I went with my friend, George Sommers, author of I SAW WILD PARROTS IN NEW YORK CITY!, Yellow Bird, and Papita to The Parrot Society of New England’s “Spring Is In The Air” Bird Behavior and Toy Rehab Seminar in Manchester, NH. The workshop by Robin Shewokis and Concetta DellaRocco Ferragamo included parrot care, training, Q&A, and a mock training session I was volunteered into as the “trainer” of another woman as the “parrot”. In attendance were many beautiful parrots and people including the talented artist, Jill Casteel, with her beautiful artwork. I took a few photos with my camera until the battery died and more with my cell phone which I will “upload” later. The macaw below would fluff it’s wings every time I said, “You’re so pretty.” Afterwards we watched a fun DVD that came with the book, Snowball The Dancing Cockatoo, on his portable DVD player on the lawn while Yellow Bird and Papita chirped contentedly together in their love nest.

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Apparently the natural habitat of these lovely exotic animals and their human friends is being rapidly destroyed by “Big-Agri-Biz” to graze cattle which seems an inefficient, uneconomical, and unsustainable use of natural resources because the Amazon Rainforest produces most of the oxygen we need and fruits, veggies, and seeds contain all the nutrients we need including carbohydrates, essential amino acids, essential fatty acids, vitamins, minerals, antioxidants (prevent and reverse cancer), fiber, enzymes, and phyto-nutrients to build natural wellness and prevent costly health care crisis. See Earth and Thank you.

Wild Rose Salad

My date told me that my skin smelled like a rose. I sniffed my wrist and was very surprised that it really did smell like a rose! I do not wear perfume; so, I wondered how could my skin smell like a rose? Since the saying goes, “You are what you eat.”; I wondered if it was because I ate yummy wild roses during the summer as in my photo of my Wild Dandelion & Wild Rose Salad with orange and avocado. It was very satisfying because edible wild plant foods are nutrient dense. To identify edible wild plant foods, I use the book, Edible Wild Plants: A North American Field Guide to Over 200 Natural Foods, by Thomas Elias and Peter Dykeman. It has beautiful photos and descriptions of over 200 edible wild plants which are free to enjoy! It also tells of any “poisonous look-a-likes” to watch out for.

Wild Dandelion & Wild Rose Salad