Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Thank You to Care2 Petitionsite!

I recently received the following email from the Care2 Petitionsite. Rescuing birds is never-ending and it can wear down even the strongest person because there never seems to be a light at the end of the tunnel...there will always be another bird that needs a home. So this email touched my heart at a time when it needed some mending. One can only imagine how much this meant to me. Thank you all so indescribably much!

To: Irena (and Snowball especially!),

This is a thank you. We created a petition on the Care2 web site to say thank you for your work and Snowball for raising human's consciousness.

Jean Linsavage
Janice Wharton

Petition: I think that sometimes a petition can just be a thank you. I just wanted to thank Irena and her site for helping and rescue birds. There are so many other links to Snowball the dancing Cockatoo on Youtube. Animals and humans are the same. That's all.

Please click on the following link to see the petition: http://www.thepetitionsite.com/1/this-is-a-thank-you

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Threatened Blackbirds Get a Chance to Hatch

The following link contains a story written by Cameron Bird in the "OCRegister" on May 5, 2009. Both federal and state fish and game code make it unlawful to destroy bird nests. Please keep this in mind if construction is scheduled in an area where you see bird nests full of eggs or baby birds.


Snowball in Bird Talk Magazine

Snowball's research will be discussed in an upcoming issue of Bird Talk Magazine. A research paper which debuted on April 30, 2009 in Current Biology made news around the world which inspired an interview with Dr. Aniruddh Patel, lead scientist, of the Neurosciences Institute in San Diego, California.

Irena Schulz was interviewed by Bird Talk Magazine for the June 2008 issue. Here is a link to that article. http://www.birdchannel.com/bird-exclusives/snowball.aspx

Sunday, May 3, 2009

Snowball Makes World News

Pictured: Dr. Aniruddh Patel (left) and Dr. John Iversen (right)
Snowball, the prodigal parrot, has once again hit the airwaves. But this time it's the science side of Snowball that has everyone talking. Music has always been believed to be unique to humans. Thanks to Snowball and the scientists at the Neurosciences Institute in San Diego, California led by Dr. Ani Patel, that theory no longer flies - pun intended.

Below are links to some articles regarding a paper which was released in Current Biology on April 30, 2009 entitled "Experimental Evidence for Synchronization to a Musical Beat in a nonhuman Animal" by Patel, Iversen, Bregman, and Schulz. You can find many more links by Googling "Snowball dancing cockatoo."