Bladen County native, Alan Smith and his partner, Ces Erdman, would like to draw your attention to the Cape Fear Parrot Sanctuary that is blossoming in Pink Hill, NC. Erdman, who is the Director of the Sanctuary, rescues, rehabilitates, and cares for parrots that are unwanted, abused, neglected, or whose owners can no longer care for them. CFPS is committed to providing a permanent refuge and a lifelong, healthy habitat for these parrots.
The long-term vision of the Cape Fear Parrot Sanctuary is to build large-scale aviaries on land in southeastern North Carolina where parrots in residence can live out their natural lives in environments where they can fly and socialize with other birds.
Why do we need a sanctuary for parrots, you ask? Parrots are social animals, which live in flocks in their native habitats. Over millennia they have developed plumage and distinctive calls to attract others of their species, and they have elaborate family structures. Many of these birds mate for life, and they are an integral part of the ecosystems in which they live, but because of their beauty, they have been collected, bred, and traded for many thousands of years.
Today parrots are the fourth most popular pet in America, behind dogs, cats and freshwater fish. Consumers purchase these animals for various reasons:
· Companions for children
· Replace animals that they have lost
· To take up a hobby.
Sales of birds in the parrot family (macaws, Amazons, cockatiels, parakeets, and others in this 350 member family) skyrocketed in the United States after the passage in 1992 of the Wild Bird Conservation Act. The bill made it illegal to import most wild-caught parrots into the U.S. The result was good for conservation, but bird breeders quickly saw a financial opportunity, and “parrot mills” sprouted around the country. At peak production, over 750,000 parrots were born in these facilities and sold to pet stores and other markets every year.
The Cape Fear Parrot Sanctuary exists to address this problem. Large scale aviaries in southeastern North Carolina will be the best place for birds who have been “re-homed” numerous times and who are clearly not suitable for home environments. The CFPS sits on 6 acres in Pink Hill, NC, with hopes of expanding. In these conditions the parrots can fly, be outdoors, resume relationships with other members of their species, and live out their lives naturally. No other facility exists in North Carolina to support these animals.
“There are less than 10 Parrot sanctuaries in the entire country, so spectators from all over would likely flock to a sanctuary on the coast.” says Erdman. You can visit the website to learn more and see the amazing photos of more than 50 resident parrots. They even have a parrot that paints. http://www.capefearparrotsanctuary.org/ When you check out the website, be sure to look for Charlie, the Picasso of Parrots. There are many upcoming events where the public can meet and interact with the parrots.
Cape Fear Parrot Sanctuary will be open on January 10th from 11 AM – 4 PM at 331 Weston Road, Pink Hill, NC.
There will be a Parrot Party on January 24, 2015 from 6-8 PM at 6515 Old Fort Road, Wilmington, NC.
And don’t miss the “Feathers, Fur, & Friends” 2nd Annual Pet EXPO – Saturday, March 8, 2015 from 11 am -4pm at Wilmington Moose Lodge, located at 4610 Carolina Beach Road, Wilmington, NC, where you can enjoy Free Admission, Raffles, Music, Face Painting for Kids, Pet Adoptions, Exotic Parrot Display, and have your photo made with a parrot.
Feel free to call Ces Erdman at: 910-471-2186 or email at: firstname.lastname@example.org You can visit and ‘like’ their Facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/CapeFearParrotSanctuary/info?tab=page_info and read about the latest news stories here: http://coastalnc.twcnews.com/content/search/703064/wilmington-nonprofit-seeking-donations-to-build-aviaries/
The Cape Fear Parrot Sanctuary is a 501c3 non-profit, and is governed by a board of directors, which includes Ces Erdman as President; Vice President Dawn Willmann; Treasurer Terri Holland; Secretary Charlotte Almada; and Shannon MacKay