The Roaming Parrot is currently a group of three spunky women that believe we can do something to provide a service within the avian community. We are three very distinct, different woman, but we all share a love for the parrots that need our voice. We hope to be the difference in this crazy mis-understood community. We hope you will share our ride!
Please take a look and let us HEAR your thoughts. Many have inquired who we are what makes us qualified to start this mission? MY answer is we all have a love for these parrots. We want to work for a solution. Emily Trimnal https://www.facebook.com/emily.trimnal?fref=ts, http://caiquecrazy.com/, will be touring the U.S. visiting rescues, sanctuaries and parrot related stores, with a close friend by her side!
Janet Bray https://www.facebook.com/BirdbrainGifts and I will be working from the sidelines, helping her with this amazing journey!
Here is my story!
As a member of the “Parrot Loving Community”, one would think you would need nothing more than a passion for parrots in order to become an effective contributing member of this community. You’d imagine that you’d on need a driving need to help these birds, to care for them and to ensure a happy and fulfilled life for every bird in captivity.
You need the qualities noted above and much, much more. I am constantly learning that loving birds just isn’t enough. You have to find a way to make things work in a positive healthy way.
As a result of earning my Masters Degree in accounting, I’ve been an accountant, an adjunct professor and a Senior Vice President at a National Bank. I’ve always strived for a nice, tidy life where all the numbers add and fit in neat columns and rows. My proficiency in both PC and Mac computer systems, QuickBooks http://www.intuit.com/, public accounting and organization are available to the avian community. I care about giving back to the community and I have worked in numerous civics groups and charitable organizations ranging from Kiwanis, http://sites.kiwanis.org/kiwanis/en/home.aspx, to volunteering as a tax preparer through AARP, http://www.aarp.org/money/taxes/aarp_taxaide/.
When you’re working with parrots, a tidy life just doesn’t happen. Life gets messy and when you are working with parrots, it gets even messier when you add the “human” factor into the equation.
I always knew I had talent and a drive. I simply didn’t know how to channel it. It wasn’t until I discovered my love of aviculture, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aviculture, that I realized my abilities for organization, connecting people with a cause, and getting people excited about something could be put to work. A mid-life epiphany gave me a direction to channel my talents. Add to that my developing skills as a photographer roll it up in a ball, and that is who I am!
There’s something about finally finding where you fit that brings a deep sense of satisfaction. I managed to find that fit by being the dumbest person in the room. I am the first to admit that my “technical” knowledge and skills about aviculture are at the lower end of the curve.
I’ve learned, however, that if you surround yourself with talent, brilliance, genius and creative people, you’re going to learn something. You raise your level of knowledge at a very rapid clip. I learned a lot about the field in a very short period of time by doing just that. When I discovered a need in the avian community for my particular abilities, it was like coming home.
Upon discovering the gap in the avian community, I found a place where I could be a part of a change that mattered not only to me, but also to these incredible birds. Like many other people I entered the world of aviculture “sideways.” Unaware there were adoptable birds that needed homes, I purchased my umbrella cockatoo and blindly set out to become a good caregiver, not knowing there were many more people like me. People who weren’t aware that great birds could be found not only from reputable, proven breeders, but also through the world of rescue. When I discovered the need, I finally found what I should do.
I have always loved animals. I have had dogs and cats in my life since I was a child. As I learned and grew along with and side by side with my parrot, I saw there wasn’t the same public support and outcry for parrots needing homes, being abused, hoarded and neglected that exists for cats and dogs.
My capacity for connecting people and getting people to care about what I am so passionate about has served me well in the past. It is my desire that this same passion continue to serve such a needed cause. Being an effective person at working with these birds, their caregivers and the various parrot groups takes drive, intuition and a knack for connecting people with other people. It takes a passion for getting a job done the right way. And it takes an understanding of human nature. Essentially, it comes down to these parrots rescuing humans!
After years of flapping around I have believe that “just loving birds” simply isn’t enough. I am neither judge nor jury, I am simply out to connect the dots, make information available, and hopefully by doing so will be a part of something that is bigger than I, will outlive me, and maybe, just maybe make things better from some of these Parrots!
I also want to thank Robert Seymour for his incredible support, time and generosity! He created and donated the cartoon that will soon be seen all over the country http://birdbreath.com/!