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September 12  - The Parrot Club is pleased to welcome Dr. Shary Siksay, avian and exotics veterinarian, who will talk to us on Tuesday, September 12 at 7:30 p.m. about the "funky feathered feet" of all birds, including parrots. All types of avian feet will be discussed in terms of their evolution, how they help the species to adapt and survive, and why certain species are susceptible to the specific injuries she sees most often. She will go through some interesting local and recent cases, including a great horned owl with his head “on upside down” and a poisoned bald eagle. She will also discuss some foot conditions that affect parrots like bumblefoot.

Dr. Siksay earned her VMD from University of Pennsylvania and works full time as a bird, small animal, and exotics veterinarian at Stone Veterinary Hospital in Watertown, CT, as well as with wildlife brought to her by wildlife rehabilitators. Originally from New Hampshire, Dr. Siksay has traveled all over the globe, living on three continents and in several states. She has worked with everything from cats, dogs, birds, and reptiles to chimpanzees, giraffe, and elephants! In her free time, Dr. Siksay trains with Disaster and Wilderness Ground Searchers, a local search and rescue team, with her bloodhound Agatha. This is sure to be an exciting talk, so make sure you plan on coming!


Organization Profile

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 6:30-7 p.m. followed by a program.

Our Mission

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.

Contact Information

The Parrot Club meets at the Veteran's Memorial Clubhouse
100 Sunset Ridge Drive
East Hartford, CT  (directions)
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P.O. Box 463
Hartford, CT 06141-0463

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