interval between them can vary. They may occur a few minutes apart, or they may occur days or even months apart. There is no effective home treatment for convulsions. The underlying cause must be determined & treated to prevent further episodes. Remove objects from bird's cage, such as toys & perches, to protect her from further injury. This. Is an emergency & ur avian vet will want to examine ur bird immediately. Medication is available to control convulsions. However, to actually prevent them from occurring, the underlying cause should be determined.
See u tomorrow sweetie, pleasant dreams!
Love & a vote
Tia

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01/22/2014 11:59.26 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Pepper & Jamaica
DAY 19
How are u sweetie? Today, we will cover CONCUSSIONS & DIARRHEA (I guess we can call it "heads or tails")?!
CONCUSSION
A concussion is caused by a blow to the head & could lead to unconsciousness. This type of injury frequently occurs when a bird crashes into walls, windows, etc when flying freely through the house. Place ur injured bird in a dark quiet place & consciousness occurs, or ur bird does not rapidly return to normal, emergency vet care is critical.
DIARRHEA
Diarrhea can cause dehydration & a loss of nutrients. Diarrhea is actually uncommon in pet birds. Excessive urine is much more common & frequently mistaken for diarrhea. Remember, if the stool is solid & formed, it IS NOT diarrhea. Increased urine will, however, cause the stool to become wet & slightly loose. Causes of diarrhea can include diet (sudden change in type of food or spoiled food), intestinal infection, poisoning, ingestion of a foreign object, parasites, generalized diseases, egg laying or egg-binding, overtreatment with antibiotics & stress.
SIGNS -- The signs of diarrhea are loose, watery & unformed stool.
HOME TREATMENT -- If ur bird has diarrhea, remove any non-food items which she may be chewing. Feed a bland diet of soft fresh foods, such as pasta, rice, beans & cooked oatmeal. U might consider giving Pepto-Bismol or Kaopectate in the following doses:
Finches/canaries: 4 drops every 4 hrs
"Budgies": 6 drops every 4 hrs
Cockatiels: 10 drops (0.5cc) every 4 hrs
Amazons: 20 drops (1cc) every 4 hrs
Cockatoos & Macaw: 30 drops (1.5cc) every 4 hrs
Remember, any treatment offered at home will delay more specific treatment by ur vet. This time delay may be very significant if bird has a serious health problem.
VET TREATMENT -- Because diarrhea is only the result of a problem & not a diagnosis vets need to try & determine the underlying cause to resolve the problem. Diagnostic tests, such as stool analysis &/or culture, X-rays & blood tests, may be recommended.
See u tomorrow! THANK U FOR UR SUPPORT!!!
Love & a vote
Tia

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01/19/2014 07:23.11 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Pepper & Jamaica
DAY 18
How are u sweetie? Today, we will cover BURNS.
Burns can be very serious & very painful to a bird. Shock & infection could possibly occur. Exposure to high temps (flame, hot liquids, steam or any hot object), electricity or chemicals can cause burns. Burns should be suspected if an area of the skin has a very inflamed, irritated appearance, or if the feathers are greasy or burnt. First, try & determine what type of burn ur bird has suffered. The type of burn determines the treatment that should be followed. If ur bird has been burned by HOT WATER, mist the burned area with cool water, or if a leg or foot, immerse the burned area in cool water to help relieve the pain. An antibiotic ointment should be applied. To avoid further damaging the feathers, this med should be either a water-soluble liquid,, spray or powder. Do not apply any oily or greasy substances, including butter, because these substances can damage the bird's feathers.
If the bird has been burnedby HOT GREASE, lightly coat the burned area with flour or cornstarch to help absorb the grease.
If the bird has been burned by ACID, such as toilet bowl cleaner or drain cleaner, gently flood the area with cool water to dilute the chemical, then lightly coat burned area with a paste of baking soda & water.
If the bird has been burned by an ALKALI SUBSTANCE, such as ammonia or lye, gently flood the area with cool water to dilute the chemical, then coat the burned area lightly with vinegar.
If the bird has been burned by an ELECTRICAL SOURCE, such as chewing on a power cord, first turn off the power & disconnect the cord. No home treatment is recommended. Birds suffering from burns may go into shock & will need prompt attention (shock-blog #11). Most burns are a true medical emergency & requires immediate vet attention. However, mild burns may be sprayed or flushed with cool water. These burns may be treated twice daily with small amounts of antibiotic ointment. Tomorrow, we will cover CONCUSSIONS & DIARRHEA. I hope u had a great day sweetie, see u tomorrow!
THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT!!!
Love & a vote
Tia

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01/18/2014 11:34.32 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Pepper & Jamaica
DAY 16
How are u sweetie? Our good friend TiPaul #40680, is hoping to join the 10K club. I hope everybirdy will give him a daily vote to help him get there!
Today, we will continue with controlling bleeding.
BLEEDING (BODY)
Locate the source of bleeding. If the bleeding is from a broken pin feather, remove it. Donot use popowdered blood clotting material on a feather follicle (Day #14). Cleanse the area gently with a topical antiseptic such as a 3% hydrogen peroxide solution, etc. Apply styptic powder, cornstarch, baking soda, flour, or boric acid to stop the bleeding. If necessary, cover the wound with gauze pads & hold firm pressure on wound for several minutes, until bleeding stops. Leave the gauze on. If the cut is on legs or feet, apply antibiotic ointment & bandage loosely. If cuts are on the body, cover with gauze & an appropriately sized sock (cut hole in toe of sock for head & holes for legs). DO NOT bandage over styptic powder. For some sources of bleeding, (such as mouth) u may want to try mixing a solution of powdered alum & cold water. Apply the mixture using cotton balls. Press to the affected area for a couple of minutes. Be aware that birds sometimes will pick at their wounds & as a result, bleeding could restart.
BLEEDING -- INTERNAL
Internal bleeding should always be considered life-threatening. This condition could be caused by trauma, a foreign body, cancer, poison, infection or a bleeding disorder (blood fails to clot normally.
SIGNS
Internal bleeding is evidenced by blood coming from the mouth, nares or vent. Even if the bleeding appears to be intermittent rather than continuous, or if u notice some driedspecks of blood, it sshould be considered very serious. Blood in the droppings could be seen was fresh "red" blood or the feces could appear black, almost tarlike. No home treatment should be attempted, call vet & ask to be seen immediately.
BLEEDING FROM MOUTH OR NOSTRILS
This is. A serious situation requiring immediate attention. Occasionally, blood in the mouth may be due to a beak injury. However, unless u are certain that this is indeed thepproblem & u can visually verify the beak damage, seek vet care.
BLEEDING FROM TONGUE
The tongue contains many blood vessels & if injured, may bleed profusely. Seek vet care immediately. You may attempt to stop the bleeding by applying an alum & cold water mixture by dipping the bird's mouth into the solution.
Next, we will cover BLOOD IN DROPPINGS & BREATHING DIFFICULTIES.
See u tomorrow sweetie, have a good day!
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Tia

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01/16/2014 10:37.02 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Pepper & Jamaica
DAY 15
How are u sweetie? Today, we will continue with bleeding emergencies.
BEAK INJURY
A beak injury is an emergency because a bird needs both her upper & lower beak to eat & preen properly. Beak injuries often occur after a bird has been attacked by another bird, after flying into a windowpane or a mirror, or a run-in with an operating ceiling fan. (i have a bad habit of chewing on my cage bars & have chipped/broken the tip of my beak several times.) Infectioncan set in rrather quickly if a beak is fractured or punctured or partially missing. U may wish to apply a mixture of alum & cold water to reduce bleeding. Keep the bird calm & quiet. It may be necessary to apply direct pressure to stop the bleeding, using a towel or direct pressure. Observe the bird for at least an hour after bleeding stops. If a piece of beak is dangling, it will need to be carefully removed. If blood loss is considerable or if ur bird seems weak & unsteady, call ur vet's office immediately for further instructions. A bird with a beak injury is usually reluctant to eat or drink. This could last for just a few days or a week or even longer. Try offering softer foods, food cut into very small pieces or warmed food.
NAIL. INJURY
Torn nails may need prompt attention in order to prevent further injury. Ragged nails can catch on items in the cage or on items throughout the house. Remove or trim the part of the nail that is injured. Apply styptic stick/powder or cornstarch to the toenail. If the bleeding does not stop, seek veterinary attention.
We should be able to finish up procedures on bleeding tomorrow. Have a great day & see u tomorrow!
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Tia

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01/15/2014 09:31.45 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Pepper and jamica
Chiqita our flockmate has died tonight Jan.14,2014 our Mommy is crying a lot and we tried to sing to comfort her, but she keeps crying. Our Mommy raised Chiquita from a tiny baby and Chiquita lived 13 1/2 years before she died tonight. Please pray for our Mommy and for Baby Joy, one of her hatchlings.
A month ago Chiquita flew into the wall and broke her wing, and our avian vet had moved away. Our mommy tried her best to care for Chiquita and told her she loved her everyday.

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01/14/2014 10:05.39 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Pepper & Jamaica
How are u sweetie? Several birdies told me that they went to Sky's page & read blog #9, & not to worry about resending it. But if anybirdy does want the blog CONTACT UR VET WITHIN 8 HOURS let me know & I'll redo it & send it to u.
Several birdies commented on my awesome campaign pics! Each & every one of the pics were lovingly made by sweet Momma Deb! I'd like to thank her again for my wonderful pics! She will be the best momma-in-law EVER!
We will now begin discussing medical emergencies/problems & first aid procedures. This info is meant to be guidelines, not to replace veterinary care, but to stabilize ur bird until u can get to ur vet's office.
An important aspect of first aid is PREVENTION. Many serious illnesses can be prevented when whenoowners feed their pet birds balanced diets, keep their pet's cages clean & take their birds to their vets for regular check-ups. Most injuries can be prevented by "bird-proofing" ur home, be careful of other pets around ur bird, keeping nails & wins trimmed, etc.
LOSS OF APPETITE
Birds usually lose their appetite when they are sick or injured. Loss of appetite is not a diagnosis, it is the result of a medical problem & serves as an indication that there is a problem with ur bird. Healthy birds have healthy appetite.
Tomorrow we will start with shock.
Have a good night sweetie!
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Tia

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01/10/2014 09:53.05 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Pepper & Jamaica
DAy 8
How are u sweetie? Well, the Polar Vortex is finally heading back to the Arctic Circle, where it belongs! The g-kids had a 2 hour delay on Monday & cancellation yesterday & today! There was supposed to be just a 2 hour delay today, but because of these frigid temps, the school buses wouldn't start. They said that at these extreme temps diesel gas turns to gel...but it will warm up enough for them to go back tomorrow...the temp is going up to 33 degrees...it's going to feel like a heat wave! Monday night we had a low of -13 & Tuesday we had a high of -5!
Today we will continue with: WHEN TO CONTACT UR VET.
CONTACT UR VET IMMEDIATELY IF UR BIRD:

HAS SIGNS OF GASTROINTESTINAL, URINARY, OR REPRODUCTIVE DISTRESS INCLUDING:
*Straining continually, but unable to produce feces or urates
*Choking
*Swallowing a foreign body (ex: toy, cage decoration, bell clapper)
*Any condition that makes it difficult to eat or manipulate food (injury to a foot or the beak)
*A prolapse or eversion (being turned outward or inside out) at the vent or bleeding from the vent
*Egg binding: straining & having difficulty producing an egg
*An overdose of medication or suspected poisoning
HAS SIGNS OF GENERAL ILLNESS OR NERVOUS SYSTEM OR MUSCULAR DISEASE INCLUDING:
*Extreme weakness, lethargy or depression, unconsciousness, collapse, or coma
*Seizures (flapping wings while lying in the bottom of the cage)
*A head tilt nystagmus (eyes move rapidly from side to side), staggering, walking in circles, difficulty sitting on a perch, or other problems moving
*Severe or continuous pain
*Sudden inability to bear weight on a leg or use a wing
*Swollen or injured foot due to a leg band problem.
Tomorrow we will finish this with: CONTACT UR VET WITHIN EIGHT HOURS.
Have a great day sweetie, I'll see u tomorrow!
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01/08/2014 10:03.27 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Pepper & Jamaica
DAY 7
How are u sweetie? So sorry no blog yesterday, mom had a medical emergency "ironic, isn't it?!) Her 7 yr old grandson had a horrific nosebleed that mom couldn't get stopped. The specialist (ENT doc) has run every test in the book & cannot figure out why it keeps happening! I've examined him myself!) It's frustrating that it keeps happening & also a relief that it's nothing serious! These nosebleeds come out of the blue, they can happen even if he's sitting quietly, watching TV! At the hospital yesterday, they cauterized his nose...AGAIN! He's doing fine today!
It is FREEZING COLD here today, at 10am, STILL 9 degrees BELOW zero! Tho, this is a heat wave compared to the north-central part of the USA. Grand Forks ND will have a HIGH today of 39 degrees BELOW ZERO!! I can't imagine how cold that is! We heard on the news that it's colder here than it is at the South Pole!!!
The next couple days, we will discuss scenarios & whether to call the vet immediately or whether it can wait. The following info may help u decide which conditions are absolute emergencies & which ones may let u take a "wait & see" attitude. If your bird is sick/injured & u are unsure of the severity, it's best to call the vet's office immediately.
CALL VET IMMEDIATELY IF UR BIRD:
HAS SIGNS OF HEART OR RESPIRATORY DISEASE INCLUDING:
*No heartbeat
*No breathing (open mouth breathing, tail bobbing while breathing)
*Wheezing or clicking sounds when breathing
*A near drowning
*ANY breathing abnormality after an exposure to overheated Teflon (we will cover this in detail), aerosol spray, or other irritants to the respiratory system
HAS TRAUMA INCLUDING:
*A broken bone, or a cut that exposes a bone
*Bleeding that cannot be stopped (ex: from blood feather, nail, or beak)
*An eye injury or the eye appears enlarged or protruding
*An attack by an animal
*Being hit by a moving object
*Puncture wounds
*Any trauma to the head
*Flying into a window or other object
*A severe laceration, or an incision that has opened & the skin is gaping
*Mishandling (ex: squeezed by a child)
HAS HAD HEAT OR COLD RELATED INJURIES INCLUDING:
*Biting on an electrical cord & receiving a shock or burn
*Burns or inhaled smoke
*Heat stroke (panting,holding wings out away from the body)
We will pick up here tomorrow. Have a great day sweetie!
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Tia

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01/07/2014 10:24.56 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Pepper & Jamaica
DAY 5
How are u sweetie? JEEZ, what crazy weather we are having!! At 1pm today, it was 52 degrees & tomorrow night it will drop down to 13 degrees BELOW ZERO!!! A difference of 65 degrees, can u believe it! On Tuesday, we will have a high temp of 2 degrees below zero! I don't think mom will venture out til the slight warm up on Thursday!
Today we will discuss restraining & transporting a sick or injured bird. To make capturing a sick/injured bird easier, towel him before u put him in his carrier (unless u are transporting him in his cage). Towels make pet birds easier to handle, & they give the bird something to chew on if he becomes frustrated with the toweling process. Jade an appropriate sized towel; wash cloths for small birds, kitchen dis towels for medium-sized, & bath towels for large parrots. When you restrain a bird, keep the following in mind:
*work quickly to minimize handling time. Stress & overheating problems will be reduced.
*plan ahead. Have all tools, equipment & meds ready prior to restraint.
*for small birds especially, a net would be helpful to catch if bird escapes.
*towel selection is based on size of the bird. It WILL be chewed on, so choose an old one!
*In pet birds, the beak causes injuries. Respect it & protect yourself.
*Birds have very fragile bones. Their legs & wings are most susceptible to injury.
*Don't put any pressure on the bird's chest while holding him. It will interfere with breathing.
Call ur avian vet's office BEFORE leaving ur house. Explain ur emergency so the vet's office can be ready for ur arrival. By taking this step will save u precious time if u have life-threatening emergency. If possible, enlist a driver so u are able to watch ur bird & reassure him. Cover the cage/carrier to reduce stress & additional warmth. Do not clean out the cage/carrier, the as-is environment may help ur vet determine the cause of your bird's illness.
Tomorrow we will start discussing first aid procedures. Have a good evening & I'll see u tomorrow sweetie!
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Tia

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01/06/2014 12:46.58 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Pepper & Jamaica
DAY 4
How are u sweetie? I off to a late start today! A special thanks to Blue & his mom for passing on info regarding what to use for cleaning skin wounds. Blue's mom prefers to use normal saline solution. The nurses taught her that peroxide, alcohol & Betadine (povidone) inhibits tissue healing & saline or just water & soap (NOT antibacterial soap ( which contains triclosan) is the best thing in the world for birds & humans.
Today, I would like to talk about shock & urgent care don'ts.
SHOCK
Any emergency, severe insult to the body or excessive handling can result in shock. Common symptoms include a "depressed", weak, "fluffed up" look & rapid shallow breathing. If a bird in shock is given intensive treatment and/or handling, the bird may collapse & die on the spot. In a life-threatening injury or illness, simultaneously treat the bird for shock & for the injury/illness.
URGENT CARE "DON'TS"
*DON'T give a bird medications for other animals/humans unless directed to by ur vet.
*DON'T give ur bird meds that are suggested by a friend, store employee or a Dr who treats humans.
*DON'T give a bird alcohol or laxatives.
*DON'T apply any oils/ointments to ur bird unless directed.
*DON'T bathe a sick bird.
There are a few things to keep in mind when facing a medical emergency with ur bird. First, keep as calm as possible coz ur bird is already excited from being injured. Ur bird will sense ur stress & u will exacerbate this distress. Next, stop any bleeding, keep the bird warm & minimize handling him. After you've stabilized ur pet, call ur vet's office for instructions, telling them, "This is an emergency," & that ur bird has had an accident. Describe what happened to ur pet as clearly j calmly as u can. Listen carefully to the instructions u are given & follow them. Although u should not handle an injured/sick bird, u may need to in order to take him to the vet. When handling ur bird, make sure to move slowly & talk to him in a calm, reassuring voice. Finally, transport to the vet's office as quickly & safely as u can.
I will see u tomorrow sweetie!
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Tia

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01/04/2014 09:57.21 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Pepper & Jamaica
DAY 3
How are u sweetie? I hope everybirdy made it thru the storm ok! We got about 6 inches of snow, but it's the below zero temps that is so miserable!
Today we will discuss first aid priorities (triage) & signs of illness.
In an emergency situation, try to keep calm & work in an orderly process. U should first determine whether the injury/illness is life-threatening. If there are multiple injuries, prioritize ur efforts according to the severity of each injury.
LIFE-THREATENING INJURIES OR ILLNESSES
Severe bleeding or blood flowing freely from a wound must be attended to immediately. Treat such life-threatening injuries/illnesses by administering first aid immediately & then calling the vet.
NON-LIFE-THREATENING INJURIES/ILLNESSES
Injuries or illnesses that are causing distress or pain but are not life-threatening, such as fractures, diarrhea or vomiting, should be treated next. U should be preventing the injury/illness from worsening & preparing the bird for transportation to the vet.
MINOR INJURIES OR ILLNESSES
Injuries such as a superficial abrasion or minor cut come last in the order of priorities for treatment. Carefor the bird at home if u know how to treat the condition. Take the bird to the vet if the injury/illness does not improve or if the condition worsens.
SIGNS OF ILLNESS
*bleeding
*loss of appetite
*feathers fluffed all of the time
*change in droppings
*change in water consumption
*weight loss
*inactivity
*drooping wings
*sleeping all the time
*partially eaten food stuck to bird's face or food has been regurgitated onto cage floor
*labored breathing, with or without tail bobbing
*eyes closed most of the time
*soiled or pasted vent
*self-mutilation
*runny nose or eyes
One of the best ways to detect an emergency situation in ur pet bird is to know what is considered normal for ur pet bird.
RECORD NORMAL APPEARANCE & BEHAVIOR
Be aware of how much food he/she eats & how much water he/she drinks on a regular basis. Know how many times he/she eliminates in a day & what a normal dropping looks like for ur bird. Pay attentionto his/her activity level & his/her sleep times. When u are attuned to your bird's normal behavior, you'll notice anything abnormal or unusual right away. Let ur avian vet know about any changes in ur pet's routine as soon as u notice, so follow-up care can take place promptly.
Tomorrow we will discuss specific injuries/illnesses & how to properly treat them.
THANK U SO MUCH FOR UR SUPPORT!
Love & a vote
Tia

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01/03/2014 08:52.20 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Pepper & Jamaica
Hi sweetie, Tia here! Im excited to tell u about my BOTM campaign, which will be on bird first aid. I hope u will enjoy my topic. I will start with what should be in a bird first aid kit. Thank you for ur support!
Love & a vote
Tia

I hope u & ur family have a very Happy New Year!

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01/01/2014 09:31.25 AM Report This Comment  
  Cupcake Dahlings.....
Of course you have the Dom chilling for New Years Eve..right? Just keep it under lock and key from buddy......
Oh......you are most welcome....Prince Pumbaa and I so enjoy flying over to NTT !
Oh...and never stop the champagne !
Much love to my cupcakes,
Raffreddie and Prince Pumbaa

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12/29/2013 06:45.31 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Pepper and jamica
Flying by to leave you this vote and to tell you the lastest news!
It seems the bird channel website had expired on 12-14-13 and to give this email address to you to be listed on another bird lover's page. Contact Carol Gefland at debmar55@aol.com I am listed there with all my birdies! I am #64. Pass the word to others!

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12/26/2013 10:59.23 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Pepper and Jamaica
Dec. 21: Ms BBs BOTM campaign.

All of your votes are deeply appreciated. If I don’t thank you every
day its only because there is only so much time in one day.

Every birde settle in, it’s a long way out to Uranus. Who giggled?? 2,870,990,000 km (1,783,331,755 miles, Yes that’s in the billions!) to be exact. There are snacks in the storage bins to munch on.

Uranus, the first planet discovered in modern times, was discovered by William Herschel while systematically searching the sky with his telescope on March 13, 1781.

Uranus has been visited by only one spacecraft, Voyager 2 on Jan 24 1986. At the time of Voyager 2's passage, Uranus' South Pole was pointed almost directly at the Sun. This is the only planet in our solar system to be so inclined.

Like other gas planets, Uranus has rings, 13 of them in fact. The brightest is known as the Epsilon ring.

Like Jupiter's rings they are very dark but like Saturn's they are made up of fairly large particles ranging from 10 meters in diameter down to fine dust.
Uranus has 27 named moons ranging in size from 789 km to only 5 km.
Well it’s a long trip back. We all have time for a nap before we are home.

Ms BB

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12/21/2013 08:35.49 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Pepper and Jamaica
Dec. 20: Ms BBs BOTM campaign.

All of your votes are deeply appreciated. If I don’t thank you every
day its only because there is only so much time in one day.

By now every birde should know where we are going today. Yep, we are off to Saturn. The first thing you will notice is the bright rings around this gas planet.

Saturn's interior is similar to Jupiter's consisting of a rocky core, a liquid metallic hydrogen layer and a molecular hydrogen layer. Traces of various ices are also present.
Saturn was first visited by NASA's Pioneer 11 in 1979 and later by Voyager 1 and Voyager 2. Cassini, a joint NASA / ESA project, arrived on July 1, 2004 and will orbit Saturn for at least four years.

Let’s go investigate the rings. What do you see out the right side? Oh, small rocks, big rocks and something that looks like ice mixed with sand. There are 14 rings and gaps around Saturn. They are all made up of the same stuff. Any birdie want to Hula Hoop???

Saturn has18 major Moons and lots of smaller ones not named. We will fly by a couple of the big ones on our way home.

First there is Titan at 2575 km wide. It is just off our right side. It is by far the largest of Saturns Moons. This Moon was first reported and named on March 25, 1655 by a Dutch astronomer named Christiaan Huygens.
It is the only natural satellite known to have a dense atmosphere, and the only object other than Earth for which clear evidence of stable bodies of surface liquid has been found.

Over there on the left is Dione. It is 560 km wide and was first seen in 1684 by Cassini. Just a bunch of rocks floating in space.

Is every birde tuckered out from all this space travel? I am setting the navigation ‘putter to take us back home. I’m taking a nap.

Ms BB

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12/20/2013 04:41.54 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Pepper and Jamaica
Dec. 19: Ms BBs BOTM campaign.

All of your votes are deeply appreciated. If I don’t thank you every
day its only because there is only so much time in one day.

Back to Jupiter to see the rings now. It was believed that Jupiter did not have rings like Saturn but it was found that it has very dark ones. The rings were discovered by Voyager 1 in 1979 on its way through our solar system. Later Voyager 2, the Galileo orbiter and the New Horizons sent back pictures of the ring and moons in February & March 2007.

There are 3 main sections named Halo, Main and Gossamer. There is really only 1 ring with no discernable separation.

Most of the stuff in the rings is dust & very small rocks that come from collisions with the moons. A couple of the moons are within the area of the ring. These moons make notches in the rings as the dust & rocks are attracted by the moons gravity wells

Ok, we have to go now. Back to Earth and a calm atmosphere we can stand up in and breathe without a space suite.

Read more about Jupiter on nineplanets.org

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12/19/2013 03:23.35 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Pepper and Jamaica
Dec. 18: Ms BBs BOTM campaign.

All of your votes are deeply appreciated. If I don’t thank you every
day its only because there is only so much time in one day.

We wont be getting out of the shuttle today because there will be nowhere to stand.
That is because we will be at the fifth planet from the Sun and by far the largest. Jupiter is more than twice as massive as all the other planets combined (the mass of Jupiter is 318 times that of Earth). It is 142,984 km in diameter & has 16 known moons.
Jupiter takes 12 earth years to go around the sun once. That’s a long time to wait for your hatch day!!

It has a very thick gas atmosphere made up of mostly liquid metallic hydrogen toward the center. The outer atmosphere, that’s what we can see, is made up of water, carbon dioxide, methane and hydrogen in their gaseous stage.

Jupiter was first visited by Pioneer 10 in 1973 and later by Pioneer 11, Voyager 1, Voyager 2 and Ulysses. The spacecraft Galileo orbited Jupiter for eight years.
We are now over The Great Red Spot (GRS) It has been seen by Earthly observers for more than 300 years (its discovery is usually attributed to Cassini, or Robert Hooke in the 17th century).

The GRS is an oval about 12,000 by 25,000 km, big enough to hold two Earths. Other smaller but similar spots have been known for decades. Infrared observations and the direction of its rotation indicate that the GRS is a high-pressure region whose cloud tops are significantly higher and colder than the surrounding regions.

In July 1994, Comet Shoemaker-Levy 9 collided with Jupiter after breaking apart with spectacular results. The effects were clearly visible even with amateur telescopes.
Jupiter also has high winds that sometimes top 400 mph. Anybirdie want to go fly a kite? We can’t stay here much longer because the shuttles stabilizers are having a hard time with the high winds.

Ms BB

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12/18/2013 09:38.37 AM Report This Comment  
  Hello Pepper and Jamaica
Dec. 17: Ms BBs BOTM campaign.

All of your votes are deeply appreciated. If I don’t thank you every day its only because there is only so much time in one day.

Let’s take a moment to eat a light snack. We all know about the next planet out from the Sun because we live on it!!! It is called the third rock from the sun.

So we are on our way to Mars today. All girls to the back of the shuttle so the boys can be up front. It is there planet!!

Mars has a diameter of 6,794 km and is much smaller than earth but has a surface area about the same as the land surface of Earth because of the water covering 70% of the Earth.



Mars (Greek: Ares) is the god of War and is known as the red planet.

The first spacecraft to visit Mars was Mariner 4 in 1965. Several others followed including Mars 2, the first spacecraft to land on Mars and the two Viking landers in 1976. Ending a long 20 year hiatus, Mars Pathfinder landed successfully on Mars on 1997 July 4.

In 2004 the Mars Expedition Rovers "Spirit" and "Opportunity" landed on Mars sending back geologic data and many pictures; they were still operating after more than three years on Mars. In 2008, Phoenix landed in the northern plains to search for water. Three Mars orbiters (Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, Mars Odyssey, and Mars Express) are also currently in operation.

While the average temperature is about 218 K (-55 C, -67 F), Martian surface temperatures range widely from as little as -140 K (-133 C, -207 F) at the winter pole to almost 300 K (+27 C, +80 F) on the dayside during summer.

If you look out the right side you can see Olympus Mons. It is the largest mountain volcano in the Solar System rising 24 km (78,000 ft.) above the surrounding plain. Lets put on space suits & go mountain climbing.

On the left side can be seen Hellas Planitia. This is an impact crater in the Southern Hemisphere over 6 km (3.72 miles) deep and 2000 km (1242.74 miles) in diameter. That was a big rock that hit Mars!!!

We should be glad we are not here during one of this planets dust storms. They can go on for days and have high wind speeds. Scientist mostly agree that there is water (ice) under the two polar caps. And there may be some under the vast central plains.

Hay!!! What was that? Did any other birde see that? Come on, raise your wing if you seen it!! It looked like a green Marten to me.

Ms BB

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12/17/2013 10:41.13 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Pepper and Jamaica
All of your votes are deeply appreciated. If I don’t thank you every day its only because there is only so much time in one day.

Lets get back in the shuttle and strap in. We are off to Venus today. All you boys keep your wings to your selves. Venus IS the planet of love, It is the second planet from the Sun and the sixth largest.


Venus' orbit is the most nearly circular of that of any planet in our system, with an eccentricity of less than 1%. That means it is almost a perfect circular orbit.
The diameter of Venus is 12,103.6 km (7,520440499 miles). That makes it about 650 miles smaller in diameter than Earth but it is 80% denser than Earth. But the gravity is only 90% of earths so you feel a little lighter here.

Venus (Greek: Aphrodite; Babylonian: Ishtar) is the goddess of love and beauty. The planet is so named probably because it is the brightest of the planets known to the ancients. (With a few exceptions, the surface features on Venus are named for female figures.)
Venus has been known since prehistoric times. It is the brightest object in the sky except for the Sun and the Moon.

The first spacecraft to visit Venus was Mariner 2 in 1962. It was subsequently visited by many others (more than 20 in all so far), including Pioneer Venus and the Soviet Venera 7, the first spacecraft to land on another planet, and Venera 9 which returned the first photographs of the surface. The first orbiter, the US spacecraft Magellan produced detailed maps of Venus' surface using radar. ESA's Venus Express is now in orbit.

There are no small craters on Venus. It seems that small meteoroids burn up in Venus' dense atmosphere, which is composed mostly of carbon dioxide and several layers of clouds many kilometers thick composed of sulfuric acid.
Good thing there is a force field around the shuttle to keep it away or it would literally melt the metal.

Craters on Venus seem to come in bunches indicating that large meteoroids that do reach the surface usually break up in the atmosphere.
The pressure of Venus' atmosphere at the surface is 90 times of that on earth.

Ms BB

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12/16/2013 12:20.27 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Pepper and Jamaica
The Snowball fight with Charlie & Cheyenne
Litle Angel adds a little sparkles to her snowball and takes aim. She throws her snowball at Charlie, hitting him in the shoulder sending red and yellow sparkle-snow everywhere.....
Cheyenee's snowball lands with a splat on Little Angel's belly sending snow spraying all over her.
"Gotta ya, Gotta ya" she squeals with delight as Little Angel shakes of the snow.
"Hey I though you were on my side?" L.A. giggles and smiles happily.
"All's far in a snowball fight" Cheyenee tells her with a grin
"Come on, let's go see if we can get some hot cocoa and snacks" Charlie calls from behind a bush.
"OK, greyt idea" the girls call back.
The three friends waddle inside leaving a snowy trail behind them. " OH, OH, we better get that cleaned up before we get in trouble with bringing the outside indoors again" Charlie grabs a cloth to dry up the floor while the two girls gather the snow with a small broom and dust pan.
"This way," Cheyenee takes Little Angel by the wing and leads her towards the kitchen...
Little Angel gives her new friend a hug. "I am so happy we met"
Little Angel climbs up on a chair beside Cheyenee, as Charlie climbs up next to them on his own chair.
"MOOOOOOOOOOOM!" he yells loudly, " Can we pleaseeeeeeeee, have some cookies and hot chocolate?"
Little Angel enjoys the warmth after playing outside in the snow. "Wait, Momma Deb packed us a few treats; apple slices, nutri-berries and birdie bread" Little Angel reaches into her ever present back pack. She takes out all her sparkles and glue bottle, her flash lite, her coconut flakes, and finally brings out her treat pack.
"Don't ask about the other things. Once you are on Bird Channel for a while you'll find out from the others I am the Denis the Menace of the bird world"
The three friends giggle and laugh as Little Angel begins to retell some of her wacky adventures and mischief. Like covering King Spot Le' Blaze-atiel in glitter. He's this months Bird of the Month. Maybe I'll sparkle Ms BB too, Little Angel says, then thinks better of that, since she's her brother SKY's fiancee and a whole lot bigger. It'd take too much sparkles and glitter to do a good job" they all laugh and chuckle thinking of how she'd look all covered in sparkles..............
Come tell me a story and visit my new BC friends, Cheyenne and her frother Charlie -240049. A pair of fun loving Sun Conures.
hugs and glitter
Little Angel

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12/15/2013 05:28.36 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Pepper and Jamaica
Good morning every birdie !!!
Geeee!! Do you early birds ever sleep in??? LOL

For my BOTM campaign I am going to be using my Star Trek Enterprise shuttlecraft, the Galileo, to take us on far-flung adventures. From the very bottom of Earth’s deepest seas to the far reaches of the Universe.



Dec. 15: Ms BBs BOTM campaign.

All of your votes are deeply appreciated. If I don’t thank you every
day its only because there is only so much time in one day.

Every birdie get back in the shuttle and strap in. Today we are going to Mercury, the closest planet to the Sun and the eighth largest planet. It dos have a very thin atmosphere consisting of atoms but they get blasted off its surface by the solar wind.

We don’t want to get out of the shuttle here. The temp can be from -270°F when it’s dark to +800°F in the sun, (-168°C to +427°C).
This planet is only 4,880 km in diameter, slightly bigger than the diameter of Earths Moon at 2,160 miles (3,476 km). This also means a 1 lb bird would only weigh 1/3 of a lb. No need to go on a diet!!!

In Roman mythology Mercury is the god of commerce, travel and thievery, the Roman counterpart of the Greek god Hermes, the messenger of the Gods. The planet probably received this name because it moves so quickly across Earth’s sky.


Look over there and you can see MESSENGER. It was sent by NASA in 2004 and it started orbiting Mercury in 2011 after several flybys. Its first flyby in Jan 2008 provided new high quality images of some of the terrain not seen by Marriner 10.

Mercury, like Earth’s Moon is pockmarked with impact craters. Scientists believe the only water on this planet is at its North Pole in the shadows of the big craters there.
Hold on. We are going back to the Earth now. The shuttle lands at the KB and powers down. Dos every birdie have there Earth legs back? Lets go to the food tent at the KB for something to eat. I’m buying!!!

Read more about our space travels at nineplanets.org. This is where I got most of the info for our off Earth trips.

Ms BB

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12/15/2013 09:38.28 AM Report This Comment  
  Hey Pepper and Jamaica
Back to the Moon we go.
Yes, the artificial gravity unit has been fixed. Maybe we will see the Man in the Moon today. We are crater looking today. To be able to see the largest craters we will be at an altitude of 2 miles above the Moon.

We will start on the backside of the Moon to see Hertzsprung. It is always dark there so BB turns on the shuttles outside floodlights. That is it coming up on the right side. It is the largest at 591.0 km (1,938,976.38ft) (367.23 miles) wide. That’s as wide as the state of Mo. folks. There are many smaller craters inside of this crater. The walls have also been hit numerous times.

Now over to the side facing our Earth for the Apollo crater. It is 537.0 km wide (333.7 miles). Apollo has many smaller craters inside it also.
Now we will drop down to just a few hundred feet above the Moon to see some of the smallest ones.

Off to the left is Heymans at 50.0 km wide (31 miles). And over there is Evdokimov at 50.0 km wide. There are lots of craters smaller than these two. Some only a foot across. The bigger the crater the bigger the space rock that hit the Moon.

Did you just feel that bump? We just passed over the highest spot on the moon. It is Mons Huygens at 4.7 km (2.9 miles) high and is named after Christian Huygens, a astronomer. No it dos not have snow on it !!

Over there on the right is Mons Hadley at 4.6 km ( 2.8 miles) high and it is the 2nd highest spot and is named after John Hadley, a inventor. Anybirdie want to get out and climb one of these mountains? There are spacesuits in the storage bins so you can make a moon angel in the dust.

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12/14/2013 04:32.23 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Pepper and Jamaica
Dec. 13: Ms BBs BOTM campaign. Only 12 more days till the big bird in the red suit comes!
All of your votes are deeply appreciated. If I don’t thank you every
day its only because there is only so much time in one day.



You won’t be needing warm coats or rain coats today. Today we are leaving the confines of the Earth’s gravity. We are headed to the moon. Don’t worry, the shuttle is space worthy. I had Geordi La Forge do a level 1 diagnostic on it last night. There are little bags attached to all the perches. That’s in case the artificial gravity goes out.



Humans have left almost 400,000 pounds of man-made material on the surface including more than 70 vehicles. Any birdie want a ride on one of the rovers they left here?
Humans have brought 382 kg of the Moon back to Earth by Apollo and Luna missions. The Moon rocks are now in collections all over Earth. Why bother!! A bird cant play with a bunch of rocks!!!



Look out the right side windows and you will see the first spacecraft to crash into the Moon. It was the Soviet Luna 2 rocket on Sept. 14th 1959 and it was crashed on purpose. Yes, the Soviets were the first to the moon. But 10 years later, in 1969, American astronaut Neil Armstrong became the first man to walk on the moon.



On the same side coming up is the crash site of the USA Ranger 4 in 1962. It too was crashed on purpose.
The first spacecraft to soft land was Luna 9, USSR, in 1966. Yep, the Soviets were first again! Surveyor 1, USA, soft landed the same year. Many more craft have crashed or soft landed on the moon. Some did not crash on purpose!!!



Apollo 11 was the first mission to land humans on the Moon on July 20, 1969.
Keep looking and you will see boot prints and wheel tracks. There are 7 American flags scattered around the moon. 6 of these flags are beveled to be still standing on their poles. There is said to be 1 Soviet flag here that was carried by that rocket that crashed here on September 14th, 1959.
There are also golf balls from Alan Shepard's driving practice during Apollo 14, and Alan Bean's silver astronaut pin.
Here we have the Fallen Astronaut statuette left by the crew of Apollo 15 to honor the 3-crew members that died in the Apollo 1 crew module fire on January 27, 1967.
May we have a moment of silence for
Virgil "Gus" Ivan Grissom, Lieutenant Colonel, USAF
Edward Higgins White, II, Lieutenant Colonel, USAF
Roger Bruce Chaffee, Lieutenant Commander, USN
Thank you.



Out the left side windows you can see the descent stages from Apollo 11 LM-5 (Eagle) and Apollo 12 LM-6 (Intrepid).

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12/13/2013 12:13.19 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Pepper and Jamaica
Dec. 12: Ms BBs BOTM campaign.

All of your votes are deeply appreciated. If I don’t thank you every
day its only because there is only so much time in one day.

OK, every birdie in the shuttle. Ms BB sets the nav ‘putter for K2 (Yes, that’s its name) It is the second-highest mountain on Earth. Once you have been to the highest this is a let down. (Pun intended).

It is located on the border between Baltistan, Pakistan, and Xinjiang, China. With a peak elevation of 8,611-m (28,251 feet), K2 is also the highest point in Pakistan.
K2 is known as the Savage Mountain because of its extreme difficulty of ascent. It is said that this mountain is harder to climb than Mount Everest.
For every four people who have reached the summit, one has died trying. It is mostly climbed from the Pakistani side because it is much more hazardous to reach the summit from the Chinese side.

The first serious attempt to climb K2 was undertaken in 1902 by Oscar Eckenstein, Aleister Crowley, Jules Jacot-Guillarmod, Heinrich Pfannl, Victor Wessely and Guy Knowles. They did not make it to the top.

An Italian expedition finally succeeded in ascending to the summit of K2 via the Abruzzi Spur on 31 July 1954. The expedition was led by Ardito Desio, and the two climbers who reached the summit were Lino Lacedelli and Achille Compagnon

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12/12/2013 01:42.44 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Pepper and Jamaica
Dec. 11: Ms BBs BOTM campaign.

Guess what day it is! Its Hump Day!! A perfect day for the place we are going today.

I hope no birdie is afraid of heights cause we are off to the highest spot on Earth. Tomorrow will be the 2nd highest spot.

1st up, (yea that’s a pun!), we have Mount Everest, at 29,035 feet above sea level.
In 1856, the first published height of Everest, then known as Peak XV, at 29,002 ft (8,840 m) was established by the Great Trigonometric of British India. The 29,029 ft that is the mostly widely height accepted was first determined by an Indian survey in 1955.
There have been many other measurements taken by other countries but they are all around the same. When you get that high what is a couple feet!!!

In 1865, Everest was named after Sir George Everest by the Royal Geographical Society upon a recommendation by Andrew Waugh, the British Surveyor General of India.
Although Tibetans had called Everest "Chomolungma" for centuries, Waugh was unaware of this because Tibet and Nepal were closed to foreigners.
There is a lot of conflict over the mountain because the international border between China and Nepal runs across the precise summit point.
If you were hatched at the top what country would you call yours???

The first successful ascent and decent of the mountain was made by Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay on 29 May, 1953.
219 Humans have gone to the Human Rainbow Bridge since 1922 when the mountain was first tried to be climbed.
Why climb mountains when you can take a helo to the top like Didier Delsalle did

In May 2005, pilot Didier Delsalle of France landed a Eurocopter AS350 B3 helicopter on the summit of Mount Everest. That is the highest a helo has ever flown.



Thanks for makeing the coffee King Spot. I thought the Royal servents did that for you.

May I help you make the scrambled cheesy eggs and crunchy topping for breakfast! I can do some bacon, sausage, hash brown potatoes, ham with red eye gravy. I am real good with french toast, and waffles!

Ms BB

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12/11/2013 04:35.51 PM Report This Comment  
  Hey Pepper and Jamaica
Hello every birdie
Dec. 10th: Ms BBs BOTM campaign.

Grab the long underwear and those big warm coats again. You are going to need them again today. The shuttle is taking us to the 2 coldest places on Earth today. I have hot drinks in the storage bins for anybirdie who gets cold. And electric blankets also. If you don’t want to get out you don’t have to. Myself, I am stayen in the pilot’s seat.

Verkhoyansk, Russia is our first stop.
According to the 2002 census, Verkhoyansk has 1,434 hardy residents who live in the deep Siberian wilderness. It was founded as a fort in 1638 and serves as a regional hub in cattle breeding and tin and gold mining. Located 1,500 miles south of the North Pole, Verkhoyansk was used to house political exiles between the 1860s and early 20th century.

In January the average temperature is minus 50.4 degrees F and mean monthly temperatures stay below freezing from October through April. In 1892, residents recorded the still all-time low of minus 90 degrees F.

Now back to the shuttle to warm up with some hot drinks and we are off to the 2nd coldest spot on Earth.

Well, here we are in Oymyakon, Russia.
Folks in Oymyakon take exception whenever Verkhoyansk lays claim to being the coldest location pointing out that they recorded a low of minus 90 degrees F on Feb. 6, 1933. Depending on whom you ask, 500 to 800 people call Oymyakon home, a three-day drive from Yakutsk. Schools stay open through minus 52 degrees.

The village is named after a local hot spring, which some residents tap during the winter by breaking through a thick crust of ice rimming the warm water. Anybirdie want to take a dip?? Oymyakon's tourism board has promoted the town as a perfect destination for adventure travelers hungry for a taste of the extreme.

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12/10/2013 12:23.48 PM Report This Comment  
  Hello Pepper and Jamaica
Grab some sun tan lotion !!!!!!!!
For my BOTM campaign I am going to be using my Star Trek Enterprise shuttlecraft, the Galileo, to take us on far-flung adventures. From the very bottom of Earth’s deepest seas to the far reaches of the Universe.



Dec. 9th: Ms BBs BOTM campaign

No big bulky coats today!! But grab some suntan lotion!!! Hay Jake, grab your Speedo!!!

This should please the tropical birds. That is because we are going to 2 of the hottest spots on earth today. Get those canteens filled. I am bringing a couple coolers filled with ice and LBB root bear.
We are back at Death Valley, the hottest and also the lowest spot in the USA.
Death Valley is the hottest and driest place in North America because of its lack of surface water and its low relief. It is so frequently the hottest spot in the United States that many tabulations of the highest daily temperatures in the country omit Death Valley as a matter of course.

On July 10, 1913, a record 134 °F (56.7 °C) was measured at the Weather Bureau's observation station at Greenland Ranch (now the site for the Furnace Creek Inn), the highest temperature ever recorded in the world. Daily summer temperatures of 120 °F (49 °C) or greater are common, as well as below freezing nightly temperatures in the winter. July is the hottest month, with an average high of 115 °F (46 °C) and an average low of 88 °F (31 °C). December is the coldest month, with an average high of 65 °F (18 °C) and an average low of 39 °F (4 °C). The record low is 15 °F (-9.4 °C).

Back to the shuttle for cold drinks and a cool down and off to the 2nd hottest place on Earth.

We now find ourselves in Dallol, Ethiopia
You will probley want to stay in the shuttle while we are here.

This scorching hot town in the Afar Depression of Ethiopia holds the record for having the highest average annual temperature ever recorded. From 1960 to 1966, Dallol averaged 94 degrees Fahrenheit (daytime temperatures regularly rose to over 100 degrees). This number is an annual average, meaning that Dallol's temperature dips only moderately throughout the year. There is almost never a break from the heat at any time of the year. Dallol is a ghost town today and even animals refuse to live here.

Ms BB

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12/09/2013 12:46.47 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Pepper and Jamaica
For my BOTM campaign I am going to be using my Star Trek Enterprise shuttlecraft, the Galileo, to take us on far-flung adventures. From the very bottom of Earth’s deepest seas to the far reaches of the Universe.
I have to make the pits tonight. I was at King Spots decorating party at the castle.


Dec. 8th:
Put the rain coats away & grab a nice warm coat.
Today we are going to 2 of the driest places on our planet.
But you better get those warm coats back on. That is because the first one is in Antarctica in an area called the Dry Valleys.
The McMurdo Dry Valleys are a row of snow-free valleys in Antarctica located within Victoria Land west of McMurdo Sound. The region is one of the world’s most extreme deserts, and includes many interesting features including Lake Vida and the Onyx River, Antarctica's longest river.

No rain has fallen in this area for nearly 2 million years. That’s a long time I think.
Lake Bonney is a saline lake situated in the Dry Valleys. It is permanently covered with 3 to 5 meters of ice.
Lake Vanda, is 3 times saltier than the ocean. Everbirdie can float in this lake if you don’t mind being cold.

OK you can take the heavy coats off now. But you might want a jacket because the Atacama Desert can be a little chilly. It is located in
northern Chile and it is the world's second driest region. It is a short hop in the shuttle.

The Atacama is a high (most elevations are over 8000 feet) and cold desert, average temperatures range from 0° to 25° Celsius (32° to 75° F).
Not many people live here. Not many animals either for that matter.
This desert occupies about 105,000 square kilometres (41,000 sq mi) composed mostly of salt lakes (salares), sand, and felsic lava flows towards the Andes.

This desert is rich in metallic mineral resources that humans need such as copper, gold, silver and iron as well as non metallic minerals including important deposits of boron, lithium, sodium nitrate and potassium salts. The Salar de Atacama is a place where bischofite is extracted. (Look it up birds. Its too much to explain here).

Ms BB

Come visit me, Buba, Panther and Raffi in the Kissing Booth, Ms BBs page. Thank you for BOTD!, The Bird. Lets play BazBall !!!!!!, Charley Bird, Zeena in the BC Castle for Aug, TPB&G. & The wedding page for all birds to get married at..

12/08/2013 01:44.23 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Pepper and Jamaica
Hello every birdie!!
Bird!!! There's a bunch of early birds on here today!!!

For my BOTM campaign I am going to be using my Star Trek Enterprise shuttlecraft, the Galileo, to take us on far-flung adventures. From the very bottom of Earth’s deepest seas to the far reaches of the Universe.


Dec 7th:
Get the raincoats out again. Its going to get real wet today!!!
If you bring a lunch keep your bread dry. LOL.

Cherrapunji, in the East Khasi Hills in the Indian state of Meghalaya, holds the honor of being the 2nd wettest place on earth. The average yearly rainfall of the region fluctuates from year to year. The number normally falls fairly close to 450 inches (thirty-seven and a half feet). The majority of this rain falls during the monsoon season, in which huge tropical storms batter the region and unleash massive amounts of condensation. That’s a lot of rain fokes. I wonder if they go though lot of umbrellas?

The locals who live in this region are known as the Khasi. After hundreds of years they have developed ingenious ways of dealing with the extreme rainfall and even turned it to their advantage. For example, they are known for their ability to build living bridges, which involves directing the roots of large trees to grow over rivers. Although this process takes a fairly long time (10 to 15 years), the bridges, if constructed properly, can last for centuries. Wish I could do this with my perches.

I wanta thank every bird for all the wonderful support and words of encouragement.

Ms BB

Come visit me, Buba, Panther and Raffi in the Kissing Booth, Ms BBs page. Thank you for BOTD!, The Bird. Lets play BazBall !!!!!!, Charley Bird, Zeena in the BC Castle for Aug, TPB&G. & The wedding page for all birds to get married at..

12/07/2013 12:56.27 PM Report This Comment  
  Dear Pepper and Jamaica and flockily
Royal announcement!
I'd like to announce that everybirdy is invited to the castle Saterday night at 6PM, EST for a decorating party! Bring your homemade decorations for the trees and strings of garlands to hang in the halls!
A grand feast will be served (cooked by Lizzie) with all our Christmas favorites! Then we'll have some caroling and of course dancing!
The dancing will be the old fashioned kind that they used to do, like the gavotte and the minuet, and the waltz! Don't worry, we will have a dancing mastr to teach you all the steps!
Fun at the castle! Be there or be square!
Luv, King Spot Le'Blaze-atiel!

Come visit me, Angel Bertie's Rainbow Gym: Thanks for BOTD!, Angel Bertie: Happy New Year!, Chirps: Happy New Year!!!, The Happy Couple!!!, Spot::vote Jesse, 227428 for BOTM!!! & Lemon Le'BonBon,.

12/07/2013 01:44.47 AM Report This Comment  
  Dear Pepper and Jamaica
Put on your swim sutes or rain gear
For my BOTM campaign I am going to be using my Star Trek Enterprise shuttlecraft, the Galileo, to take us on far-flung adventures. From the very bottom of Earth’s deepest seas to the far reaches of the Universe.

Dec 6th:
OK, every one needs to get a raincoat from the equipment tent and another box lunch from the food tent.
That’s because we are going to the wettest place on Earth and it is also on Hawaii.

Mt. Waialeale on Hawaii's Kauai Island is the rainiest and wettest spot on the planet with an average of over 472 inches or 39 feet (12 meters) of precipitation each year. In 1982, 666 inches (16,916 mm) of rain were recorded on the peak, establishing an official record.
Only a few miles away, however, the amount of rain drops dramatically to only 10 inches (250 mm) a year. The name Waialeale in Hawaiian means “Rippling Water”.
This mountain is only 5148 feet (1569 m) high. It is the second highest spot on Hawaii. We were at the highest spot yesterday.


Deep faulting and water erosion have carved canyons in the mountain’s flanks. Three valleys radiate northward: Wainiha, Lumaha‘i, and Hanalei. To the west is Waimea Canyon—Hawaii’s “Little Grand Canyon,” or the “Grand Canyon of the Pacific.”
The focus of a nearly 1,900-acre (750-hectare) state park, Waimea Canyon is some 16 miles (26 km) long and 1 to 2 miles (1.6 to 3.2 km) wide and is as much as 3,600 feet (1,100 m) deep.

Precipitation at Mount Waialeale supplies numerous waterfalls (the largest of which is the 800-foot [245-m] cascade of Waipo‘o Falls), sending down rushing streams on all sides to feed the only navigable rivers in the state.

Ms BB

Come visit me, Buba, Panther and Raffi in the Kissing Booth, Ms BBs page. Thank you for BOTD!, The Bird. Lets play BazBall !!!!!!, Charley Bird, Zeena in the BC Castle for Aug, TPB&G. & The wedding page for all birds to get married at..

12/06/2013 09:54.18 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi P and J
BB's day 6th blog
Dec 5th:
Every birdie needs to go to the food tent and pick up a box lunch for out trip today. It is a long trip to Hawaii and back. That is where the 2nd highest spot is in the USA.

Mauna Kea stands 13,796 ft (4,205 m) above sea level, its peak is the highest point in the U.S. state of Hawaii.

The first foreigner to arrive at Hawaii was James Cook, in 1778. In 1793, cattle were brought by George Vancouver as a tribute to King Kamehameha I. We learned a little about George Vancouver yesterday.
In 1809 John Palmer Parker arrived and befriended Kamehameha I, who put him in charge of cattle management on the island.

On August 26, 1823, Joseph F. Goodrich, an American missionary, made the first recorded ascent in a single day.

In January 1834, David Douglas climbed the mountain. On a second climb in July, he was found dead in a pit intended to catch wild cattle. Although murder was suspected, it was probably an accidental fall. The site, Ka lua kauka is marked by the Douglas Fir trees named for him

With its high altitude, dry environment, and stable airflow, Mauna Kea's summit is one of the best sites in the world for astronomical observation, and one of the most controversial.
Since the creation of an access road in 1964, thirteen telescopes funded by eleven countries have been constructed at the summit. The Mauna Kea Observatories are used for scientific research across the electromagnetic spectrum from visible light to radio, and comprise one of the world's largest facilities of their type. In April 2013, the Thirty Meter Telescope project was approved, and will be the largest telescope ever built.

Come visit me, Buba, Panther and Raffi in the Kissing Booth, Ms BBs page. Thank you for BOTD!, The Bird. Lets play BazBall !!!!!!, Charley Bird, Zeena in the BC Castle for Aug, TPB&G. & The wedding page for all birds to get married at..

12/05/2013 10:08.55 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Pepper and Jamaica
Hello every Birdie Ms BB here with today's blog. Thank you all for your support and encouragement.
Back into the shuttle every birdie and strap in. You might want to bring a warm coat with yea and a thermos of a hot drink. We are going to the highest spot in North America & its cold up there!

Mount McKinley or Denali is the highest mountain peak in North America, with a summit elevation of 20,320 feet (6,194 m) above sea level and is in the state of Alaska in the Denali National Park.

The mountain is characterized by extremely cold weather. Temperatures as low as -75.5 °F (-59.7 °C) and windchills as low as -118.1 °F (-83.4 °C) have been recorded by an automated weather station located at 18,733 feet (5,700 m). (Told you it was cold!!!)

This weather station is the third-highest weather station in the world and was donated to the International Arctic Research Center at the University of Alaska Fairbanks in 1998 by the Japan Alpine Club.

Are you glad you brought a warm jacket now??? Want to get out & play in the snow anybirde?? How about a snowball fight?

The first European to see the mountain was George Vancouver in 1794. The first verifiable ascent to McKinley's summit was achieved on June 7, 1913 by climbers Hudson Stuck, Harry Karstens, Walter Harper, and Robert Tatum. In 1951, Bradford Washburn pioneered the West Buttress route considered to be the safest and easiest route and therefore the most popular currently in use.

Five large glaciers flow off the slopes of the mountain. The Peters Glacier lies on the northwest side of the mountain, while the Muldrow Glacier falls from its northeast slopes. Just to the east of the Muldrow, and abutting the eastern side of the massif, is the Traleika Glacier. The Ruth Glacier lies to the southeast of the mountain, and the Kahiltna Glacier leads up to the southwest side of the mountain.
hugs
BB 11078

Come visit me, Buba, Panther and Raffi in the Kissing Booth, Ms BBs page. Thank you for BOTD!, The Bird. Lets play BazBall !!!!!!, Charley Bird, Zeena in the BC Castle for Aug, TPB&G. & The wedding page for all birds to get married at..

12/04/2013 12:55.37 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Pepper and Jamaica
Hello everybird, Miss BB here with today's blog. Hope you're ready to explore?
BB 11078

Now I have to go get my shuttle and start todays adventure.
Dec. 3rd
Back into the shuttle & strap in again. I don’t think you will need a canteen today. It is not really that hot where we are going.

Now we are off to the next lowest spot in the USA but it has water on it. We are now at the Salton Sea (California) -226 ft (-69 m) below sea level in the Imperial Valley.

In 1900, the California Development Company began construction of irrigation canals to divert water from the Colorado River into the Salton Sink, a dry lake bed. The Salton Sink became fertile for a time, allowing farmers to plant crops.
Within two years, the Imperial & Alamo Canals became filled with silt from the Colorado River. Engineers tried to unblock them to no avail. In 1905, heavy rainfall and snowmelt caused the Colorado River to swell, overrunning a set of headgates for the canals. The resulting flood poured down the canals, eroding two watercourses, the New River in the west, and the Alamo River in the east, each about 60 miles (97 km) long. Over a period of approximately two years these two newly created rivers sporadically carried the entire volume of the Colorado River into the Salton Sink.

With an average area of roughly 525 sq mi (1,360 km2), the Salton Sea is the largest lake in California

The Hoover Dam in Black Canyon, constructed beginning in 1929 and completed in 1935, effectively put an end to the flooding episodes in the Imperial Valley.

Over 400 species of birds have been documented at the Salton Sea. The Salton Sea supports 30% of the remaining population of the American white pelican. It is also a major resting stop on the Pacific Flyway. On 18 November 2006, a Ross's gull, a high Arctic bird, was sighted and photographed there.

There is no outlet for this sea. Therefor the runoff from farms and agricultural runoff contribute to the salinity of the sea.

Ms BB

Come visit me, Buba, Panther and Raffi in the Kissing Booth, Ms BBs page. Thank you for BOTD!, The Bird. Lets play BazBall !!!!!!, Charley Bird, Zeena in the BC Castle for Aug, TPB&G. & The wedding page for all birds to get married at..

12/03/2013 06:38.13 PM Report This Comment  
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