A Very Special Donation to Save the Bloedel Conservatory!!

“My name is Emma and I am 9 years old.

I collected Bottles and cans to help save the Conservatory
I love to visit and the birds are my friends especially Rosie
I would be very sad if it closed down.

Love Emma B”

Emma sent the Friends of the Bloedel a cheque for $238.00!!

And she didn’t stop there! As of June 16, Emma gave presentations to all the classes at her school and collected over 200 signatures on a petition which has been sent to the Mayor, City Councilors and Park Board Commissioners. The Vancouver Sun released the story today. Read it here: Nine-year-old does her part to save Bloedel Conservatory.

THANK YOU Emma for your hard work!

It warms our hearts to know so many people of all ages are so dedicated to saving the Bloedel Conservatory and everything that makes it such a special place.

This post is dedicated to you Emma and to Rosie!

Rosie is a Congo African Grey Parrot. African Greys are considered to be among the most intelligent of all birds, even ranking alongside dolphins and chimpanzees for their ability to associate human words with meanings, shapes and colours. Rosie typically makes a wide range of clicks, chirps, warbles and water drop sounds – with the occasional “Cuckoo” thrown in for good measure. She will often climb down off of her perch and come out to the pathway to say ‘hello’ to all the visitors, although this is not particularly safe for her because she is rather small. If she does not want to be picked up, she puts her beak down to the floor (or perch) to say “No, I’m not ready yet”.

Parrots age gracefully and can live to be up to 60 years old. African Grey Parrots eat seeds, fruits and palm nuts. Did you know that chocolate, peach and cherry pits, apple seeds and avocados are toxic to all parrots? Sorry Rosie, no guacamole for you!

The African Grey Parrot is listed on Appendix II of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES). Luckily, many countries have banned the importation of wild-caught grey parrots. In the United States, there are enough domestically raised birds to easily satisfy the demand for parrots as pets, so there is little support for black market illegally imported African Parrots. The Bloedel Conservatory works with a local non-profit organization called GreyHaven that specializes in parrot rescue, rehabilitation and adoption. All the birds at Bloedel have either been directly donated to the Conervatory from homes that can no longer keep them or have been adopted from the GreyHaven Sanctuary.

We are working hard keep the Bloedel Conservatory as a ‘forever home’ for Rosie and all the birds who live there. And for dedicated people like Emma who help make big changes in the world.

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1 Comment

  1. John Coupar said,

    May 12, 2010 at 4:11 am

    This is our most important donation to date! When I received Emma”s donation i was deeply touched it reinforced to me the tremendous love people have for the Bloedel Conservatory.Emma represents the very best of the future someone who cares deeply about nature,wildlife and its preservation.All of us at Friends of the Bloedel are thrilled by this fantastic donation and the effort it represents.
    Thank you Emma
    John Coupar
    President Friends of the Bloedel Association


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