Past Projects

Wild Hyacinth Macaws Foraging

Parrot Relinquishment Survey

We are proud to announce that The Kaytee Avian Foundation Parrot Relinquishment survey is now complete. Please follow the link below to view the survey results in their entirety, including a summary by Dr. Susan Clubb. We again want to thank everyone who took the time to participate.

KAYTEE and the Kaytee Avian Foundation is committed to enhancing the pet bird owning experience. As a part of this commitment we are trying to ensure that new birds get off to the best possible start. With some of the data we collected, and the knowledge of Dr. Susan Clubb and Barbara Heidenreich, we will be publishing a comprehensive guide to bringing a new bird home. We hope that this informative guide will help new bird owners get a great start with their feathered companion, and ultimately to providing a loving, happy and stable home environment.

Survey Results

Please note the results are large and may take several minutes to download.

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Flying Wild Expanding Bird Education Nation Wide


Flying WILD was developed by the Council for Environmental Education to fulfill an educational need for a program about birds and their conservation. The two main activities suggested under this grant are start up costs for a new City Partner program. The other is EN, or Bird Education Net Work. To learn more about Flying WILD, check out their website at

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Seed and Feeder Preferences of Wild Birds in the US and Canada


The Wild Bird Feeding Industry Foundation has taken on an enormous task. A four year, comprehensive study utilizing hundreds of citizens scientist, (just like you and I!), in the US and Canada to learn more about one our favorite past time, wild bird feeding. Key questions to be addressed include:

  1. What are the seed preferences of birds that use feeders in the US and Canada?
  2. Are seed preferences of birds equivalent in different regions of the US and Canada?
  3. Are seed preferences equivalent at different times of the year?
  4. What are the feeder style preferences of birds in the US and Canada?
  5. Is there an interaction between a seed preferences and feeder preferences (e.g., When a particular type of seed is available, do birds go to feeders they normally would not visit)?

The exciting results are soon to be published in full in the Spring of 2009. Check for more information on their website at

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Seventeenth Annual Conference


The International Association of Avian Trainers and Educators is comprised of professionals working in the field conducting conservation or research projects, others are consultants wanting to educate pet owners on how to form better relationships with their birds. Many work in or consult with zoos or aquariums world wide. All seek to raise the bar in the standard of care and education and conservation for birds. KAF is helping to send someone to their annual conference.

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Establishing and Maintaining a Scientific Research Colony of Hispaniolan Amazon Parrots

LSU Foundation

The School of Veterinary Medicine does extensive avian research in the areas of infectious diseases, nutrition and clinical studies. Chalmydophila psittaci is the most important infectious disease associated with companion birds in the pet bird market, because of its infectious nature and zoonotic capabilities. The veterinary school believes that by proving that a 21-day treatment of Doxycycline and/or Azithromycin in companion avian species C. psittaci infections can be eliminated. The shorter period of treatment will provide some positive results such as: reducing the amount of unnecessary antibiotic treatment.

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