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Anza & Irving: an Adoption Journey

 By Bret Winter

We had been rescue parents of a lost parakeet and a cockatiel, discovered two years apart by my partner, Susan, on the outdoor grounds of the preschool where she works. The adopted birds became honorary classmates of the children and would return from the preschool to our home each night. When we visited my family in England, the birds were entrusted to a family whose children attended Susan's preschool. It was a sad call to receive when we returned, to learn the budgie was found unresponsive one morning. He was later buried by the saddened family members. He had been a little clown who entertained by "dancing" with his mirror and had also enjoyed chasing the cockatiel, “Powder”, around the living room. Budgies have so much spunk! View PDF in new window

Featured Volunteer: Jackie Emerson

 By Shauna Hill

Being a Mickaboo volunteer is a labor of love for many. Sometimes a volunteer reaches out in LOTS of ways to lend a hand. Our volunteers are vital to our organization and they are the reason we can help so many birds in need. Our featured volunteer this time is an excellent example of that. She not only is one of the coordinators for several different species but also assists with two other very important areas. Let's take some time to get to know Jackie Emerson! View PDF in a new window

Avian Borna Virus/ PDD: Good News and Bad News – New Research Findings

 By Louisa Jaskulski, RVT

In the late 1970’s, wild-caught macaws imported into Europe and the U.S. from Bolivia were identified with a disease syndrome which caused them to waste away and die. Originally called “macaw wasting syndrome”, it later became known as Proventricular Dilatation Disease (“PDD”) because impaction, dilatation, and degeneration of the Proventriculus (the glandular stomach in birds) was often a finding on necropsy. This was a frightening newly-identified syndrome because once clinical signs were seen, a large percentage of these birds progressively worsened and died. View PDF in a new window

Calendar Photos Wanted

 ByThe Editor

Mickaboo is soliciting pictures of its foster birds and alumni to feature in Mickaboo's 2017 calendar! We need thirteen pictures, all of different bird types. Here is how you can submit your picture to be considered. View PDF in a new window

In the Friend Zone: Life after Oviductectomy

 By Guest Post & Photos by Zoe Martell

As the bird health care coordinator for Palomacy Pigeon & Dove Adoptions, I often receive calls when something is awry with one of the rescues in our volunteer network; this is how I first met Banano, a tame roller pigeon that had recently joined our network of rescued birds. Banano came into Palomacy’s care in October of 2015, when she was surrendered by the very loving woman who had cared for her for six years after finding her on the street. Banano was named by her rescuer’s son, then a toddler, who thought she resembled a banana and the name stuck. Banano was placed with a very loving Palomacy foster volunteer, Debbie, who quickly realized that something wasn’t right. Banano had arrived thin, wasn’t eating and was losing weight she didn’t have to spare. We figured the stress of moving might be part of it but I was asked to take her into my care to assess and support her. View PDF in a new window

Bird of the Month

 By The Editor

My name is Kiki. My dad and I fell on hard times and had to move out of our home. We didn't have anywhere to go so we were living outside at a park. One day a nice lady was out walking her dog and saw us. She felt sorry for me and convinced my dad to let me go home with her. Read More...