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BIRD FAIRS dot ORG
BIRD FAIRS dot ORG is a site that will list bird fairs and bird
shows as they are made aware of them.
If you know of a Bird Fair or Bird Show to add to this calendar,
the information as you would like it to read. This calendar
is all about bird fair and bird show listings, but will include
international avian events as well. It is in the best interest
of the Companion Bird World to include ALL bird fairs and bird
shows and other events around the world as we are made aware of them. If you
would like to be listed on this site, please
contact us so we can plan for your event to be listed
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HOUR-LONG MOVIE, “LIFE WITH ALEX”
Parrot Studios is
proud to announce the release of its new movie, “Life
with Alex.” Produced in association with The
Alex Foundation, created by long-term Pepperberg lab
manager Arlene Levin-Rowe, and directed by Emily Wick, this
55-minute memoir is
a compelling tribute to the famous African Grey parrot known
the popular book “Alex & Me” (Harper Collins) details
the relationship between Dr. Irene Pepperberg and Alex from
Irene’s point of view, “Life with Alex” offers
an up-close glimpse into Alex’s world, with
never-before-released footage of Alex using meaningful human
speech to convey his daily thoughts and feelings. We
see Alex and his
colleagues -- Dr. Irene Pepperberg, Arlene Levin-Rowe, their
student assistants, and fellow Grey parrots Griffin and
Arthur -- as they open a window for us into an unprecedented
world of non-human cognition and learning.
Pepperberg has spent the past 35 years studying parrot
intelligence. Curious about how non-human brains work and
what different creatures think about their world, she chose
to work with African Grey parrots, because they could use
elements of human language. “Getting into the minds of these
animals is critical,” explains Dr. Pepperberg. Her main
subject was Alex, purchased in 1977 from an ordinary pet
store in Chicago.
In the 30 years they worked together,
Dr. Pepperberg and her feathered “colleague” showed a
frequently disbelieving world that parrots were not the
bird-brains many thought they were.
highlight of the film, of course, is Alex. Whether
saying goodnight to Irene (“You be good, I love you.”),
coaching fellow parrot Griffin,
or creating his own vocabulary, we see Alex’s mind in
action. We learn
about the daily life, relationships, and accomplishments of
the bird who changed forever what we know about how animals
Pepperberg discusses her discoveries and her fight for
credibility; we discover what she learned from Alex, and how
she learned it. As Dr. Pepperberg notes, “We share the
world with these creatures” and “We need to understand
Arlene Levin-Rowe’s goals was “to share what it’s like to
work every day with an animal who can speak.” As viewers
watch Arlene describe her 10 years as lab manager, they will
come to appreciate why this amazing bird’s “colleagues” felt
it was an honor to work with him. Alex passed away on
September 6, 2007, prematurely, at the age of 31. The DVD
was released in September 2012, in honor of the fifth
anniversary of Alex’s passing.
length: 55 Minutes
Directed by Emily Wick
Produced by Grey Parrot Studios
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