2014 Silent Auction

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Sep 222013
 

Now’s the time to donate special or heirloom items to our upcoming Silent Auction!

Please bring donations to the Thrift Shop.

Some items we already have:

  • Bicycle Built for 2
  • Antique Cradle
  • Heirloom Jewelry
  • Fine Crystal and China
  • Original Artwork

Help us make this the BEST AUCTION to date.  Winter is here and our wonderful birds need to be kept warm in their 23,000 sqft facility.

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Thanks Everyone!

Bird Group

 

Oct 212012
 

The World Parrot Refuge is happy to let you know that it now has beautiful cards available for sale. The cards feature artwork by 4 of the parrots living at the refuge: JR, Lago, Bailey and Hello Macaw.

Wendy writes:

The cards are primarily to raise funds for the new Palliative Care Unit.  We are getting the double wide trailer ready right now.  We have to line it with steel of course – floor too so that the parrots do not have to be caged.  We have to get the power put into the building and plumbing as well.  We do have a lot of cupboards already – so we think if we can raise $15k we will have a great area for the very special needs birds.

Each Card Pack contain 4 cards (one of each design).

The cards have been produced by Cranky Crow Studios, and are available in a pack of 4 ( 1 of each design) for $20, which includes shipping in Canada.

To order your Card Pack, please type in how many Packs you would like, and click “Order Card Packs” to add them to our shopping cart:

Pack(s) of Parrot Painting Cards

Thank you very much!

Goffin’s Tree

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Jun 042012
 

Some Goffin’s Cockatoos check out the festive new benches outside.

These benches are along the path leading up to the Refuge. They were recently repaired (as needed) and painted a beautiful bright red by Glenn and Angela M.  These are the volunteers that built the cockatiel flight and the small parrot flight.

Many thanks, Glenn and Angela!

Education at the Refuge

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Apr 182012
 

Here are some of the informational and educational posters around the Refuge. 

April 14 Posters Many of these have information about what birds eat and how to keep them happy in a home, like ideas like foraging and play. There are also species-specific informational posters throughout WPR to teach people about the various types of birds living at the Refuge, as well as from where they originate. There’s the self-guided-tour board and a number of warning signs throughout to keep both humans and parrots safe. Rosie the Macaw did a stand-up job making sure I read the posters in the informational display. Thank you, Rosie!

Horst was busy outside putting up some more of the educational banners along the walkway up to the entrance. There will be about a dozen or so when he’s finished.

Wendy told me that there will be two new outdoor flights being built, as soon as the weather is amenable. The posts and fencing was already there, now all that’s needed is a few days of sun to get them up!

22 photos – 2 pages

 

Other photos from the day:

Meet the Birds

Meet Some Staff

Dec 052011
 

“Every painting will be different. They are so imaginative,” Wendy Huntbatch said enthusiastically after the first art trial. “I think the cockatoos are going to be the best artists.”

The paintings, on stretched canvas, will be sold at the Parrot Refuge or online and each one will be personally signed, with a footprint, by the bird artist.

Each unique parrot painting is $75, plus shipping. Shipping will be added to your order when the painting is shipped. Our cart is secure, so your information is safe.

 

For more information, please contact Wendy at wendy.huntbatch@floprs.org .

Nov 262011
 

The World Parrot Refuge parrots are painting!

Parrots paint with panache at Coombs refuge by Judith Lavoie:

“Every painting will be different. They are so imaginative,” Wendy Huntbatch said enthusiastically after the first art trial. “I think the cockatoos are going to be the best artists.”

The paintings, on stretched canvas, will be sold at the Parrot Refuge and each one will be personally signed, with a footprint, by the bird artist.

Group painting sessions tended to get a little hairy — or feathery — with paint splattering in all directions and no defined artist for each piece, so staff are restricting art classes to two birds at a time.

“They are doing amazing work,” said supervisor-turned-art-teacher Stephanie Martin.

Bailey and Peaches, umbrella cockatoos, favoured reds and yellows with impressionist influences.

“Bailey is using her tail so her paintings feature a sweeping effect — sort of feathering. Then she slides on it,” Martin said.

“Peaches uses the brushes to throw the paint on the canvas.”

Nicky and Sidney, Moluccan cockatoos with pink feathers, preferred the blue and green combinations.

“Most of it is fingerpainting, rather than brushwork. It is pretty abstract and everyone has their own version of what they see,” Martin said.

Volunteers are looking forward to exploring the individual talents of their favourite birds and there are great hopes for the abilities of the African greys, she said.

Baths have to follow painting lessons, even though the paint is non-toxic, Martin said.

“And after bath time they like to be blow-dried. They want the full salon treatment,” she said.

Each unique parrot painting is $75, plus shipping. Shipping will be added to your order when the painting is shipped. Our cart is secure, so your information is safe.

 

For more information, please contact Wendy at wendy.huntbatch@floprs.org .

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Each unique parrot painting is $75, plus shipping. Shipping will be added to your order when the painting is shipped. Our cart is secure, so your information is safe.

 

For more information, please contact Wendy at wendy.huntbatch@floprs.org .

So far we have 8 paintings completed – they seem to average 4 per day – it is hard work and requires a lot of polly concentration! We will have volunteers here again to assist our artists and hand the loaded brushes to them. The Parrot Art gallery will be open as long as we have paintings available.

Nov 122011
 

Here’s lovely Reika, modeling some fabulous slippers to show you how wonderful and warm they are!

Slipper testimonial:

Hello, I just want to let you know that I received the slippers today and they are wonderful! They are very comfortable, very well made and the colors are great. Will definitely come back in the future. Thank you so much!

What a perfect Christmas gift for you, and everyone on your list! Just think: all your shopping could be done in one simple email. :0)

Quality, hand knit slippers from Cathy Carroll of The Calgary Parrot Club. Only $15/pair (plus shipping). To order your slippers, contact Gloria at fanting@telus.net.

Do not be disappointed! Place your order today, as quantities are limited. All funds, minus shipping, will go to benefit the World Parrot Refuge parrots.

Thank you from the parrots and happy holidays!

 (And thank *you*, Gloria and Cathy, for such a lovely gift to the parrots.)

Apr 292011
 

We received a very kind email from Wendy Morse, an artist who creates lovely avian inspired textile items. She was looking to partner with avian rescues and welfare organizations to help raise much-needed funds for the birds in their care.

As such, she has offered to donate 15% of any sale (excluding postage) from her online shops (BagsofaFeather.com, etsy, or ArtFirePlease) to us. All you need to do is mention the World Parrot Refuge in the “message to seller” upon checkout, and she’ll do the rest. Her work is lovely, and would be a wonderful gift to any person who loves birds: including yourself! You can view her designs here.

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