Patricia Sund is a Free-Lance Writer residing in Florida with her three African Greys. She has been published in About.com, Bird Talk Magazine, Birds USA, In Your Flock Magazine, Good Bird Magazine as well as numerous websites and newsletters. She is currently doing research for a book titled "Parrot Nation".
March 21, 2009 at 6:37 pm
From hundreds of miles away Patricia still thinks of us and we of her here at the Bird department of the Cincinnati Zoo. The question is when is her return? and return she must for her work is unfinished here. Our daily life is a work in progress and she is missing so much every day. Confucious answered when asked why he doesn’t visit the temple to honor his ancestors…” My prayer is everyday”. That is the Zoo.
March 21, 2009 at 7:28 pm
Just so you know, “SMalowski” is Steve Malowski: Manager of the Bird House at the Cincinnati Zoo. I worked there for the most amazing three weeks of my life. I was never more sore, more blistered, busted out, fatigued, flustered, or constantly wet and smelling like fish in my life. And I loved every minute. I’ve worked hard these many years, but this was work of grinding fatigue, ass-breaking hurt, and massive satisfaction. I didn’t make much of a dent in the work load when I was there; but I was proud when I saved the Bird House Crew 20 minutes in a day. Because that 20 minutes meant so much to the structure of the schedule. I’ll never forget it. And I will be back. I promise.
March 23, 2009 at 1:11 pm
I’ll have to admit, I love to cook. If I wasn’t an animal person over the past 30 some odd years I would have been a chef. If you love to cook you really love to cook for people that just aren’t hungry but appreciate food. The bird staff works so hard and does such a good job the only way that I can show my appreciation from time to time is to make them a simple meal. Sit, laugh and eat…then back to work. Admittedly, makes me feel good too and I think the birds get a ripple effect benefit from it as well. My parents did a good job raising me…that is a compliment to them and not me. Now I have to decide when and what the next lunch will be…when I get the time.