130 Merrick Road
Freeport, Long Island, New York 11530
directions at end of page)
Children under 12--$2.00
Children under 2--FREE
Lots of free parking; convenient to parkways and LIRR.
More info: 631-957-1100
It's a "World's Fair" for pet bird lovers!
If you share your home with a parrot,
lovebird, macaw, cockatiel, budgie or other pet bird, you'll find birdbrains
just like you at:
The Long Island Parrot Society's
Parrot Expo 2014!
Presented by The Long Island
Parrot Society, PARROT EXPO 2014 will be an all-day extravaganza of colorful exotic
birds, interactive displays, scheduled demonstrations and workshops and a
fabulous array of 'parrotphernalia' on sale in the huge vendor room.
The opulent VENDOR ROOM is a great place to do
your ‘Pollyday’ shopping… for your favorite birds and humans too!
The raffle lobby is always a big attraction; cages and accessories, bird food,
toys and accessories dominate the laden tables, while the gorgeous gift baskets
always garner raves from winners…that could be you! The education center
is a ‘don’t miss’ destination of the day, with live birds and lots of
volunteers to answer your questions.
NEW for 2014!
Half hour species-specific programs and
Interested in being a vendor?
Click to view and print the 2014 Vendor Packet
& Floor Plan!--->
EXPO Vendor Packet
Click to view and print the
Vendor Room Floor Plan only!--->
2014 EXPO Vendor Floor Plan
NOTE TO VENDORS:
The Freeport Recreation Center will no longer permit the Long Island
Parrot Society or vendors to borrow/use their flatbed dollies for loading and
unloading supplies and merchandise.
Please bring YOUR OWN hand truck or
dolly to the event. We apologize for the inconvenience.
2014 EXPO HIGHLIGHTS...
is the owner of
The Leather Elves which started as a family business creating enrichment for
companion parrots. After working with several facilities that housed
collections of parrots Robin realized that there was a need for enrichment
targeting other species. Since then Robin has consulted at zoos in the US,
Canada, Holland, and New Zealand and distributes enrichment products worldwide.
spoken at numerous parrot clubs and conducted workshops that help companion bird
owners and aviculturists create a stimulating captive environment. She has
published articles on enrichment in national and international publications.
a board member and president-elect of International Association of Avian
Trainers and Educators and she chairs their enrichment committee. She is also
serves on the board of National Parrot Rescue and Preservation Foundation. In
addition, Robin is a commercial member of the American Federation of Aviculture
and the Massachusetts State Coordinator for AFA.
Special appearance by YouTube sensation, 'Disco', the Parakeet!
Disco, a budgerigar (that’s “parakeet” to most of us in the US;
budgie to everyone else in the English-speaking world), hatched in May,
2010, and joined his family at the age of four months. Disco began
mimicking his three chatty humans three weeks later, and he hasn’t
stopped since! In addition to talking, Disco meows, woofs, snores, and
beat boxes. He’s known for quoting the Rolling Stones and Monty Python,
and recently claimed he used to be a spy. Always a bird of the world,
Disco has learned phrases in Spanish, Yiddish, German, French, Finnish,
and Swedish, and he’s not done yet.
semi-viral on YouTube in May of 2012, and then closer to
‘sure-seems-viral’ in May of 2013. His video was shown on the Today
Show, prompting one of the hosts and a guest to question whether the
video had been faked, and we were invited to appear on the show with
Disco that same week.
very active on “his” social media accounts, and, with the exception of
YouTube, all posts, comments, and replies are in his voice.
recently filmed for an innovative documentary series with Disco giving a
view of our world from his perspective. The series – which is still
under wraps at this time - is destined for transmission on prime time TV
on both sides of the Atlantic.!
Island Parrot Society is privileged to welcome Disco, in his very first
local appearance, to Parrot EXPO this October!
Laura Wade is a board-certified
bird specialist by the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners (ABVP) and
completed a residency in avian and exotic pets. She provides comprehensive
primary healthcare and progressive referral medical, surgical and behavioral
services for your companion bird, small mammal or reptile. Dr. Wade lives in a
suburb of Buffalo, New York with her two Meyer's parrots, "Kelly" and “Pepper”
and Cape parrot, “Zuri”.
Dr. Wade's presentation will cover the following topics:
Traumatic Beak Injuries and Acrylic Repair (the “Beak
Beak injuries are common in parrots, and can occur from
collisions, bites from other parrots and even impalements during exploration and
play. As the beak is highly sensitive and important for feeding, climbing and
grooming, severe damage to the beak can be life-threatening. We’ll cover normal
anatomy of the psittacine beak and show examples of diseased beaks. In addition,
several cases of successful stabilization of severe beak fractures using an
acrylic “beak helmet” will be presented.
Moldy Stomach (a Review of Avian Gastric Yeast
Anyone remember Megabacteria? Well, we’ve learned that
this organism is really a fungus that lives in the stomach of birds and has now
been named Macrorhabdus ornithogaster, also known as Avian Gastric Yeast.
Infections are common in our smaller parrots. We’ll cover the basics of this
disease and how we go about properly diagnosing and treating this potentially
grew up in Texas where his family owns and operates Gattis Cattle Company L.L.C.
in Williamson County. His early introduction to animals engendered a passion
that has lasted a lifetime, from 4H projects to working at exotic animal parks
and zoos and showing horses and playing polo.
Mr. Gattis served as Deputy Chief of Staff for the
House Committee on Agriculture where he was instrumental in negotiating multiple
Farm Bills throughout his tenure. He is CEO of Gattis Consulting, LLC located
in Virginia and currently serves as Second Vice President of the American
Federation of Aviculture. Mr. Gattis works with United States Fish and Wildlife,
USDA, and other governmental agencies to ensure that all aspects of animal
ownership are represented fairly and justly.
Many thanks to Charlie Gonder of Winging It Aviary for sponsoring
Mr. Gattis’ trip to Parrot EXPO.
D'Amico is a member of the Long Island Parrot Society and will be giving a
presentation on Conures with her two birds, Kiwi and Lola. She is
currently a graduate student at Stony Brook University and has written a few
articles for the LIPS monthly newsletter. Jessica has lived with birds her whole
life and is planning to become more involved with outreach efforts after
graduate school. She is very excited to teach people about parrots and to share
the experience she has had with her two Pyrrhura Conures.
MEET THE VET...
Dr. Laurie Hess, DVM, Dip. ABVP, graduated summa cum laude, Phi Beta
Kappa from Yale University and received her veterinary medical degree from
Tufts. She completed an internship and two-year residency at The Animal Medical
Center in New York City and during her eight-year tenure there, was the head of
the center’s Avian and Exotic Pet Service.
Dr. Hess is the owner and founder of the Veterinary Center
for Birds & Exotics in Bedford Hills, NY—the only all-bird and exotic animal
hospital in Westchester County, NY and the surrounding area.
Learn more at
Dr. Laurie Hess & Staff at Parrot EXPO 2013
Dr. Charles Greco and staff; Animal Medical Hospital of Centereach
Dr. Heidi Hoefer and staff, Island Exotic Veterinary Care
*Great parrotphernalia in the huge
It's a "World's Fair" for exotic bird lovers
Avian Rescue Groups
*Birds! Birds! Birds! All day long!!
Plenty of free parking!
Snack bar on premises!
Restaurants nearby on Freeport's famous 'Nautical Mile'
ATM on site!
page for info, links and more!
from PARROT EXPO will help fund LIPS' educational programs, our
foster and adoption efforts and the Future Long Island Parrot Museum,
Shelter and Learning Center. Money raised at EXPO will also enable
us to donate to avian conservation efforts, medical research and other
worthy bird-related causes.
Please leave your
feathered friend home!
We do not have any bird sitting facilities. Birds of our WORKING volunteers will be the ONLY birds allowed in. All these
birds will be checked by our expo veterinarian.
ABSOLUTELY NO PETS PERMITTED,
IN BEING A VENDOR AT A FUTURE LIPS EVENT?
Hit Your Target Market!
Contact us for information on booth
spaces, pricing, donations & sponsor levels.
INTERESTED IN EDUCATION?
ASK US ABOUT PARROT UNIVERSITY
OUR TRAVELING, TEAM TAUGHT, ONE-TIME OR SEMINAR STYLE CLASSES.
Call the Parrot Phone Today! (631) 957-1100
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Reach your target market!
Prices are reasonable
THE FREEPORT RECREATION CENTER:
Verrazano Bridge: Belt Parkway East (Long Island) to Southern State East, take exit 22S,
Meadowbrook Parkway South to Exit M9 West Merrick Road. At the fourth light make a left
turn into the Rec. Center parking lot.
From G.W. Bridge: Cross Bronx Expressway to
either the Whitestone Bridge or Throgs Neck Bridge to Cross Island Parkway to Southern
State East, take Exit 22S, Meadowbrook Parkway South to Exit M9 West Merrick Road, at the
fourth light make a left turn into Rec. Center parking lot.
From New England: Throgs Neck Bridge to Cross
Island Parkway to Southern State east, take Exit 22S, Meadowbrook Parkway South to Exit M9
West Merrick Road, at the fourth light make a left turn into Rec. Center parking lot.
From Eastern Long Island: Southern Parkway West to
Meadowbrook Parkway South to Exit M9 West Merrick Road, at the fourth light make a left
turn into Rec. Center parking lot.
From Meadowbrook Parkway: Take Exit 22S, Meadowbrook
Parkway South to Exit M9 West Merrick Road, at the fourth light make a left turn into Rec.
Center parking lot.
By Train from
Take Long Island Railroad (718-794-LIRR) to Freeport Station. Exit towards back of train
on Henry Street, it becomes Main Street. Turn left on Merrick Road and walk two blocks.
Recreation Center will be on your right.
(trucks and commercially registered vans)
maps, Mapquest.com and use your GPS for clarification, additional
routes and information. Tune in to 1010AM on your radio when within
range for traffic updates.
Trucks and Commercial Vehicles are NOT permitted on Parkways.
Use 'Expressways' and 'Highways'.
WEST AND NORTHERN NJ:
George Washington Bridge to Cross Bronx Expressway; over Throgs Neck Bridge
to 295- Clearview Expressway (do NOT get onto Cross Island Parkway) Take
Clearview (Rt. 295) to Long Island Expressway (I-495) eastbound and then
take exit 44S (Rt. 135 Seaford Oyster Bay Expwy) south to Merrick Road,
west. You will cross over the Meadowbrook Parkway. Rec. Center is at 4th
traffic light on the left.
US 95 South to Rt. I-695 S via exit 7A to Rt. 295 to Long Island/Throgs
Neck Bridge and down the Clearview Expressway(295) (do NOT get
onto Cross Island Parkway) Take Clearview to LIE (I-495) East to
exit 44S (Rt. 135 Seaford Oyster Bay Expwy) south to Merrick Road,
west. You will cross over the Meadowbrook Parkway. Freeport Rec
Center is at 4th traffic light on the left. Trucks are not
permitted on Parkways. Use 'Expressways' and 'Highways'.
FROM STATEN ISLAND AND POINTS SOUTH:
Take Staten Island Expressway over the Verrazano Bridge and onto the
Brooklyn/Queens Expressway,(I-278) east toward Brooklyn.
Do NOT get onto Belt Parkway.
Take the I-495/L I Expwy EXIT 35, toward Midtown
Tunnel/Eastern L I/48 St. and merge onto I-495E via exit 35E toward
Eastern Long Island. Travel east to exit 44S, (Rt.
135 South -Seaford Oyster Bay Expwy) south to Merrick Road, west.
You will cross over the Meadowbrook Parkway. Freeport Rec Center at
4th traffic light on the left.
CONVENIENT ACCOMMODATIONS: 2014 EXPO
*Blocks of rooms have been set
up at the following hotels — check in 10/10/14;
check out 10/12/14.
*Best Western Mill River
173 Sunrise Highway
Rockville Center, NY 11570
516 678 1300
Special Rate: $119/night
plus tax--includes breakfast
(Use Code LIPS)
10 rooms blocked to be
NOT Pet Friendly
*Ramada Inn and Suites
1000 Sunrise Highway
Rockville Center, NY
516 678 1100
Rate: $129/night plus
tax (Use Code Long
Island Parrot Society)
10 rooms blocked to be
NOT Pet Friendly
*The Freeport Inn & Marina
445 South Main Street
Freeport, NY 11520
516 623 9100
Special Rate: $145/night
plus tax (Use Code Parrot
10 rooms blocked to be
NOT Pet Friendly
Rockville Centre Inn (formerly Sunrise
415 Ocean Avenue
Rockville Centre, NY
Inn & Suites
125 Merrick Road
Rockville Centre, NY
699 Dibblee Drive
Westbury, NY 11590
NOTE: Exit M2W on the Meadowbrook Pkwy. Freeport Rec.
Ctr. is M9W
HERE FOR A LIST OF PET FRIENDLY HOTELS ON LONG ISLAND
All the above information
subject to change; Prices shown are not guaranteed.