Today’s blog is about how sometimes problems left unsolved can take their own positive course—especially when our Bird Mother is involved.
After the wind and rain had passed, it was clear that palms, and a host of other canopy trees, had taken the full force of Irma throughout Pasco county—which is home to our sanctuary life reimagined. Massive piles of palm trunks and scattered fronds appeared road side caused by the inevitable delays of municipalities overwhelmed with picking up inordinate quantities of cubic yards of debris.
But, this is not a blog about municipal logistical challenges, it is instead about how our parrot residents benefited from what many were calling a frustrating mess of downed trees. For about a week, as our Bird Mother made her daily drive to the sanctuary, she kept a keen eye out for bottle palm fronds and other such munchable delights as foraging additions to our flight cages and aviaries.
She would show up with smaller pieces carefully placed in her backseat and hatchback and dispatch a staff member in a truck with pickup coordinates of the larger ones. In true team work fashion, as the foraging materials arrived, the FEBS team transformed them into edible paths of healthy treats for the birds to explore.
As a general practice, foraging for food is a big part of a wilds parrot’s day as seed is not conveniently delivered by designated food humans. FEBS practice of introducing foraging materials into flight cages and aviaries allows our parrots to rely on natural instincts and behavior, which in turn alleviates frustration and boredom, while promoting healthy behavior and weight.
Thank you to our Bird Mother and the FEBS team for delivering yet another aspect of sanctuary life reimagined that allows our parrots to mimic a natural environmental behavior.