I am excited to announce that Stephanie Edlund, CPBC, will be joining me as an administrator on the Parrot Enrichment Facebook Page and at ParrotEnrichment.com to help us better understand how to best live with the parrots we keep in our homes. I’ve always felt that training, understanding parrot behavior and body language, and arranging the physical environment (how we build and enhance the habitats our parrots live in) are major factors in providing enrichment for our birds. But these topics aren’t my strong suit. Until now I have only been able to touch on them. With Stephanie’s talents, extensive knowledge of, and hands on experience with force free animal training and parrot behavior she will be able to teach us so much more that we can be doing to provide our parrots a fully enriched life in our homes.
A number of you are probably familiar with Stephanie Edlund, have read her blog posts and watched her training videos. For those of you who don’t know Stephanie, I will tell you that she has spent much of her life learning about animal welfare, behavior, training and enrichment. After getting her zookeeping degree she studied biology at the University of Stockholm. The last four years she has been working as a zookeeper and made a few stand-ins as a teacher while learning all she can about force free animal training and animal welfare. Today she runs her own business in Sweden where she offers presentations and workshops for bird clubs, veterinarians, pet shops and zoos. She also offers consultations and private training lessons, predominantly with parrots but sometimes with other animals as well. Her Swedish website provides articles and online classes on enrichment, force free animal training and other useful topics for pet owners. She is the head trainer for Korpdalen, an educational zoo facility in Björkvik, Sweden, where she works with freeflighted parrots as well as other birds. Stephanie is a Certified Parrot Behavior Consultant (CPBC) with the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants (IAABC) where she is also Chair of the Parrot Division of IAABC.
Stephanie has been concentrating on her Swedish website where she uses a combination of video, PDF’s, pictures and text in a format that makes learning exciting. She has learned how to create interactive e-courses to teach parrot owners how to better understand and live with the birds we keep in a unique way that is both fun and informative. Stephanie writes in a way that is entertaining and easy to follow. She has the ability not just to tell us what we need to do and why – but she can actually show us how to do it.
Her new website, Understanding Parrots, is up and is a work in progress. Stephanie’s long term goals are to create a user friendly website that has everything people need to understand parrot welfare from a behavioral perspective. This includes understanding parrot body language, enrichment and force free training. She has the talent, knowledge and skills to accomplish this.
The first step toward this long term goal is her desire to create, “What Parrots Do – A Library of Parrot Behavior“. The aim here is to provide a free online resource that everyone can use to learn how to interpret parrot body language cues and in what contexts we tend to see them. She will teach us what to pay attention to and how to interpret behavior using videos, pictures, as well as interactive exercises and input from experienced professionals.
Her only roadblock to achieving these goals right now is a lack of funds. Growing the website, Understanding Parrots, along with creating and developing A Library of Parrot Behavior is no small undertaking. It will require the help of many different people with different skill sets and cost money to make. But, trust me on this, it will be a huge contribution to parrot welfare that will benefit all of us. Whether you have pet birds at home, work in a shelter or zoo, or are behavior consultants working with clients, this will be a very valuable resource for you.
Will you join me in supporting Stephanie and help her help all of us wanting to learn more about how to create the best possible environment for the parrots that live in our homes?
Thank you for your support!