Speaking For Parrots

Parrots need your voice


I hate writing.  I love researching, and can always put off the writing by doing just a little more researching.  In my music theory classes, I always got some points off for my papers  being late.  Writing about music is hard, though, particularly if you’re not permitted to be subjective; however, it serves in making you an effective writer.  Yeah, the music is beautiful, but exactly what purpose is served by that Neapolitan sixth chord in the 64th measure?

I entered UCLA in the fall of 1993 a Junior in the Musicology department.  I thought I was going to be heading into a music-related career, and doing something I really loved.  And then, six months later Fred came into my life.  He was this African grey parrot who was rehomed to my friends two years prior.  When I would visit my friends, I would stand by Fred’s cage, and the two of us would stare at each other, seemingly wondering the same thing, “What the heck is that creature thinking?”

You know, we still do that to this day.

So, it’s a couple of decades later,  I look at the wealth of experience with parrots I’ve gained over this time, and feel very fortunate.  I’ve worked in retail, rescue, with breeders, and vets.  I’ve done hand-feeding, grooming, training and now work at an avian-exclusive veterinary practice which integrates holistic care with cutting edge conventional medicine.  I also rescue, rehab, and rehome African grey parrots.

Having been lucky enough to experience parrots in all these different ways also made me see the plight of parrots, wild and captive.  I’ve seen the badly abused and neglected, the mutilators and pickers, the sick, injured and dying, the malnourished, lonely, bored, neurotic and depressed.  These are the issues I’d like to touch on with this blog, and how we can make their lives better, as they make ours so much richer.


12 comments on “About

  1. Lisa Bono
    February 19, 2013

    I adore you. You have so much to teach us and I am proud to call you my friend!

    • Shari Mirojnick
      February 19, 2013

      You’re pretty awesome yourself.

  2. Rebecca
    February 20, 2013

    I agree. We are privileged that you’re willing to share your knowledge with us. I adore you too and I’ve never even met you. There’s a special person behind this website, and I hope people take the time to read every word.

    • Shari Mirojnick
      February 20, 2013

      You guys are great. Thanks for all the support you’ve both given me. It’s friends like you who help get me through the tough times.

  3. Valeria Morich
    August 29, 2014

    Finally some good writings about parrots, their welfare and rights! Love this!

    • Shari Mirojnick
      August 30, 2014

      Thank you, Valeria.

  4. April
    December 25, 2017

    So grateful to have stumbled across your blog this morning! Thank you for your amazing work! I shared my life with a cockatiel for 27 years and 6 months ago I took in a re-homed Goffin’s cockatoo. I am deeply passionate about parrot welfare and so appreciate having resources such as this to both expand my knowledge base and connect with others who share my passion. Many many thanks.

    • Shari Mirojnick
      December 25, 2017

      Thank you, and glad you found the blog. ❤

  5. mary
    May 17, 2018

    I just came across this site what an eye opener even though i have a parrot and belong to a group there is always new knowledge out there to learn thanks

    • Shari Mirojnick
      May 25, 2018

      Glad you found the blog.

  6. Alison Morgan
    May 24, 2018

    4 rescued, 3 rehomed parrots and a CAG adopted as an infant currently live with us. The Grey is 22 years old, and we started rescuing and rehoming pets right away (a “mean” Moluccan cockatoo, 3 years old and with a taste for alcohol and terror reactions at things from spray bottles to wine bottles and corks was purchased to the same time as we got the Grey.) There’s so much truth to what you say. I’d give anything if I could make all my birds wild-born and living wild. And it seems much harder for the cockatoos.

    • Shari Mirojnick
      May 25, 2018

      I agree. Either the cockatoos really do have it tougher adjusting, or they’re not shy about showing the unhappiness.

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