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Ann Arbor Miller, Published January 26 2009

In View: Birds of a Feather

Talk about your birds of a feather.

Twenty-some parrots and 30-some people flocked to the lower level of a Moorhead church on a recent Sunday afternoon.

Diane Clark with Annie, a scarlet macaw, left, and Candi Willey with Molly, a Congo African gray, were among those who attended the avian-friendly gathering.

“I’ll start talking about my birds to so many people and their eyes glaze over, but not here,” said Clark, of Fargo.

The gatherings are held roughly once a month in the fellowship hall of First Congregational United Church of Christ. It’s an opportunity for parrot enthusiasts to share tips about behavior and care.

The get-togethers also serve as the official meetings of the Center for Avian Adoption, Rescue and Education and its 125 member families.

C.A.A.R.E. volunteers find permanent homes and provide foster care for unwanted parrots.

The nonprofit organization got its start as the Red River Valley Pet Bird Club.

Last year, the organization found new homes for more than 100 parrots.

Like many C.A.A.R.E members, Willey has adopted a parrot.

“Sometimes the birds kind of choose their people, and (Molly) chose me,” said Willey, who has several other birds in her Fargo home.

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