Tue May 16 2023 4:00pm to 5:15pm (approx)
Perhaps one of the most common (and confusing and heartbreaking)
behaviors in captive birds are “stereotypies.”
Bird stereotypies can include:
–Plucking & barbing feathers
–Pacing back and forth
–Sliding a beak over certain parts of the cage
over and over again
–Hanging from bars
–Rocking back and forth
They are seemingly functionally “pointless” behaviors – but may be self-soothing mechanisms for stress, boredom or attempts to alleviate pain.
During the pandemic, my stress stereotypy was doom-scrolling Facebook.
Ellie over-ants when she’s bored.
Isabelle barbs if she’s super stressed,
and Tillie rocks.
And 😊 Stereotypies can be recognized, understood, and improved!
**Free for PK Members!!**
When: Tuesday, May 16 2023 @ 4pm EST
Where: Online! We’ll send you a Zoom link
Cost: Only $35 for non-PK Members
Note: Replays available ONLY to Parrot Kindergarten members!
(Not a PK member yet? Click here to enroll in our Parrot Kindergarten Program. 🥳)
Cassie is our Parrot Kindergarten behavior trainer (aka school counselor)!!
Cassie Malina has been training people and animals professionally worldwide for over 20 years.
After graduating with High Distinction from the Pennsylvania State University, Cassie joined the animal training team at Natural Encounters, Inc. During her many years with NEI, she produced and performed in free flight bird shows across the country. She performed in free flight bird shows at Disney’s Animal Kingdom since the park’s inception through April 2020. She also instructed on the art and science of animal training in numerous workshops, seminars, lectures, webinars and presentations across the country. As part of the NEI team, Cassie consulted on animal programs across the US and abroad.
Cassie has been coaching animal caregivers since 2004. She has maintained her CPBC certification from the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants (IAABC) since 2015 and her CPBT-KA certification from the International Avian Trainers Certification Board (IATCB) since 2013, and she completed Dr. Susan Friedman, Ph.D.’s Living and Learning Course. Cassie has been an active member of the International Association of Avian Trainers and Educators (IAATE) since 1998 and has been an Executive Board Member of the IAATE since 2004. In 2020, the IAATE presented Cassie with a Lifetime Achievement Award.
Cassie provides free behavior workshops each month for our Parrot Kindergarten members, and you can also access her throughout the month for one-on-one behavior help with your flock family.
(PK FULL members receive substantial discounts for private behavior sessions.)
Jen Cunha is an attorney, animal cognition trainer, writer, and international speaker, focusing on animal literacy and communication. A “parrot mama” for over 16 years, Jen has been developing cognition training techniques for almost a decade. Her training manuals have been translated and distributed throughout Europe, and she’s been featured in Bird Talk magazine. Jen has twice written articles for the International Association of Applied Behavior Consultants Journal and is a frequent lecturer at science conventions and companion bird gatherings around the world. Jennifer collaborates on animal literacy and communication projects with university researchers, and her research has been published in peer-reviewed scientific proceedings. Her birds, Ellie and Isabelle, have passed university-designed blind tests on phonics and reading comprehension skills and are considered the very first animals who have learned how to read.