Upcoming Bird Events in the United States

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There are lots of great bird classes and events coming up soon, mainly in the South and the Midwest.

Parrot 101

Parrot University

Pineville, North Carolina

January 6

This class will start at 6:30, and will cover some of the basic parrot information that owners should learn, especially new ones. You should reserve a spot by stopping by Parrot University, or by calling 704.889.2325 or emailing [email protected]

Rolling Meadows Bird Fair and Sale

Rolling Meadows Community Center

Rolling Meadows, Illinois

January 9

This show will go on from 10:00 AM-3:00 PM, and costs $3 for ages 9 and up. It will hold all types of pet and breeder bird vendors, bird supply vendors, wild bird supplies, toys, accessories and more. Some of the birds they will have include Cockatiels, Canaries, Quaker Parrots, Conures and more. They will also sell some human apparel items, like t shirts and embroidered or specialized items. Everything will be discounted from retail price, so it’s a great place to stock up.

Clicker Training for Parrots

Grace Presbyterian Church

Springfield, Virginia

January 9

This is an introductory session on how to use Clicker Training with your parrot. It will tell you how it works, why it works, ways to start it and how to avoid common pitfalls. It will show you how to apply this form of training with your everyday interactions with your parrot. It will go on from 10:00 AM-12:00 noon. No previous experience is necessary.

Exotic Bird Fair and Sale

Egypt Shrine Center

Tampa, Florida

January 10

This show will take place from 9:00 AM-4:00 PM. It costs $5, but is free for children under 10. Parking is free, and there will be door prizes. This show will hold an assortment of exotic birds, toys, cages, food and more.

Ohio Bird Fair

Morse Banquet Conference Center

Columbus, Ohio

January 10

The Ohio Bird Fair has been occurring for over 10 years, serving the public with hand raised birds, feeds, cages and other supplies. This bird fair will go on from 10:00 AM-4:00 PM. It costs $3 for entry, but is free for children under 9.

Empower Your Parrot!

Asheville, North Carolina (location TBD)

January 16

This is a highly interactive class that will take place on Saturday morning, from 10:00 AM-12:00 noon that covers many aspects about how to effectively communicate with your parrot. The session will cover communication techniques, play fun games and show movies about how to improve your relationship with your bird.

Dog-Friendly Vacationing in Asheville, NC

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Asheville, North Carolina, is a wonderful college town in the Blue Ridge Mountains. It is the largest city in Western North Carolina, with about 80,000 inhabitants. This city has been named as the “most vegetarian-friendly” small city in the US by PETA, the “Happiest City for Women” by Self and one of “America’s Top 25 Arts Destinations” by American style. It is full of young people and nature, and many dog-friendly resources. It has a humid, subtropical climate, so is a good place for northerners to head this time of year!

Attractions

Asheville Urban Trail

This is an outdoor art museum that is also a 1.7 mile walk. It has 30 stops that mark Asheville’s history, as well as some beautiful architecture. It is an ongoing display of public art, put up by volunteers. This tour goes through the Guilded Age, the Frontier Period, the Times of Thomas Woolfe and more. You can get an audiocassette to do this tour, and bring your dog along on a leash. It is a great opportunity for some history and exercise!

Biltmore Estate

This is the extravagent estate of George Vanderbilt, one of the biggest homes in America. It covers four acres with 250 rooms, and the grounds stretch for 8,000 acres! Leashed dogs can go around the grounds but not in the buildings. It has a shopping center, wine, eateries, gardens, outdoor recreation and seasonal events.

Craggy Gardens

This is a beautiful place for nature-lovers. You can hike around the trails, and get 360 degree views of beautiful forested slopes. Dogs are allowed to accompany you on leash.

Chimney Rock Park

This is a park if you’re up for doing some hiking and catching some amazing views, or to check out the Hickory Nut Falls. There is also a 185 stair walk into a narrow passage. Probably one of the best spots to see the mountains.

Stores

Three Dawg Bakery

If you want to give your dog a treat after some fun hiking, head out to this spot. They offer natural cookies and snacks for dogs, as well as some practical stuff.

Outdoor Restaurants

Cats and Dawgs

This restaurant specializes in catfish sandwiches and hot dogs, hence the name. Dogs are allowed at outdoor tables.

Urban Burrito

This is a Mexican restaurant, that is great for meat eaters and vegetarians. Dogs are allowed at outdoor tables.

Posana Café

This restaurant serves espresso drinks, breakfast, cocktails, dessert, snacks, lunch, dinner and Sunday Brunch. They also have organic wine, as well as local/gluten-free beer. Check out their drink menu. Dogs are allowed at outdoor tables.