SOAR Birds October 31 Fundraiser: Psychic Readings with Laurie Blomer

Bird friends, don’t miss out! Our October 31 Fundraiser: Psychic Readings with Laurie Blomer, Psychic, Medium and Animal Communicator, at the MSPCA at Nevins Farm is filling up fast! Laurie loves to do animal communication readings with birds, so this is a really cool opportunity!

Readings will run from 10am – 2pm and can be booked for either 15 or 30 minutes. (If you’d like to book more time, it’s possible to book two 30 minute sessions or three 15 minute sessions!)

You can choose an Animal Communication session, a mediumship session with a loved one who has passed on, or you can choose to meet your own Spiritual Team. Space is limited! Contact Laurie by phone or email to schedule your appointment! Learn about Laurie at laurieblomer.sharepoint.com/

As a psychic and medium, Laurie can help

Zumba Event, Cute Animal Tees and More!

Hi Everyone! We are getting close to the MSPCA Methuen Walk for Animals! Just wanted to share a couple of new and exciting developments with you all! The SOAR Birds Team, On a Wing and a Prayer, is working hard to make our fundraising goal! Rather than just asking for money, we’ve enjoyed several fun events which have helped us to raise money for the Walk this year. We’re not quite finished yet, though! Below are a few new events that we’re really excited about!

We want to thank all of our supporters for your help, so far! We REALLY appreciate it and so do the shelter birds and animals!

Cute Animal Tees, Sweatshirts and More!

Team On A Wing & A Prayer has a T-Shirt campaign running for the next 9 days. All proceeds, of course, to benefit MSPCA 2015 Walk for Animals.
Here is a sampling of the awesome shirts we have available in our shop! Lots of styles & colors in unisex, ladies, men, kids! Make sure to check them all out before you decide what you want!

The link to our Teespring shop is:
http://teespring.com/stores/on-a-wing-a-prayer

ZUMBA for A Cause at Barre Chic in Salem NH

“Join us at 7PM on Friday, September 25 at Barre Chic Barre & Fitness Studio to support the MSPCA walkers of Salem, NH! We’ll be waggin’ our booties to the beat in support of the animals… and getting a great workout to boot!” ZUMBA for A CauseFollow this link and click “Sign Up Now” for the MSPCA event:                                                   https://clients.mindbodyonline.com/classic/home?studioid=215643

You can also visit http://www.barrechicne.com/, click on “SCHEDULE,” then jump to September 25 in the calendar. You can then click “Sign Up Now” for the MSPCA event. You will need to sign up for the class and create an account (to sign the studio waiver) ahead of time.

You don’t need to dance in order to party with us! Everyone is welcome to come hang out and watch! Super fun games will be played & cash/check donations will be accepted at the event. Please bring clean shoes… indoor gym shoes are ideal!

Barre Chic is located at 254 N Broadway #108, Salem, NH 03079

http://www.barrechicne.com

Working with Spirit Guides Workshop with Laurie Blomer

Don’t miss out on our next workshop with Laurie Blomer – Psychic, Medium and Animal Communicator on 9/13 at the MSPCA at Nevins Farm! We are so excited to have her back with us to teach “Working with Spirit Guides”! Space is limited, so don’t delay! Laurie will be donating an even bigger percentage of tuitions to the MSPCA at Nevins Farm Walk for Animals via Team on a Wing and a Prayer!

Laurie has made it even easier to sign up for the workshop with PayPal on her website. http://laurieblomer.sharepoint.com/Pages/WorkshopsandEvents.aspx (To pay by check, email Laurie at laurie_blomer@yahoo.com) Each of us has a “spiritual team” thatEach of us has a “spiritual team” that very much wants to help us achieve our soul’s objectives and fulfill our heart’s desires. This workshop will help you connect with yours and work with them on a personal level. 

In this 4- hour class you will

  • Explore the nature of Spirit Guides such as Angels, Ascended Masters, Nature Spirits, and Animal Spirit Guides
  • Meet and communicate with your Spirit Guides
  • Understand how to recognize their presence in your daily life
  • Create sacred space for communing with your Spirit Guides

Come experience greater awareness of your friends in the spiritual realms and your own spiritual nature. No prior experience is required, just an open mind and a sincere desire to connect!

Sun., Sept. 13, 10AM – 2PM – MSPCA – Methuen Animal Care and Adoption Center at Nevins Farm
400 Broadway, Methuen, MA 01844

http://www.mspca.org/adoption/methuen-nevins/

** 33% of workshop proceeds will be donated to MSPCA Nevin’s Farm animal rescue! **

Fee is $60; advance registration and a $30 deposit are required. You can register and pay automatically via PayPal here: http://laurieblomer.sharepoint.com/Pages/WorkshopsandEvents.aspx Please email laurie_blomer@yahoo.com if you prefer to pay by check.

Jamberry Fundraiser to Benefit the MSPCA at Nevins Farm

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Hi Everybody! Team On a Wing and a Prayer is hosting a Jamberry fundraiser to help the birds and animals at the MSPCA at Nevins Farm in Methuen, MA! If you like your nails to look adorable, join the group here party with us, win free stuff and play games which will earn you points toward even MORE free stuff! https://www.facebook.com/groups/722370427891754/

Not a party person? if you want to make a purchase but not participate in the party, just go here: https://kerrypottle.jamberry.com/shop and choose MSPCA at checkout!

You can also make a donation directly to the team’s Walk for Animals fundraising page here: support.mspca.org/goto/onawingandaprayer

Thank you all so much! The Walk for Animals is the biggest fundraiser of the year for the MSPCA at Nevins Farm. The MSPCA receives no state or federal funding, so every donation from kindhearted animal lovers in our community makes a huge difference in the lives of the 7,000 plus animals that the MSPCA at Nevins Farm cares for each year. We’re very lucky to live in a community that has such a wonderful population of animal lovers and supporters!

Introduction to Needle Felting Workshop to Benefit the Birds!

Introduction to Needle Felting Workshop – Sunday, August 23 from 1 – 3 PM
Explore your creative side! Join fiber artist Melissa Cara, of Northfarthing Arts, at the MSPCA at Nevins Farm for her Needle Felted Bunny Workshop.

Needle felting, or dry felting, is the art of sculpting wool by poking a specialized barbed needle into wool roving to matt the fibers into felt. This bunny project is great for beginners. Students will learn to create a core shape and learn to build and sculpt a creature with beautiful, soft wool! At the end of the process you’ll have a cute woodland friend, approximately 6 inches long, to take home!

This workshop is scheduled for Sunday, August 23 from 1 – 3 PM.
Workshop fee is $35.00 and all supplies will be provided.
Space is limited. Email Melissa at melissa.cara@icloud.com to register.

100% of the proceeds from this workshop will benefit Team On a Wing and a Prayer for the MSPCA at Nevins Farm’s 2015 Walk for Animals.

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“Introduction to Animal Communication” Workshop at the MSPCA at Nevins Farm

***UPDATE: We are SOLD OUT*** for our Intro to Animal Communication Workshop on Sunday, 7/19! After such great interest in this event, Laurie is willing to come back to teach this workshop again for us in Spring 2016!

More good news is that Laurie will be coming back on September 13! We will be announcing the topic of Laurie’s September Workshop very soon! If you’d like to be notified about the September 13 event or the Spring 2016 event, send an email to Melissa at birdhound@outlook.com.

Check out Laurie’s website to see the descriptions of some of her other workshops! http://laurieblomer.sharepoint.com/…/WorkshopsandEvents.aspx

The September 13 event will run from 10am-2pm at the MSPCA at Nevins Farm, Methuen, MA. Proceeds from this event will also be donated to the 2015 MSPCA at Nevins Farm Walk for Animals Team “On a Wing and a Prayer”.

Join us for our first ever  “Introduction to Animal Communication” Workshop!
Sunday, 7/19 – 10am-2pm – MSPCA’s Nevins Farm – 400 Broadway, Methuen, MA

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Located just 28 miles north of Boston, MSPCA at Nevin’s Farm is doing incredible work for animals. Join us on July 19th for this fun, hands-on, family- friendly workshop. You’ll be helping the animals at the MSPCA at Nevins Farm, as well! Proceeds from this event will be donated to the 2015 MSPCA at Nevins Farm Walk for Animals Team “On a Wing and a Prayer”.

The MSPCA at Nevins Farm is a unique 55-acre animal care complex that provides shelter and adoption services for both farm and companion animals; an exceptional equine program, including rehabilitation, adoption services, and a world-renowned equine ambulance program; community outreach and education, including a popular summer camp for children; resources for pet owners who have lost a companion animal, including a cremation services and cemetery; and humane law enforcement services that uphold animal protection laws and provide care to animal victims of abuse and neglect. 

Come and join us for this workshop and you’ll learn how to communicate with animals, have opportunities to practice these skills with animals at the Farm, and contribute to the well- being of animals there. It’s a win:win:win!

Kids can participate, too! Children 10 years and older are welcome to attend with an adult. More details about the workshop are below.

Advance registration and a $25 deposit are required; just email at laurie_blomer@yahoo.com to register for the class. Please share this information with all of your animal- loving friends!

If you’re unable to participate but would like to support the work at Nevin’s Farm, please consider making a donation at http://www.mspca.org/donate/

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Workshop: Introduction to Animal Communication

Communicating with your pets enables you to feel a lot closer with them, and with all of nature. All creatures, domesticated and wild, appreciate it when humans want to better understand their thoughts, feelings, circumstances, and their world. All you need is a sincere desire and they will gladly help you from their end of the conversation. They have so much to say to us, and we have so much we can learn from them!

This 4- hour workshop will help you to develop your innate, intuitive ability to communicate with animals in a fun and supportive environment. You’ll learn to

  • Understand the nature of telepathic communication
  • Identify your psychic “strong suits” for communicating with animals
  • Learn and apply different techniques for communicating with them

It’s a very “hands- on” and discussion- oriented class, and participants will have a short pre-workshop exercise to complete (it’s fun!). Children 10 years and older are welcome to attend accompanied by an adult.

Cost is $50; advance RSVP and a $25 deposit are required.

Date:          Sun., July 19
Time:         10AM – 2PM
Location:   MSPCA at Nevin’s Farm

400 Broadway, Methuen, MA 01844-2052
http://www.mspca.org/adoption/methuen-nevins/

How to contact Laurie…
http://laurieblomer.sharepoint.com/Pages/default.aspx
Ph#: 302-354-1277 or 610-347-2249
Email: laurie_blomer@yahoo.com

For questions about the MSPCA at Nevins Farm, email Melissa at birdhound@outlook.com

Guest Post: Meet Arya Cockatiel!

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Hi everybirdy! My name is Arya and I’m a cockatiel. I live with my mate, Thorin Morkenshield, and our very unique flock of birds. Most of us have been adopted from the MSPCA at Nevins Farm in Methuen, MA. I met my human there when I was only two months old. Before that, I don’t remember much, I was too little. I know now, that life is good. I have my mate, who I love, lots of birds to play with, and all the toys, food and love a bird could want. I’d like to tell you stories about the fun we have in the bird world here at our house. Visit My Flock to meet my feathered family!

I also have a famous “sister,” Felicia the Cockatiel, who is a Facebook sensation. She got out of our house, because our humans got confused one day. They are really upset, and we all miss her. I thought I’d tell you all about how the search for Felicia has been progressing, because I know it’s been a learning experience for all of us birds! We know Felicia will be home soon, and we can’t wait to see her, and to hear all about her amazing adventure!

Stay tuned for lots of cute pictures of us birds, stories about me and my flock, as well as posts about the search for Felicia. We are learning so much about searching for lost birds, we really want to share this information with other bird owners, in order to help other families who find themselves in a similar, scary situation.

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I like to sit on the top of the MacBook and dictate to my mom. I also try to type sometimes, but then I get distracted by the keys, they are so much fun to pull off of the laptop!

This is a more personal blog, but My human will also be sharing some of the relevant posts to the SOAR Birds blog. SOAR Birds is a community designed to help people find or place pet birds, share stories and provide coaching, advice and support to bird owners in New England and beyond. Bird advocates unite to help each other and collaborate to help birds and bird owners in need. For anyone who has, or would like to, adopt/rescue a bird, or even if you just love birds… SOAR Birds is a ‘Pet Bird Nation.’ Don’t forget to visit the SOAR Birds blog and subscribe for email updates. You can also join SOAR Birds on their awesome Facebook Page.

I look forward to meeting you all, please feel free to comment and share my posts. Also, don’t forget to sign up for email updates. You’ll find a link at the bottom, right hand side of my blog, http://aryacockatiel.wordpress.com/

Below are links to two posts I’ve written about my sister Felicia and my family’s efforts to bring her back home. We hope the information we’ve learned will help others searching for lost birds or other pets. Thanks for reading, I’ll be updating soon!

~ Arya Jeyne

Click on the links below to read my posts about my “sister,” Felicia!

Felica’s Story – Part 1

Felicia’s Story – Part 2

Felicia’s Story – The Search Continues

SOAR Birds First Aid and Emergency Supply Kit – Masterpost

Have you ever had a bird related emergency? Most pet bird owners have, and if you haven’t, you’re really lucky! Birds are curious and clever, but sometimes it seems that they don’t think much about their own personal safety. In a split second, a bird can get themselves into a sticky situation. Whether you’re dealing with accidents, illness, or injury, we’ve found that it’s always best to be prepared. That’s why we decided to put together a masterlist (it’s REALLY long!) that will help you put together the ultimate bird first aid/emergency kit. We took apart our own emergency kits and documented the contents here, with pictures and links to make it easy for you to make your own.

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If you’re a bird lover you may find that you’re suddenly dealing with an emergency related to a wild bird, stray pet bird, or friend or relative’s bird, so we’ve included supplies to deal with all kinds of bird related emergencies. Do you need to rush out and purchase every item on the list right now? Well, the good news is that you probably have some of these things around the house already. We’ve also tried to link to items in different sizes to cover all different varieties of pet and wild birds. You may find that you don’t need to own a heat lamp, heating pad, heated perch, and hot water bottle, but having one or two of those options is certainly important. Use your own judgement and collect the supplies that apply to your bird(s) and your lifestyle.

Many of these items are self explanatory. If not, we’ve provided a line or two to explain how we use them. In addition to the supplies below, you’ll need a box or container to hold all your supplies. Whatever doesn’t fit into your kit, make sure to keep organized and at the ready, you never know when you might need them!

Medihoney Wound Paste

Amazing natural healing. For managing difficult wounds and helping with the removal of necrotic tissue.

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Arnica

For trauma, bruising, and reduction of pain. Dissolve one or two arnica pellets in water and syringe into the bird’s beak. Repeat every one to two hours until pain and trauma begin to improve.

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Styptic Powder

For stopping the blood flow when you’re dealing with a broken blood feather, beak or nail.

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Calendula Ointment

Healing wounds, scrapes, cuts, irritations and more.

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Silver Sulfadiazine Cream 

For the topical treatment of burns.

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Washcloths, Hand Towels, Bath Towels

Toweling, drying, cleaning, and anything you can think of.

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Paper Towels

Use for anything from cleaning up messes to lining cage bottoms and anything and everything in between.

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Syringes 1ml, 3 ml, 6 ml, 10 ml

Use to administer medications, feed soft foods, teas and juices, and more.

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Bandage Scissors, Ball Tip Shears

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Locking Hemostat – Straight & Curved

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Slant and Pointed Tip Tweezers

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Nail Trimmers, Small/Tiny, Medium, Large

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Powder Free Latex Gloves

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Gauze Pads

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Rolled Gauze

Pre-cut into different sized strips and re-roll to have on hand for feet, toes, legs, wings, etc.

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Saline Spray, Saline Solution (0.9% Sodium Chloride)

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Q-Tips, Cotton Swabs, Cotton Balls, Cotton Pads

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Medical Tape

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Non-Stick Dressing Pads

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Vet Wrap

Pre-cut into different sized strips and re-roll to have on hand for feet, toes, legs, wings, etc.

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Hydrogen Peroxide

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Alcohol Prep Pads

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Pedialyte (Unflavored)

Whenever we have a sick or injured bird, we add a little pedialyte to their water to help stave off dehydration and provide electrolyte support.

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Apple Cider Vinegar

Read all about the benefits here.

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Refresh Eye Solution

For dry eyes, or to flush the bird’s eye to help remove dust, etc.

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Vaseline

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Wooden Popsicle Sticks, Tongue Depressors, Ice Cream Spoons, Flat (not sharp!) Toothpicks

For making splints of various sizes.

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Soft Cozy Blanket

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Dark Flat Sheet

For covering bird cages.

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Penlight

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Magnifying Glass

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Gram Scale

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Home Thermometer

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Heating Pad

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Hot Water Bottle

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Heat Lamp, Infrared Bulb

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Avian Sun Lamp

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Heated Perches

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Small Bird Carrier, Pet Carrier or Travel Cage

Always have carriers easily accessible and ready to transport birds in an emergency.

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Bird Net

For catching escaped or stray birds.

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Emergency Information Sheet

Include an emergency info sheet in your kit, but also program this information into your smartphone so there’s no need to take extra time in the moment. Hang a copy of the sheet in your kitchen and in your bird room, too.

  • – Veterinary clinic phone number, hours and directions to the clinic
  • – Emergency clinic phone number and directions
  • – Poison control center phone numbers
  • – Local Wildlife Care Center(s) phone number(s), hours and directions to the center(s)
  • – Contact information for bird sitter, friend or relative who will care for or check on your birds in an emergency
  • – Local avian rescue/animal shelter, phone number, hours and directions
  • – Local avian behavior specialist phone number, email, website
  • – Local avian hobbist group, pet bird support group, or breed club phone number, email, website

Additional Resources

Tea for Parrots – Using Teas to help with digestive upset, stress, insomnia, egg laying, nausea, arthritis and more.

Holistic Birds.com – All about avian health and holistic care.

Herbal First Aid for Birds

Avian First Aid

Animal Poison Control – 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, (888) 426-4435. (A $65 consultation fee may be applied to your credit card.)

Safe Foods For Birds

Toxic and Non-Toxic for Birds – Includes wood varieties

Unsafe for Birds

Bird Safety

More Bird Safety

SOAR Nation & Empowering Animals Walk for Animals Fundraiser!

Hi Everyone! Would you like to donate to SOAR Nation’s MSPCA Methuen Walk for Animals Fund AND get something cool in return?

Empowering Animals Wristbands is making a special offer from now until September 30, 2014. The entire $5.00 of SOAR Birds or Pit Bull Awareness Wristbands will be donated to SOAR Nation’s Walk for Animals fundraising team! How cool is that? You’re helping animals AND you get a cool wristband!

Click the links below to order your wristbands and support team SOAR Nation!

“SOAR Birds – Don’t Shop, Adopt!” Wristbands

“Pit Bull Awareness – Share the Love!” Wristbands

Thanks so much to Empowering Animals!

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