Jun 132008

We need a lot more volunteers, but the ones we have are great!

Al and Ria are the best! For the last three years they’ve been coming in FIVE nights a week to do the night feeds and meds, and they are both in their late sixties. They give money and all kinds of things that we need.

It’s the same with Val and her husband, Doug. For three years they’ve done night feeds and laundry, have donated a hot water tank, and continue to give many other donations.

Larry and Anne have also been coming in for three years. Larry does ALL the bird housing on his own. Anne comes and cleans the hospital for us.

Maxine and Mike come in and do seeds and nuts, two days every week.

Grant is great. He comes and makes movies, and helps out with the website. Branda and JP come in once a week and give goodies to the birds, and give help with anything else we might need.

We really need to let them know how much they mean to us, and the birds. They mean a lot to me and the other staff and their feathered friends because it’s hard to love so much and make all kinds of friends, and when one passes away it’s hard to let go and move on to help the next bird that needs you to be their friend.

If it wasn’t for Al, Ria, Val, Doug, Anne and Larry, and all of our volunteers, I don’t know how things would get done – they care so much!

– from Lacey Kapusta

Dixie and Friends

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Apr 082008

Dixie is popular with the parrots, as you can see. She’s one of many volunteers who help keep the refuge going. Currently, she’s planning to develop the outdoor grounds into an organic garden that would become part of the World Parrot Refuge “experience.” As well it would be a source for some of our bird’s nutritional needs. (Seven hundred parrots go through a lot of food – more on that soon).

Dixie is looking for a volunteer master gardener who would like to help her with this project … any takers out there?

Alex & Wendy

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Mar 272008

Refuge volunteer, Alex, presents two more of his hand-crafted bird toys to WPR founder, Wendy Huntbatch.

Alex and Wendy

Hi Ho, Hi Ho…

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Sep 112007

A work group from a church in Nanaimo came down to contribute a few hours help this past Sunday afternoon. As well as getting a good start on an outdoor flight cage for the smaller birds, they made toys, cleaned, and helped with the evening feeding. And of course they received a warm welcome from Esther and the other birds!

Framing the outdoor cage

Girls and power tools - making toys

Handfeeding the special needs birds

Esther's special welcome!

If your church, school, service club or other group would like to help us, we would be very happy to welcome you too! Please email or phone ahead so we can arrange the details with you.


Back to School

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Sep 102007

It’s September and some of our bird-keepers are returning to the school books. One such employee recently dropped in to say “bye for now” to her feathered friends.

Carley saying 'see ya later' to her new friends

If you’d like to work for the World Parrot Refuge, please check out the job information on this website. We need energetic, reliable, hard-working people who would enjoy this unique job experience.

Brad and his Dad…

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Jun 252007

Brad and Cocoa

Brad is giving Cocoa a pet…

Brad Wilson and his dad, Bill have been coming to the refuge on Friday afternoons recently to share some mutual time with a couple of parrots who appreciate the extra attention.

Volunteers who would like to spend time with the birds are always welcome, although at this time we have limited space. This should improve once the Macaw flight rooms are completed.

Bill and Kelly

While Bill gives Kelly some much appreciated “rib tickles”.