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Hudson Update

Hi everyone put some new pictures of conures and cockatiels. Keep an eye out for more to come.

Thanks to a group of wonderful volunteers we have made some great progress to the macaw flight and have brought another group of birds over to Hudson via their very large trucks and trailers.  We are hoping to move more birds and cages soon and can always use some extra help so give us a call if you have large trailers or trucks.

Remember we are always in need of volunteers especially at this time.  It takes us on average more then 5 hours just to feed the birds so whether you can build, clean, spray a water bottle and chat with a few birds, make some bird toys that they lovingly rip apart in 2.2 seconds or just come to support and help give a bottle of water to someone for their hard work,  we would love to see you.  None of this would be possible if it weren’t for all of you, your love and hard work for all these  wonderful birds.  Not only does volunteering feel good in your heart but its great excersise for the mind and body too!  Just seeing the birds brings and unconditional smile to your face as well as they love seeing!

Again, let us know if you are able to help us move some birds by sending us an email at birdmother@flabirdsanctuary.com with your number and we will give you a call back.


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Long-lived Birds: 7 Easy Dos and Don’ts for Planning for the Future

Some species of birds may outlive their owners by decades.  Have you made preparations for your bird’s care if something happens to you?

In parts By: Margaret Maffai
Tango loves living at FEBS!

Tango loves living at FEBS!

Birds are not only known for their intelligence, but also for their longevity. Amazons and African greys can live for more than 50 years in captivity. Macaws and cockatoos can live for up to 80 years! Owning a pet bird is no small commitment, but rather, one for a lifetime. Considering some species can live as long (or longer!) than some people, bird owners should be prepared for the possibility that their pet bird could outlive them. Have you taken steps to take care of your bird if something happens to you?

Here are 7 easy practical tips to consider:

Don’t Forget To Plan For The Short Term
Even if you have already taken care of your birds’ long-term future in your will or a trust or some other arrangement, your grieving birds will need someone to rely on for immediate care in the event of your death or temporary unexpected absence. You should have someone — a friend, family member or neighbor — whom you and your birds trust, who can take care of them for a few days, or even weeks, until your birds can be placed in their new forever home. You probably already have informal arrangements with friends and neighbors who help out from time to time, but it is a good idea to have a formal conversation with someone you will ask to take on this serious responsibility.

Do Leave Information About Your Bird In A Visible Place
You should keep written care instructions in an obvious, visible place. Make sure to include your veterinarian’s contact information! Consider also sending out important information about your bird or birds, including their biographical information (names, ages, genders), routines, diets, behavioral quirks, medical history, etc. in an email to a few trusted individuals so that if anything happens to your house or your documents, this information remains safe.

Do Consider Formal Estate Planning Instruments
Remember, even though 91 percent of pet owners consider their pets to be family members, pets are legally considered personal property, so they cannot directly inherit money or property the way that people can. However, you can still take care of your bird by careful estate planning. Although there are kits and websites to help you write your own will or set up a trust, it is usually best to at least talk to a lawyer to make sure that your instrument is valid and will hold up in court. This is especially true if you are leaving a significant amount of your estate to care for your bird and you expect that other family members may object. Your state bar association can refer you to attorneys in your area with experience in estate planning who can provide free or low cost consultations.

Don’t Let The Inheritance Of Your Bird Come As A Surprise
If you leave your bird as a surprise in your estate to someone who isn’t ready to become a bird caregiver, your bird might end up without the loving home you have provided for so long. You can take some steps now to make sure that love and stability continues for your bird after you pass. When choosing a permanent guardian or facility like Florida Exotic Bird Sanctuary,  remember to consider the important factors of health, trust and communication. You should pick a guardian in good health who you and your bird trust or a forever home like Florida Exotic Bird Sanctuary. If you should choose an individual you must communicate your decision to that person and make sure he or she understands the responsibility of becoming a bird owner and is willing to take it on for the rest of their life and understand that the bird could inevitably live longer then them.   This is where a facility like our forever home for your bird to Just Be A Bird, come in.  At FEBS, your bird will have a life long home and other birds their kind in big free flying avieries to be with.  If you think of a backup guardian, will they be able to take on the responsibility of caring for the bird and possibly having to make the same plans you are now making?

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Do Consider All Your Options
One way to care for your bird or birds is to leave them to a friend or family member in your will, as you would with any other personal property. You can also leave this person other assets, such as money, to provide for the care of your bird. At FEBS we have specialist who can help you with your wills and trusts for your bird for the rest of its life.  One downside of including your bird in your will is that it can take time for a will to be probated, so make sure you have someone who will take care of your bird until your estate can be distributed. Another downside is that when a person inherits your bird and assets by will, you cannot control what he/she does with them once the estate is closed.  If your bird comes to FEBS the assets willed to your loving pet, stays with your loving pet.

For many bird owners, there is an alternative. Most states permit the creation of a Pet Trust, which is a specific, enforceable, legal arrangement you set out during your lifetime to provide, in detail, for the care of your bird. According to the ASPCA, as of 2012, all but four states had adopted some form of Pet Trust legislation. However, states will differ in their laws and how they apply them, so do your research and consult an attorney to make sure your wishes are clear, and your Pet Trust is valid and enforceable.

A Pet Trust sets aside assets to be held in trust for the lifetime benefit of your bird as a beneficiary. A trust, unlike a will, can go into effect without the hassle of probate, and can even begin with your incapacity, rather than with your death, if that is how you set it up. A Pet Trust provides some assurance that the assets you set aside for your bird’s care will actually be spent on your pet. According to the Uniform Trust Code (UTC), a Pet Trust “may be enforced by a person appointed in the terms of the trust or, if no person is so appointed, by a person appointed by the court.” That is, there is someone designated, usually a professional trustee, who controls the purse strings.

However, as Melissa Bond, a Doylestown, Pa. attorney, observes, many clients still opt to leave their pets, and some assets to provide for their care, to a friend or family member in their wills.

As Bond explains, this is because “they already have someone in mind that they trust unconditionally. They believe their friend will make decisions that are more like their own wishes, especially when it comes to end of life decisions for their pet, as opposed to an institutional trustee that might make more institutional decisions about their pet’s care. They feel their friend will be more compassionate, but will be restricted in having to ask the trustee to approve the finances, and they don’t want their friend to be restricted in this way.”

Don’t Procrastinate
Particularly if you anticipate family members challenging your decisions later, it is best to do your estate planning while you are still healthy and of sound mind.

Do Review, Check And Double Check
Remember to review your arrangements with your attorney periodically to make sure they are still legally valid and that your current wishes are reflected. This is especially important if you move to a new state, as laws vary from state to state. As with any form of estate planning, the most important aspects of ensuring that your long-lived birds will be cared for after your death is to make your wishes known, talk about them with your friends and family, and know your legal rights and options.

Want to learn more about wills and trusts with Florida Exotic Bird Sanctuary please view our website or call 844-FLA-BIRD (844-352-2473) and we will be happy to help you.  Pass this on to anyone who has a bird, they will thank youOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

 


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Raising the Flight Round 2 Reminder!

Cockatiel flight cage

Cockatiel Flight Cage

This is a reminder that we have a great weekend planned for our second Raising the Flight event.  We would like to get started by 8am both Saturday November 22nd and Sunday November 23rd.  The address is 8933 Casper Avenue Hudson. If you haven’t done so already please send us a note if you will be able to come so we can plan accordingly for our food. The weather is suppose to be beautiful so bring your drills and bits and come enjoy the beautiful Florida outdoors!  We are so grateful for all our volunteers because if it wasn’t for your help none of this would be possible!


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Its A Flock Effort!

Todays blog is about a wonderful couple that came to us about 5 months ago with a beautiful girl that is Blue & Gold  Macaw named CrackerJack. They have had her as a family member since she was a chick and have loved and given their all to this bird for 17 years. Unfortunately, CrackerJack has a syndrome called neurotic feather plucking, which John and Kathleen accepted over the years and actually took Crackers to parks, on walks where many people knew of this bird. The condition was not life threatening but still weighs heavily on the parents of the bird. Last year Cracker Jack plucked her beautiful long tail feathers completely off and then as the new quills started coming in she would pluck those and that resulted in bleeding. Human psychiatric drugs were given as a very last resort, but crackers parents did not like to see their precious, funny, outgoing bird sit there all day long drugged. They researched sanctuary possibilities and came to visit FEBS in Florida. No promises were given that we could turn this behavior around but John and Kathleen would try anything at this point as now this was a life threatening situation for Crackers.
We are happy to say that after introducing Crackers to the flock of Macaws she is leaving her new tail feathers alone and we are very positive about her future. Crackers parents have played a key role in the building of a new special needs flight cage for Crackers and other birds like her.   We look forward to the day that we will have that up and the other feather plucked Macaws can one day also fly and “Just Be a Bird”

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Crackers and Buddy

John and Kathleen live out of state but have visited every couple months to volunteer. They come and sing and play the guitar to the birds but us humans get to enjoy the benefits from it also! 


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Its A Flock Effort!

Todays blog is about a wonderful couple that came to us about 5 months ago with a beautiful girl that is Blue & Gold  Macaw named CrackerJack. They have had her as a family member since she was a chick and have loved and given their all to this bird for 17 years. Unfortunately, CrackerJack has a syndrome called neurotic feather plucking, which John and Kathleen accepted over the years and actually took Crackers to parks, on walks where many people knew of this bird. The condition was not life threatening but still weighs heavily on the parents of the bird. Last year Cracker Jack plucked her beautiful long tail feathers completely off and then as the new quills started coming in she would pluck those and that resulted in bleeding. Human psychiatric drugs were given as a very last resort, but crackers parents did not like to see their precious, funny, outgoing bird sit there all day long drugged. They researched sanctuary possibilities and came to visit FEBS in Florida. No promises were given that we could turn this behavior around but John and Kathleen would try anything at this point as now this was a life threatening situation for Crackers.
We are happy to say that after introducing Crackers to the flock of Macaws she is leaving her new tail feathers alone and we are very positive about her future. Crackers parents have played a key role in the building of a new special needs flight cage for Crackers and other birds like her.   We look forward to the day that we will have that up and the other feather plucked Macaws can one day also fly and “Just Be a Bird”

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Crackers and Buddy

John and Kathleen live out of state but have visited every couple months to volunteer. They come and sing and play the guitar to the birds but us humans get to enjoy the benefits from it also! 


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REMINDER Man Power Needed to Raise the Flight Cages!

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAHappy Tuesday everyone, sending out a reminder that this is the big weekend to raise a couple flight cages and plant some flowers at our new Hudson property.  This is also a great opportunity for everyone to see the progress and meet one another! Here is the google map of the property to get you there.  Items needed that would be helpful are cordless drills, bits for phillips and flat screws. We are  also  in need of  shovels, spades, and maybe if you have your favorite gardening tools and work gloves as that will help also.  We will be serving lunch and dinner both days, BBQ style (hotdogs, hamburgers, chicken and pulled pork) with drinks and some sides.  If you have a favorite food you would like to share please feel free to bring it along.   We are looking forward to seeing everyone bright and early Saturday morning as we are hoping to get started around 7am! Thank you all so much in advance!!!!! Should be a great time!


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Man Power Needed to Raise the Flight Cages!

FLIGHT
Good Morning Everyone, we are asking for anyone that is able and interested in helping us raise the 80 Foot Macaw flight and the 40 Foot Cockatiel flight to please join us the last weekend in September which is, September 27th and 28th (either day or both ).  We will supply the energy (food and drinks) if you supply the MAN POWER!   We have all the materials on site and a boom truck that is being offered by Morris Williams for the weekend, however if you have an extra drill please bring that along with flat and phillips head bits. Jeff Piekarski has designed and engineered the flight so we wont have to waste valuable time figuring it all out. The ladies that come can help Pat with feeding everyone and maybe doing some planting of flowers at the front entrance! If you have some time to dedicate to this project, please email Pat directly and confirm so we have enough food for all!  Here is the address for the Hudson Property at  8933 Casper Ave Hudson Fl.  We would like you to be at the property around 7am Saturday. If your able and willing to stay over for Sunday, we have accommodations on the property for overnight.
Looking forward to seeing our local supporters out there!
flight cage being built

Macaw Flight

cockateil flight

Cockatiel Flight