As I continue looking for ways to live out my 2020 theme “More Uke”, today I made a visit to Papayago Parrot Rescue in Marietta, Georgia. I played ukulele for the parrots a few times in 2019 but they moved from a house close to us to a new building about 30 minutes away.
Papayago Rescue House, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) organization that helps rescue, rehabilitate, retrain and re-home parrots. Papayago houses over 100 parrots from the very smallest to the largest of parrots. The family that runs Papayago has a deep love for these birds and it is obvious that they are concerned for their well-being.
When I entered the Papayago building today, I first saw the African Grey parrots together in an area just to the left. I think African Greys are my favorites as they are very laid back, not very noisy and they make some really interesting sounds! I played my uke for these parrots and they swayed to the music and seemed to remember/enjoy the music that I played for them.
As I wandered around the building and played for the rest of the birds, some would come to the front of their cages while others were a little more cautious. A few always get a bit noisy when I come by… not sure if they are trying to sing along or maybe telling me to keep moving!
Two parrots in particular, Sugar and Sweetness, were trying really hard to tell me something (or maybe requesting a song?). I listened and also tried to respond; they are probably still trying to figure out what I was saying….
Now that I have seen where the new Papayago facility is located, I hope to stop back by occasionally. I usually joke that it is great having a captive audience to play for, but I do hope they enjoy the stimulation a bit.
As many of these parrots have outlived their owners or the circumstances of their families have changed, I am thankful that there are places like this that have a heart to care for such beautiful and intelligent birds. Of the many places that I have played music, a parrot rescue is certainly one of the most unique. Until next time… “More Uke 2020”.