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Exotic birds available at adoption event

Dozens are available. Breeders and smokers need not apply.

By SANDEE DAVIES
Published February 25, 2007


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LARGO - Having an exotic bird for a pet isn't as easy as it sounds. Many new pet owners find their housemate's behavior uncontrollable and decide to give the bird away.

The epidemic of abused, neglected and unwanted companion birds stems from a general lack of knowledge of the commitment and care required for these complex, highly social, and intelligent creatures, said Denise Hosner, co-founder of the Safe Haven Avian Placement Services.

The haven fosters birds and provides rescue, education and permanent placement services for homeless companion birds.

Dozens of the haven's exotic birds - from parakeets to cockatoos and everything in between - will be available for adoption today during an event at the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.

"There are many misconceptions of birds as pets," Hosner said. "They are wild animals not like cats and dogs and their behavior in captivity is shaped by their wild instincts. The more you can learn about the way a bird lives in the wild, the more you will be able to understand them.

"They are caught between two worlds."

Education and understanding their true nature is key to a successful relationship, she said.

Potential adopters should be able to commit several hours a day to interact with the birds. The haven also will not place birds with breeders or in households where people smoke.

25 Today

Tell me a story: The Tampa Bay Storytellers Guild will host an old-fashioned story swap, 3-5 p.m., Park Station, 5851 Park Blvd., Pinellas Park. Family-friendly stories, real and fictional, should take about 10 minutes to tell. Free. Call 647-8057.

Music for a Sunday afternoon: Gulfport Pro Musica presents a musical program, 2 p.m., Hickman Theater, 5501 27th Ave. S, Gulfport. Free parking, concessions available. $10. Call 893-1070.

26 Monday

Puc Puggy's Travels in Florida: Actor and playwright J.D. Sutton portrays naturalist William Bartram as he explores Florida in 1775, 7:30 p.m., Chapel-By-The-Sea Community Church, 54 Bay Esplanade, Clearwater Beach. Free. Call 446-0430.

28 Wednesday

Holistic pet care seminar: Dr. Robin Cannizzaro discusses necessary vaccines, diet and nutrition for healthier pets, and non toxic flea prevention, 6:30 p.m., Azalea Recreation Center, 1600 72nd St. N, St. Petersburg. $5. Seating is limited. RSVP online at www.SPOTusa.org or call 545-3463.

Ironweed Film Club: Features socially-conscious, independent, documentary films, 8 p.m., Studio@620 620 First Ave, N, St. Petersburg. This month's program features two short films, Fair Trade: The Story and Interview with Amartya Sen, followed by the featured film, Black Gold, in which an Ethiopian coffee co-op manager seeks fair trade policies for his growers in the international coffee market. $5. Refreshments available. Call 895-6620.

2 Friday

My Fair Lady: Classic musical tale, 8 p.m., Largo Cultural Center, 105 Central Park Drive. Continues at 8 p.m., Thursdays-Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays through March 18. $15-$25. Call 587-6740.

Get Downtown: First Friday Street Party featuring the music of the On Que Players, 5:30-10 p.m., Central Avenue from Second to Third Streets. Proceeds from street beer and wine sales benefit Second Time Arounders Marching Band. Free. Call 393-3597.

Trisha Brown Dance Company: Postmodern, artistic dance movement, 8 p.m. Mahaffey Theater, 400 First St. S, St. Petersburg. $25-$45. Visit www.mahaffeytheater.com or call 892-5767.

3 Saturday

Westcoast MOPAR Show and swap meet: 18th annual event featuring muscle cars from different eras, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Today and Sunday, England Brothers Band Shell, 5121 81st Ave., Pinellas Park. Registration from 8 a.m.-noon to enter an automobile with $25 entrance fee. Benefits All Children's Hospital. Free to spectators. Call 584-1210 or check the Web at www.westcoastmopar.org.

A tribute to Harry James and the Andrews Sisters: Charly Raymond performs in this last concert in the Big Band Series, 6:30 p.m., the Coliseum. BYOB, snacks and set-ups available. $14 in advance and $16 at the door. Call 892-5202.

Special Olympics Area VI Summer Games: Track and field, soccer, volleyball, tennis, bocce and motor activities for people with intellectual disabilities, 6 a.m.-4 p.m., Lakewood High School, 1400 54th Ave. S, St. Petersburg. www.sopinellas.com or 462-1556.

Young Eagles Day: Youth and teens ages 8-17 are invited to take a flight with E.E.A. Chapter 47, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Albert Whitted Airport, 107 Eighth Ave. SE, St. Petersburg. Free. Call 822-1532 or visit www.awaps.org.

The Legendary Skrowaczewski: Conductor Stanislaw Skrowaczewski leads the Florida Orchestra, 8 p.m., Mahaffey Theater. $17-$52. Call 1-800-662-7286.

Migratory Bird Tour: 9 a.m., Florida Botanical Gardens, 12520 Ulmerton Road, Largo. Free registration required. Call 582-2673.

Treasure Bay open house: Free golf and tennis clinics for adults and juniors at Treasure Island Recreation Department Treasure Bay Golf and Tennis facility, 2-6 p.m., 10315 Paradise Boulevard, Treasure Island. Free play on the 9 hole, par 3 golf course and clay tennis courts; etc. Food and beverage concessions available plus more. Call 360-6062.

Spring lecture series: Dr. Daphne Rosenzweig of the Ringling School of Art and Design speaks on Asian Art History, 10 a.m., Museum of Fine Arts, 255 Beach Drive NE, St. Petersburg. Free with museum admission. Call 896-2667

4 Sunday

Boomerabilia: Exhibitors from across the southeast selling everything vintage that Baby Boomers remember from their childhood, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Coliseum, 535 Fourth Ave. N, St. Petersburg. $6, $3 under age two. Call 892-5202.

IF YOU GO

Exotic Bird Adoption Day

Where: Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, 9099 130th Ave. N, Largo.

When: Noon to 5 p.m. today.

Requirements: Anyone interested in adopting a bird should bring a completed application - download one at www.safehavenfl.org - along with proof of an appropriate sized travel carrier. For more information on the event call the SPCA at 586-3591.

[Last modified February 24, 2007, 20:53:49]


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