Saturday, August 23, 2014

Help Houdini Escape to a New Home

Houdini is an unconfirmed female Nanday Conure parrot, currently living in Littlerock, Washington, south of the state capitol of Olympia. Her current parront has cared for her since September 2009. His former girlfriend moved to Alaska and left the parrot in his care but never returned for her. She had Houdini for two or three years, and prior to that, her son had the bird in Florida for a year or two. So Houdini is believed to be at least nine or ten years old. Houdini is friendly towards both women and men. About two years ago, Houdini plucked her feathers overnight and has kept them plucked ever since. She seems to be OK with that, but of course, to the lay observer, it appears unkempt (also in molt in the photograph). Houdini does not have a vocabulary but sometimes mumbles. She spends a considerable amount of time out of her cage. When she starts taking flight, her parront trims her feathers. Houdini is said to be a relatively quiet bird, especially by conure parrot standards.

Houdini comes with her cage and toys and is Free to the Right Home. If you are interested in adopting Houdini please contact Northwest Parrots Fund, a 501(c)3 nonprofit charity registered in the State of Washington.

Sunday, August 17, 2014

There's Something Strangely Mesmerizing About Six Second Continuous Loop Videos

No wonder Vine is so popular. There's something strangely mesmerizing about six second continuous loop videos. So our parrots are jumping in with both feet and wings.

Our Male Congo African Grey Parrot Smokey

Our female Hyacinth Macaw Princess Tara

Our Male Ruby Macaw Mr. Cracker

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Organized Gangs of Parrots Ready to Ravage Poland

This article, in its entirety, appeared on the website Interesting News Technology: Unfortunately there is no indication on the website where the author is based, but we'll make a wild guess and say Poland.

Saturday, August 9, 2014

Scientists: invasion of green parrots in Poland is only a matter of time – Polish Radio
These large, green parrots have become popular among farmers because it is easy to tame and willing to learn to imitate Sonically different sounds. It is estimated that in the period 1996-2002 to the European Union brought their 137 thousand. Due to inattention or carelessness of people a lot of pieces found in the wild. can be currently found in parks or on the streets more than a hundred European cities. Most of it is in the UK (a few years ago, the population was estimated at 10-20 thousand. Individuals), Belgium (8.5 thous.), The Netherlands and Germany (after 5,5 thous.). You can not hit as in Greece or Slovenia. Parrots great deal on the loose. They are omnivorous. Quickly discovered what they are feeders (supplanting them great tit and blue tits) and tolerate frosts. – It is said that up to minus 20 degrees Celsius give advice! Please note that cities are warmer, heating pipes are. The potential for parrots is therefore – explains the director of the Institute of Zoology, University of Life Sciences (UP) in Poznan, prof. Peter Tryjanowski (center takes part in the EU’s research program exotic invasion.) great pest and potential health risks Experts point out that where Alexandretta occur naturally are considered to be some of the larger bird pests. In India, destroy crops and plantations of sunflowers and date palms. European cities also pester – parrots are dziuplakami and often burrow holes in the insulation of buildings. The previous European experience of Alexandretta are so difficult that the parrot appeared on a list of one hundred most troublesome invasive species.
For this Alexandretta may be carriers include causing bacteria (including humans) ornithosis, or an acute infectious disease of the respiratory system, and protozoa that cause cryptosporidiosis (gastrointestinal disease). Carry a virus causing Newcastle disease in poultry. Her attack is the loss of the entire culture. 
also cause environmental problems, because in search of places to breed compete with European species, for example. dzięciołami, szpakami and kowalikami. They win as a bigger and stronger, but also because it starts breeding in February, occupying hollows birds that breed later. 
As you read the pages of the EU project DAISIE (Delivering Alien Invasive Species In Europe), yet are unknown methods to prevent invasion or limitation. Natural enemies in Europe parrot is no more than other species.

We can't decide if this article was translated into English from Polish by the author before being posted. Or possibly the article was translated into Chinese from Polish and then into English. This translation is pretty much on par with some of the printed instructions (reputedly in English) that we find with our new electronic devices.

Reading this article, we were thoroughly confused after about a half-dozen sentences. But steadfast our perseverance paid off when toward the end of the article we hit the crux of the problem:

Her attack is the loss of the entire culture. also cause environmental problems, because in search of places to breed compete with European species, for example. dzięciołami, szpakami and kowalikami. They win as a bigger and stronger, but also because it starts breeding in February, occupying hollows birds that breed later.

Her attack is the loss of the entire culture.

Wow, one parrot can bring an entire civilization to its knees! All this because Alexander the Great wanted to invade India. We can see the tee shirts of the time

Αλεξάντερ καταπατά Ινδίας και όλα τα πήρα ήταν αυτό το άθλιο Parrot*

So Western Civilization falls. Then there's the environmental problems to boot. And then the whole thing about breeding earlier and bigger and stronger. Getting the shivers just thinking about it. And if Poland falls, then what? Russia? Alaska? America? Nowhere will be safe. We'll all be speaking Indian Ringneck before they're through.

*Alexander invades India and all we got is this lousy parrot

Saturday, August 9, 2014

Repurposing Those Old Coffee Mugs

If you're like us you probably have cabinets full of old coffee mugs. Once proudly holding your favorite cup of joe. Or tea. Now just collecting dust. What to do with your old mugs you just can't bear to part with?

Well, repurpose them. Repurpose. Verb.

To reuse for a different purpose, on a long-term basis, without alteration. Example: The town common was repurposed as a practice field.

Use your old but beloved coffee mugs to hold your kitchen scrub sponges or your kitchen utensils.

Still have mugs left over? Cook with them. In our never ending effort to simplify life we're searching for meals that can be prepared in a coffee mug:

Got any ideas of your own? Please share them with us. Best idea wins a tee shirt.

Saturday, August 2, 2014

Wild Wild West Exclusive: Boeing's Dirty Little Secret

Earlier this season Wild Wild West brought you startling and never before seen photos of the lifecycle of free range wild caught Boeing 737 airliners from the rivers of Montana. We quoted State of Washington trade officials boasting of the superiority of free range airliners over their factory farmed competition. But as our intrepid reporters have discovered, there is a dirty little secret, long rumored but never proven, that Boeing and the airline industry didn't want the public to know.

The reality of free range 737s not living up to snuff

The Wild Wild West's intrepid reporters risked life and limb and attack dogs on the plains of Montana to snap this never before seen photo of free range airliners, deemed not suitable for the commercial airline industry, being crushed and canned for dog food. Indisputable evidence of heinous activity that belies the glitzy atmosphere promoted by Boeing and the commercial airline industry.

The hype pushed by Boeing and the commercial airline industry

People. Yet another reason to always read labels. Exercise care when purchasing canned dog food for your family pets. Read the ingredients. Make sure your canned dog food is free range 737 free. And let your grocery store manager know how you feel about this despicable activity.

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Celestial Parrots: Indian Goddess Meenakshi and Her Parrot Avatar or Vahana

Anyone who has a parrot or has been around parrots realizes the celestial nature of parrots, the Angels and Seraphs of Heaven. Why else are angels and seraphs depicted with wings? The celestial nature of parrots has been known and commented on since ancient times.

A storyteller in Indian lore is a Shuka. Shuka in Sanskrit means parrot and thus the name is derived from the large number of parrots found around the Shukachari hills of India, in the Indian State of Maharashtra. Shukachari literally means abode of parrots in the Sanskrit language. This bird has the special privilege of resting on the right shoulder of Goddess Meenakshi, who is none other than Goddess Raja Mathangi, also known as Raja Shyamala. This Goddess is the upasana murthi or deity for fine arts,especially music and dance. The parrot resting on Her shoulder is certainly not a decorative bird, but the celestial partner of the Goddess, imparting knowledge of all the 64 arts.

The parrot depicted with the Goddess is the parrot native to the Indian Subcontinent, the Indian Ringneck parrot (Psittacula krameri). These parrots were prized by the likes of Alexander the Great and lesser invaders and visitors. These parrots have become naturalized around the world, North and South America, Eastern and Western Hemisphere. Cities great and small have fallen to their onslaught.

Such a parrot is held on the right side of Goddess Meenakshi. The parrot is positioned in such a way that its beak is aligned with the Goddess's right ear. The parrot imparts its knowledge of the 64 arts to the Goddess. Worshipers of the Goddess seek the blessings of the parrot for fulfillment of the knowledge of the fine arts.

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Wild Wild West: Startling Life Cycle of Free Range Boeing 737s

We are thrilled in this episode of Wild Wild West to share extremely rare and startling never before seen photos of 737 airliners emerging from a Montana river where they spawn. What is so rare about these photos is that it was always assumed that this activity was nocturnal. That is why we have never seen photos like this before. Montana State Fish and Game biologists overseeing this unique event have yet to understand why this activity is occurring in broad daylight, but believe this may have something to do with global warming and increasing temperatures of the river water.

First sighting of a 737 emerging from a Montana river in its larval stage.

Once the first 737 emerges, and determines there are no predators in the area, then the flock starts to emerge, like lemmings going over the cliff.
[Insert Sidebar Here: Why biologists call groups of free range 737s flocks instead of schools. Something to do with the wings developing on dry land.]

737s struggling to climb the bank onto dry land.

More of the same.

A rare view of a 737 returning to take a drink from the river. Note the larval husk still protecting the 737.

Once on dry land the 737s are rounded up by Montana cowboys supervised by Montana State Fish and Game officials and herded to safe enclosures in the big city.

Note how the 737 wings develop after the airliners are on dry land. Wings are useless underwater. Once fully formed, fledged and mature the free range 737s are domesticated to a life of a commercial airliner. Washington State trade officials boast that free range 737s are superior to the farmed 737s produced in Kansas and South Carolina.

Thank you for joining us on this amazing episode of Wild Wild West. Join us next time for rare footage of a Rocky Mountain Oyster Hunt. Same Time Same Channel. Stay tuned!