Long Island Parrot Society

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Long Island Parrot Society
P.O. Box 2754
North Babylon, NY  11703
(631) 957-1100
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Top 5 Ways YOU Can Participate in
Parrot Expo!

Parrot Expo

         

 

POST EXPO NOTES...

 

                When...?

October 11, 2014

Stay tuned for info about Parrot Expo 2014!  Info shown below is from 2013...

            Where...?

Freeport Recreation Center
130 Merrick Road
Freeport, Long Island, New York 11530
(See directions at end of page)


ADMISSION
Adults--$8.00
Seniors 60+--$3.00
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 2013! 

Presented by The Long Island Parrot Society, PARROT EXPO 2012 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.

 

 

Interested in being a vendor?

Click here to view and print out a 2013 Vendor Packet including Vendor Room Floor Plan!

Click here for the Vendor Room Floor Plan!

IMPORTANT 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.


2013 EXPO HIGHLIGHTS...

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MEET THE SPEAKERS...

 

Dr. Irene Pepperberg received her SB from MIT and MA and Ph.D. from Harvard. She is currently a Research Associate and Lecturer in the Department of Psychology at Harvard and an Adjunct Associate Professor at Brandeis University's Psychology Department. She has been a visiting associate professor at MIT's Media Lab, later accepting a research scientist position there, leaving a tenured professorship at the University of Arizona. She has been a Fellow at the Radcliffe Institute of Advanced Study, won a John Simon Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship, was an alternate for the Cattell Award for Psychology, won the 2000 Selby Fellowship (Australian Academy of Sciences), won the 2005 Frank Beach Award for best paper in comparative psychology, was nominated for the 2000 Weizmann, L'Oreal, and Grawemeyer Awards, the 2001 Quest Award (Animal Behavior Society) and was renominated for the 2001 L'Oreal Award. She has also received fellowships from the Harry Frank Guggenheim and Whitehall Foundations, and numerous grants from NSF.

Dr. Pepperberg's book, The Alex Studies, describing over 20 years of peer-reviewed experiments on grey parrots, received favorable mention from publications as diverse as the New York Times and Science. Her memoir, Alex & Me, was a New York Times bestseller and won a Christopher Award. She has presented her findings nationally and internationally at universities and scientific congresses, often as a keynote or plenary speaker, and has published numerous journal articles, reviews, and book chapters. She is a fellow of the Animal Behavior Society, the American Psychological Association, the American Psychological Society, the American Ornithologists' Union, AAAS, the Midwestern Psychological Society, the Eastern Psychological Association (where she is now also a board member), and presently serves as consulting editor for three journals and as associate editor for The Journal of Comparative Psychology. 
Lisa A Bono, ACPBC has been involved in aviculture over the past three and a half decades and has been a caregiver to numerous species of parrots during that time. In early 1990, Bono founded the Sussex County Exotic Bird Club in North Jersey, and shortly thereafter, acquired her first African grey parrot, a wild caught Timneh. Her life changed forever.  In the fall of 2000, Lisa obtained a baby Congo African grey parrot, which unbeknownst to her, was ill. During his short time on earth, Ms. Bono was thrown into a tumultuous learning curve. With the bird's passing, Lisa vowed to continue her avian education in order to ensure the best lives possible for African grey parrots everywhere.

Ms. Bono has fulfilled her educational aspirations over the past two decades, at veterinary and behavior conferences, LLP course: Living & Learning with Parrots and hands-on training seminars. She has been mentored by some of the most knowledgeable and well respected veterinarians, scientists, nutritionists and behavior consultants in the field of aviculture. Lisa has written or co- authored articles that have appeared in Bird Talk, Birds USA 2011, MyLifeBook, Birdchannel.com, In Your Flock and various bird club newsletters.

Ms Bono is an Associate Certified Parrot Behavior Consultant with the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants, specializing in the African grey parrot. She is a professional member of the International Association of Avian Trainers and Educators, member of the American Federation of Aviculture, volunteer for the Alex Foundation, guest behavior consultant on Africangreys.com and is the Vice President and on the Board of Directors for Parrots At Play, Inc. Lisa is the founder and owner of The Platinum Parrot, a specialty store in New Jersey which is devoted to parrots and the needs of their caregivers. Bono also joined the Association of Avian Veterinarians as an allied professional member in order to continue her education at a whole new level.

Lisa and her husband SFC George W. Bono, share their home with a flock of four African grey parrots- Emma Lynn 10, Sydney Bell 10, Abigail Grace 15 and Stirling 30. Harley, a double yellow headed Amazon 24, and Ollie a 13 year old white bellied caique also keep them on their toes.

Lisa's presentation at Parrot EXPO , Growing Up Grey, will to offer valuable and insightful advice specific to African grey parrots and common to many species!  Thanks to the dedication of Dr. Irene Pepperberg and many others, research has shown that African grey parrots are incredibly smart and sentient beings. Due to the grey parrot’s reputation, it is also one of the most   popular pet birds worldwide. In recent years, there have been a large number of grey parrots needing new homes later in life. Is this because people are not prepared to care for such a special species, or is it that the information out there has not been tailored to the grey parrot and we, in some way, have failed them?  With 36 years’ experience of living with different species of parrots and spending the past two decades  learning from and caring for the African grey parrot species, Lisa will share her insight to help the African grey community understand their companion grey parrot.  The presentation will cover how to raise a well-adjusted companion, thoughts behind phobias and fears, specific body language, personal research and experiences, when baby becomes his own bird, behavior, nutrition and health.

Heather Mattinson, LVT is employed as a licensed veterinary technician at Island Exotic Veterinary Care, home to Dr. Heidi Hoefer and Long Island’s only hospital dedicated exclusively to the care of avian and exotic companion pets. It was in 2003 through Dr. Hoefer that Heather obtained her first bird, Eleanor the mighty Moluccan Cockatoo. Heather’s presentation today, “Foraging for the Urban Parrot”, which was a great success at the 2011 Parrot EXPO, is largely based upon her personal experience as a novice bird owner thrust into the position of incorporating a troubled parrot into a human (& canine!) flock.

Heather has volunteered for multiple national and international spay/neuter relief efforts. She makes her home on Long Island with a Chihuahua named Cholo, a rescue from one such campaign in Mexico. Both she and the dog, and a Budgie named Bubba are currently being held hostage by Tango, a most opinionated African Grey!

 
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MEET THE AUTHORS...

 

MEET THE VET...

Island Exotic Veterinary Clinic, Heidi Hoefer, DVM, Dip. ABVP; Rina Maguire, BVSc and staff

Veterinary Center for Birds and Exotics, Laurie Hess, DVM, Dip. ABVP and staff

 (in the lobby, see schedule below for time)

*Great parrotphernalia in the huge VENDOR ROOM --
It's a "World's Fair" for exotic bird lovers

Spotlight on Vendors...

 
 

Avian Rescue Groups

*Birds!  Birds!  Birds!  All day long!!

Convenient location!
Plenty of free parking!
Snack bar on premises!
Restaurants nearby on Freeport's famous 'Nautical Mile'
ATM on site!

Visit our new Post-Expo Notes page for info, links and more!

Proceeds 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.

 

ATTENTION VISITORS!
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,
NO EXCEPTIONS!

 

PARROT EXPO SCHEDULE - 2013

KEEP CHECKING BACK FOR MORE INFO!  SCHEDULE WILL BE POSTED IN THE LOBBY THE DAY OF THE SHOW!
9:30am

Heather Mattinson, LVT, from Island Exotic Veterinary Care in Huntington Station, will kick off the day with Foraging for the Urban Parrot. This exciting presentation will stimulate your thinking about new and interesting ways to motivate your parrot to productively use its intellect and energy. Foraging is a natural and instinctive behavior that will enhance your parrot’s enjoyment of life. Heather will teach techniques for inexpensive and fun foraging activities that you can share with your own birds. Her creative ideas will inspire your subsequent visit(s) to our wonderful vendor room throughout the day.

11:00

Please welcome Dr. Irene Pepperberg, Ph.D., of the Alex Foundation and The Alex Studies for a 50-minute presentation on number competence (Alex’ final study) followed by a 10-minute Q&A session. So many parrot people around the world LOVE Dr. Pepperberg for her life’s work and 30-year relationship with Alex, the African grey parrot. Together they are responsible for ground-breaking research on cognition and communication. The model-rival learning method Dr. Pepperberg adapted for Alex has helped children with learning disabilities. The science they pioneered required careful adherence to protocol, and their discoveries changed our anthropomorphic concepts of language and thought. Yet the love between this parrot and his person was profound; shared in Alex’ own words, “Be good, see you tomorrow. I love you.” To paraphrase The New York Times writer Charles Siebert, “…Armed with our words, he opened our minds.” I think they opened our hearts as well.

12:30pm

Meet Lisa Bono, owner of the Platinum Parrot in Barnegat, NJ. Her presentation, Growing Up Grey, is sure to offer advice on how to raise a well-adjusted companion parrot, much of it specific to African grey parrots, yet common to many species! She will address phobias and fears, specific body language, behavior and health.

2:00

Enjoy Dr. Pepperberg’s 30-minute talk on African grey, Griffin’s new studies: Reciprocity and Reasoning by Exclusion, followed by an open Q&A session.

3:30

The EXPO speaker roster will conclude with a wonderful presentation by one of our outstanding avian veterinarians.

   
 
'Meet the Vet' Plaza participants:

Island Exotic Veterinary Clinic, Heidi Hoefer, DVM, Dip. ABVP; Rina Maguire, BVSc and staff; 10AM-4PM

Veterinary Center for Birds and Exotics, Laurie Hess, DVM, Dip. ABVP and staff; 2PM-5PM

*(Veterinary programs subject to change due to possible emergencies)

Vendors-to-date Include:
 
8 BEAKS
14 KARAT PARROT
ANIMALS AND THINGS INC./BIRD TOYS ETC.
AVIAN FASHIONS
BIRD BRAIN PARROTS
BIRDIE BITS 'n' BITES
BODACIOUS BIRDIE BAUBLES
BOREDOM BREAKERS BIRD TOYS
CREATIVE BIRD TOYS
DIANE'S BIRD TOYS
DOROTHY'S LAND OF OZ
JS BIRDS
KARIZMA BIRD SUPPLY
THE LEATHER ELVES
LJO LEATHER
NATURAL INSPIRATIONS PARROT CAGES
The PLATINUM PARROT
RED TAIL ART (Art by Jill)
SASSICAT AVIARY
SEEMORE GARDENS
WINGING IT AVIARY
ZUPREEM

NOTE:  Schedule is subject to change.

 


INTERESTED 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
Email us!

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Any Questions?


ball70.gif (523 bytes) DIRECTIONS TO THE FREEPORT RECREATION CENTER:

From 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 NYC/Manhattan: 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.


ball70.gif (523 bytes) COMMERCIAL ROUTES: (trucks and commercially registered vans)

Please consult 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'.

FROM POINTS 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.
FROM NEW ENGLAND:
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:

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The Freeport Inn & Marina
445 South Main Street
Freeport, NY 11530
(516) 623-9100

Special Rate: $145/night plus tax (Use Code Parrot Expo)
10 rooms blocked; must book before 9/10/13


Trailer Parking
NOT Pet Friendly


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Rockville Centre Inn (formerly Sunrise Executive Hotel)
415 Ocean Avenue
Rockville Centre, NY
(516) 593-1600


ball70.gif (523 bytes) Hampton Inn & Suites
125 Merrick Road
Rockville Centre, NY
516-599-1700

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Ramada Inn and Suites
1000 Sunrise Highway
Rockville Center, NY 11570
516 678 1100

Rate: $149/night plus tax (Use Code Long Island Parrot Society)
10 rooms blocked ; must book before 9/20/13

Trailer Parking
NOT Pet Friendly

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Best Western Mill River Manor
173 Sunrise Hwy
Rockville Centre, NY 11570
(516) 678-1300

Special Rate: $119/night plus tax--includes breakfast (Use Code LIPS)
12 rooms blocked; must book before 9/4/13

Trailer Parking
Pet Friendly


ball70.gif (523 bytes) Red Roof Inn
699 Dibblee Drive
Westbury, NY 11590
(516) 794-2555
NOTE: Exit M2W on the Meadowbrook Pkwy. Freeport Rec. Ctr. is M9W

All the above information subject to change; Prices shown are not guaranteed.