The Oasis periodically issues an Oasis Newsletter via snail mail to our membership. At times we will publish a particular article online based on relevance and appeal. This is entirely separate from our eNews publications which are strictly online emails to everyone who signs up for our eNews list. There is no cost involved, and anyone wishing to receive our eNews needs only click the link on the bottom of the page and enter the information requested.
While our Newsletters are a benefit of membership, and to read them in their entirety we urge you to become a member so that you can receive them as they are published, we want to share a few articles from past Newsletters with you here.
Like most people in the old days (pre 1980) I saw a beautiful parrot in a pet shop. I took her home knowing nothing about birds, what they eat or their needs. I was sold a bag of seeds and some grit. One day a few months later I went to the pet shop to buy seed with Peachy on my shoulder. Lo and behold there was another Amazon of the same species in the store. She took one look at this bird, flew off my shoulder and threw herself at the other bird. They started to scream and chatter with sounds I had never heard before. I bought the bird and took them home together. They have been together ever since, some 27 years later. They had a baby in 1980. I had never heard of hand feeding so the baby stayed with mom and dad until he fell out of the nail keg. He fledged in the kitchen and we had a family of three.
The Oasis Sanctuary is one of a handful of “true” sanctuaries in the country – a place where birds find refuge for the rest of their lives. As a true Sanctuary, The Oasis does not adopt out, breed or sell any of the birds that we care for. Typically, the birds we take in are not suitable to be companions in people’s homes. However, once in a while The Oasis accepts a bird who would have loved to be pampered in someone’s home… but nobody wanted her/him, and the bird has run out of time....
By Eileen D Cowles
I had heard about “The Sanctuary” in Arizona about seven years ago when I was a beginning volunteer for a local parrot rescue organization in Southern California. When I started fostering, I already had four parrots of my own, two Cockatiels, a Conure, and a White Winged Parakeet. Soon after becoming involved with rescue and rehabilitation, I heard Sybil Erden speak at a conference here in San Diego. “The Sanctuary” I had heard about was the Oasis.