About Me

I live in Zimmerman, Minnesota with my husband, Jerry.  We moved to Zimmerman in September of 2011 from Eagle River, Alaska.  Jerry and I spent over 30 years in Alaska.  We both worked for the Alaska Radar Warning System (ARWS) project.  I worked on the sites and spent a good deal of time in some pretty remote places.  I started out as a weather observer and later a quality control inspector.  Jerry maintained the computer network for the ARWS project.

We are both retired now and living happily in Zimmerman.  We share our home with 2 dogs and 6 parrots.  Our children are grown with grown children of their own and we have 1 great-grandaughter.   My mother moved up from Georgia to live with us and she loves the big garden.  We live on 3 acres and love that in Minnesota we can have a large garden and grow a variety of vegetables we couldn’t grow in Alaska.  We can also have a large aviary attached to the house for the birds.  We had a small one off the back porch in Eagle River, but it was technically against the HOA rules of the neighborhood.  Our first criteria for finding a new house in Minnesota was that it not have a homeowners association.

We will be building our aviary this spring and I plan to document the entire process with video to be shown here at this blog.

My hobbies and interests have mainly been cooking, gardening, crocheting, and sewing.  But ever since the first parrot entered the house, my focus has been on parrot enrichment.  I believe I have a talent for coming up with ideas for enrichment and using photos and video clips to enlighten, motivate and inspire all of us who are looking for ways to enrich the captive parrot environment.  I am happy to share those ideas with all of you at www.ParrotEnrichment.com and at this blog.


5 Responses to About Me

  1. Joe Berry says:

    we look forward to seeing your aviary as we would like to build an outdoor one also.

  2. Welcome to “Blogville!” Good to see it Kris and looking forward to more brilliance and insight! Can’t wait to see what you cook up.

    • Anneka says:

      Hello Kris,
      have you ever thought about writing about your life when you were living in Alaska? I’d like to visit that remote state one day.

      • Kris Porter says:

        Hi Anneka,

        I haven’t had that strong desire to write about life in Alaska like I have had to write about parrot enrichment. But it was a very interesting 30 years, especially because I had the chance to work in some very remote places. I hope you get a chance to visit Alaska soon – it is a beautiful state.

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