September 8 -
Ken Elkins - Bird Tales - Observing birds to help people living with
Ken Elkins , Education Program Manager at the Bent of the River Audubon
Center will give a presentation on the “Bird Tales” program he developed
with Randy Griffin, Dementia Care Specialist. The program uses multisensory
stimulation and the natural outdoor world of birds to help people living
with dementia to interact with their environment and share a meaningful
experience with others. Observing birds through sight, sound, and touch can
encourage family interactions even in elders with advanced dementia, and
lift their mood for the rest of the day! Ken will share a short video about
the program and explain how it was created, its success so far, and how you
might be able to get involved and share it with their family members or
friends who live in a long term care facility.
Ken is a
Toyota TogetherGreen Fellow, and has worked in the environmental education
field for over 10 years before joining the Bent of the River staff in 2008.
Ken’s interest in birds started when he was 10 years old, watching the birds
at his grandmother’s feeders in Vermont and has been obsessed ever since.
Ken is excited to be able to share his passion for birds and the environment
of Connecticut with everyone who visits the Bent of the River.
The Parrot Club is a non-profit organization founded in 1974 by a group of people interested in spreading the fun and enjoyment of exotic birds. The Parrot Club meets the second Tuesday of the month, March through December, with a picnic in August. There is social time from 7-7:30 p.m. followed by a program.
Our mission includes enhancing the knowledge and enjoyment of exotic birds for our members, encouraging preservation and conservation of all avian species, and introducing the general public to the joys and responsibilities of keeping and caring for companion birds.
The Parrot Club meets at the Veteran's
100 Sunset Ridge Road
East Hartford, CT
P.O. Box 463
Hartford, CT 06141-0463