I watched the PBS Nature Series documentary film Parrot Confidential on Netflix in January 2015. I cried through most of it and found my heart leaping into action. At that time, I had Claire for two years and she had become the heartbeat outside my body, my strength and my reason to take better care of myself.
The following year, a client’s wife impressed upon me that I should visit a bird shop called “Menagerie” in Summerland, CA, about a half hour from Ventura.
The first Saturday of February 2016, I was out for a drive with Claire looking for new opportunities and future homes. I decided to explore Summerland and came across a sign with a picture of Black Palm Cockatoo that caught my eye. I realized this was the bird shop that Hilary told me about.
As Claire and I opened the front door, I realized we were in Santa Barbara Bird Sanctuary, the place I had been dreaming about for the past year. Claire was elated to be in such a beautiful tropical setting with so many potential birdie friends. I tried to hold back my happy tears on a quick tour with warm and friendly introductions, as well as an invitation to attend their Sunday Birdie Bagel Brunch the following day.
At the Bagel Brunch, I met Jamie from Parrot Confidential. We danced with the birds to a live Parrothead Concert by Unkle Monkey. Within a week I was doing everything from social media, newsletter writing, grant writing, correspondence, photo editing, parrot socialization, program development, administration, treasury accounting, outreach and held a seat on the Board of Directors.
It was an amazing 20 months and it all started with the PBS Nature Series documentary film Parrot Confidential.