Bird Toon of the Day - December 4, 2017

In an attempt to spread the Christmas-themed toons across the month, here is the first of several Diamond Lil strips, from December 11 of last year, in which Stupid the Bird undertakes a typical holiday pursuit, with the typical (for him) results:

Mickaboo 20th Anniversary Holiday Party Challenge Grant - Today 12/2/2017 Only

Final update:

YOU collectively gave us $13.6K in response to this Challenge Grant.  That's about enough for a week's worth of vet bills at our current rates!  THANK YOU all from the bottom of our hearts.  We hope you all enjoy a very merry holiday season.

In honor of Mickaboo's 20th Anniversary, a generous benefactor has offered a $4000 Challenge Grant!  All donations today, received online or at Mickaboo's Holiday Party, will qualify for a 50% match.  Let's use it up!  You may use either or to give online.

Your financial support helps us help birds like Morado, a Mexican red-headed amazon. Morado was found outside as a stray, kept for a time by the good samaritan who found her, and ultimately surrendered to Mickaboo.  Though not yet hand tame she will accept treats from a hand. She enjoys listening to music, like the theme to Disney's Robin Hood, and whistling along.  Fun fact: Morado is a foodie! She prefers to eat her fresh vegetables mixed with a tiny dab of hummus, tomato sauce, potato soup, quinoa, or curry sauce. 

You may learn more about Morado and inquire about adopting her here.

Thank you again for your support for the last 20 years, and in the years to come!

Bird Toon of the Day - December 1, 2017

We start the month with a Ziggy panel.  Rather than being a reprint, I'm convinced this one was new on December 2, 2015, since it plays off the title of the movie "50 Shades of Grey" which had been released earlier that year:

GlobalGiving's #GivingTuesday Helps Mickaboo's Birds!

FINAL RESULTS:  Nov 28, 11:20 pm PT

#GivingTuesday is over - and we've met our fundraising goal!  Thanks to you, we raised $10,397 (including matching funds). That's just about enough to pay for a week's worth of our veterinary expenses for our flock of 650 birds!

Our birds, the volunteers who care for them day in and day out, and our Board of Directors are grateful for your outpouring of generosity.

GlobalGiving is participating in #GivingTuesday with another matching gift day! From NOW until Tuesday, Nov 28, 9 pm PT, GlobalGiving will match your online donations,Mojo and Troy (now) up to $1,000 per donor per nonprofit. The match rate will be determined by how much Mickaboo raises as a percentage of all monies raised. This means donations made during the entire day will count! Head to this link to give.

Your gifts help birds like those pictured here.  Mojo and Tory are 23- and 19-year-old cherry-headed conures surrendered to Mickaboo by a woman who had them their whole lives, and only gave them up when she was hospitalized permanently.  (Conures like these have a life expectancy of around 30 years.) Their feather-plucking behavior has been successfully addressed by changes to their diet and environment.  Mojo, the larger of the two, has added some English words ("Hello!" "Take a bath!") to his birdie vocabulary.  Both enjoy interacting outside of their cage with their humans.  The top picture shows what they look like now; the bottom picture shows their previous appearance.

Interested in adopting this beautiful pair?  See more information and contact their adoption coordinator here.

Thank you for being there for our birds and our volunteers - it's an old phrase, but we really couldn't do what we do without you!