Posted by Julia Keller on Oct 29, 2019

Where to begin with this one…  A few weeks ago, my beloved Severe Macaw - Jazz - passed away in my arms.  He had been diagnosed with PDD (Avian Bornavirus) just 3 weeks before his death.  The vets and I did all we could to help him turn the corner, but he could not fight it.  Jazz was 18. I was devastated, and will be for quite some time, as birds are not just “pets” - they are highly intelligent and emotional companions.  

I have spent the last 7 or 8 years working with Mickaboo Companion Bird Rescue, taking in fosters, and helping adopters to understand the unique world of sharing space with a parrot.  I love the work and the birds and it can be super rewarding, especially when you have helped a human and a bird find each other as companions. But it can also be heartbreaking to go out on rescues and see abuse and neglect of these super intelligent creatures.  And every time one passes in my care, the heartbreak and grief are immeasurable - makes me question why I do this every time.  

But as I write this, I can hear my two new fosters - Keeko (a conure)  and Buddy (a lovebird) - talking in the other room. I know I am doing the right thing, and I know Jazz would have wanted me to continue the rescue work.  So onward I push…

Does this have ANYTHING to do with awesome field trips and workshops?  Nope. Zip. But I am hoping that someone might read this and decide to adopt a rescue animal- bird, dog, cat, whatever - and understand why this work is so very important for humans and animals alike.  Fly free, Jazz boy - I love you...