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Tri-State Avian Society (TSAS)

 

Tallahassee, FL

 

 

It's always great to get invited back for a return visit - and this was a good one.  It gave me a chance to renew some friendships and make some new ones.  

 The Tri-State Avian Society members have their hearts in the right place.  As their slogan suggests, "For The Birds."  I really get that sense when I'm with them. 

We conducted a demonstration and two bird taming workshops.  We were lucky to be able to helped many people become empowered to handle birds they had been unable to handle.  

To Club President,  Christine Maples, Becky & Chip Durant, David & Susan Howel,  Renee & Tom Ewart,  and all the members of the Tri-State Avian Society, my heart-felt  thanks.  I'd love to make a third visit.

 

 

 

 

Renee Ewart & Ken working with a Rose Breasted Cockatoo

2005 workshops

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2003 Workshops

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TSAS Member - Cathy Smith - In loving memory

 

Feedback from the Flock - 2003

 

David Howel, Former President, Tri State Avian Society

 

"The Tri State Avian society recently hosted a program and two workshops featuring Ken Globus.  Every single participant walked away impressed and appreciative.  Kenís techniques opened eyes, and those eyes often shed tears on seeing an unmanageable bird calmly sitting on the hand they just yesterday bit. 

Ken showed over 70 people how to handle the unhandleable, tame the untamable and touch the untouchable.  His methods, in the very simplest of wordsÖWORK!  He changes wariness and rejection into trust and acceptance right in front of your eyes.  Iíve never seen anything like it. 

Ken has suffered to gain the insights he so freely shared with us.  His personal courage, holding his hand out for a large and powerful bird to BITE, takes a lot of guts!!!  By the third time he holds his hand out, the bird lowers its head and accepts his touchÖwillingly and without violence.  If I hadnít seen it, I would NOT have believed it possible. 

Iíll gladly discuss Kenís approach, and the techniques he uses with any skeptic.  Iíve been there, seen that!  Itís not every day you actually see peopleís jaws drop in amazement.  Ken must be used to it.  What he did at the Tri-State Avian Society was nothing short of amazing.  He worked with over twenty birds and succeeded in improving the behavior of every single one!  I was there.  And I DID see jaws drop.  Mine included."  David Howel

 

 

Christine Maples, President, Tri State Avian Society

 

"I just wanted to take a minute to tell you just how much I enjoyed your visit.  It was very educational and so heartwarming to see so many problems handled with such success.  I know how thankful those attending are to have a way to resolve their issues and be able hold and love their birds.  I did not hear one negative remark about your seminar, only positive enthusiasm and some of it from the doubters.  Everyone wants more and I know we will plan to have you back again next year."   Christine Maples

 

"...an experience I'll never forget."

 

"If at anytime in your life you are considering building a relationship with an exotic bird, Ken Globus should be part of your process. Yes, his workshop is intended to help birds and their owners become reconnected, but it's also an excellent reference for the knowledge of a bird partnership, the plight of exotics and the realization of just how intelligent and special these creatures are.

Time after time during the last weekend we heard about the cycle of bites, fears and screams that drove a wedge between people and their birds. Birds that had not been touched for 6 years or had been in 9 homes in 9 years. Absolutely heartbreaking stories of birds and the braveness of their owners to bring them to a public forum, admit problems and communicate their purest intent to help their feather friend. 

When Ken started working with these troubled birds it was immediately evident that he cared deeply for them, whispering and holding them gently to calm their fears--even as they bit him. And you could literally see the birds reaching out for contact...an almost paralyzing state of their own fears. 

Ken brought both birds and owners to places that they had either not been before or in a long time.  Everyone was touched and tears welled up and flowed by people in the room--including Ken. 

I luckily have 2 rescue birds that I am in a relationship with and did not need to bring them in to work with Ken. But because of what I learned over the last 2 days, it immediately made me make some changes so that all of us could be happier and enjoy each other's company. All of the knowledge that Ken shared is invaluable for whatever stage you are at. We had longtime bird owners that learned as well as people that just got their first bird. It was truly amazing and an experience I'll never forget."  Lisa Lazarus. Tri-State Avian Society, Tallahassee, Florida

 

"Hi Ken, I really enjoyed meeting you and watching you handle all the birds at the workshop.  I learned a lot from you and realized that I was doing a lot of things wrong."  Leslie Snyder

 

Chirps -- 2005

Ken -- I just HAVE to tell you how much I enjoyed and appreciate your visit with us here in Tally Town!  Even though I knew what sort of "miracles" to expect, I was still literally amazed at what happens with a most difficult bird in your hands.  What you do sometimes almost defies description, and seeing the changes in both birds and their humans is SO gratifying.

I think I was the only one who saw that little "dance of joy" you did behind everybody else on Sunday.  Your obvious pleasure at seeing a breakthrough spoke volumes about who you are, what you do, why you do it and how a successful breakthrough affects YOU! 

My admiration for you is fairly obvious, Ken.  I'm so glad you are out there, bringing the gospel to the folks.  I just hope we here in Tallahassee can expand on the successes we enjoyed with you and bring even more birds back to their owners and companions.

As always, I wish you the BEST of luck, Ken.  If there is every anything I can do for you...if it's within my power...you can consider it a done deal!  Your friend always, David Howel, former TSAS President  webrydr@gmail.com

 

Ken: Thank you for an amazing experience! I sat in awe of you. All I wanted to do was to take Oscar home and have him step up without biting. I got so much more! Now I can pet him and kiss on him. Before, I pet him on his terms. His prior owner told me he will let you pet him at a certain time of day, but that is it. Oh, he walked over to my son without biting.  Not only that, my Nanday (14 years/Kermit) never let me do her pin feathers. She sat there and let me do them. ALSO, the 60 year old Double Yellow Headed Amazon, let me pet him and kiss him. He loves it. Ken, this is a bird that was not touched for 15 years by his prior owner. She told me he is mean. It took me almost four months to pet him, on HIS terms. Now I can pet him any time. Thank you! 

I told a member of a bird club south of us about the wonderful experience we shared with you. She heard of you and like most, heard mixed reviews. No one knows until they see. She was pleased to hear about our POSITIVE experience.

I appreciate all I learned. I gained a lot of confidence , after losing some as a result of A LOT of bites from Oscar. I hope we will see you again. Count me in, next time around.  Be well!  Dee Dorsty, Tri State Avian Society, Tallahassee, FL

 

....and a follow up:

 

"Thank you, Ken. Your work shop was not only a rewarding experience, but a huge pay off. Oscar and I formed an incredible bond. You are the bird man! I look forward to your next visit."  Dee, Tri State Avian Society, Tallahassee, FL

 

 It was great seeing Ken again--I found that the second time around reinforced what I already knew and gave me some new items to focus on.  Of course, I immediately went home and started working in them. I sure hope we can do this again--Saturday was so positive, especially with so many large birds--tell us all about Sunday! Thanks again for a great club experience. Lisa Lazarus

 

 Hi all!  I just returned home after going to Tallahassee to see Ken Globus, and attend one of his workshops.  I listened to everyone's warnings and opinions, borrowed and first hand, and as I promised, I have come back with my OWN opinion, which I will share with you. 

First of all, I saw no bird mistreated, nor were their spirits broken.  Ken worked with people who were having problems interacting with their own birds, and taught them things about behavior, and how to read their birds.  He also taught a few things that I have also seen recommended on this list, and recommended in parrot books, such as "My Parrot, My Friend". 

There were a few things mentioned here that were concerns for some of you all, and I would like to address them now:

 1) the fist in the face  The fist (which I already employed when I had a bird that I think might bite my arm or hand) is NOT a threat to the bird, it is a way to distract the bird from another hand that might be trying to touch the bird, OR, itís there to discourage the bird from biting. They cannot grip and bite a fist as easily as a finger or a hand.  He recommended approaching the bird SLOWLY and allowing the bird to assess you as no threat, the fist is not balled up to threaten to hit the bird, but merely to allow closer contact without (hopefully) injury to the hand.

 2) I didn't see anything that remotely resembled flooding.  He did desensitize a couple of birds (briefly, this is in no way a permanent cure, nor did he imply that it was) to his hands, so he could pet them or have them step up, and not be afraid.  He said (which makes perfect sense) that if a bird is shown that the hand doesn't hurt them, after a while they lose the fear of the hand, which is what he is working on with the fist, and the "bubble". 

 3) Someone mentioned that they heard that the birds got "slung around".  I found that also not to be the case.  He had a cockatoo that was trying to show aggression, and when it tried to fly down or away, Ken followed it with his hand, by gently holding to its feet until the bird righted itself and began upward flight again, and settled in on his hand again.  No blood, no roughness.  It was slow and gentle.

 4) There was no mention of an instant cure.  He emphasized over and over again, that we were modifying the birdsí behavior through repetitive maneuvers, which, duhÖ aren't we doing that anyway? 

 As for me, he taught me a few ways to help interact with our own birds, including Corky, connoisseur of fine fingers.  He had some nifty ways to get birds off your back, to get them off your shoulder without being bitten or argued with.  A lot of things he showed us we were already doing, but we learned from him too. 

I only saw him use gloves ONCE, and they were the gloves of the birdís owner, and Ken recommended to the owner not to use them. 

Ken got bitten, but he never put on the gloves.  I have heard this same thing preached here:  Don't let the bite keep you away, once they find out the bite doesn't work, they stop.  Sound familiar? 

Now, you can all flame me if you want, but I didn't see him do anything to warrant all this negativity that ensued by the mere mention of his name.  I agree with Wally... his methods might not work on all birds, but nobody has a method that does.  Ken was educating owners today, more than birds, believe it or not.

The whole deal was to gain the birdís trust, be persistent, and refuse to be bossed around, not to break its spirit, and browbeat it into submission.  I challenge anyone on this list to go see Ken, and then continue to believe the gossip thatís being passed around about him.   I don't have a PHD, nor do I claim to be an expert, but I promised you my opinion, and here it is.  If you are going to form one, I suggest you do the same thing I did... go see for yourself.  I am very glad I did.  Remember, just because someone doesn't have a PHD, doesn't mean they don't know what they are talking about.  Experience is a wonderful teacher. 

Ok, I've shared what I saw, and my thoughts on the subjectÖ go get your flame throwers.  Barbara (fire department on speed dial)

Oh... and by the way, my husband learned a lot about why he was having problems handling our macaw. 

 

 

Ken provides an incredibly rewarding, intense, and powerful educational opportunity... yet laughter, compassion, and commitment to "the cause" of helping birds are also strengths of his work. As a person who is regularly up "in front" imparting information to others, I thoroughly appreciated Ken and his methods of working with feathered and non-feathered ones while teaching and sharing tips with the audience participants at the same time!  

Talk about "value added!"  So many birds (and humans, too!) are already benefiting from Ken's assistance. His patience, knowledge, expertise, ability to transfer information, skills, and a HUGE dose of insight into the complex minds and psyches of our feathered companions are impressive.  At the same time, he was MOST understanding, supportive, compassionate, ever respectful and loving towards the birds. 

I too have already been working with some of our "fosters" and both I and the birds experienced progress.  Example:  Sponge Bob the Cranky (a naggy 'tiel we're fostering that fusses at your hands non-stop, but doesn't really bite) stopped "fussing" and opened to touching and my preening without complaint within literally minutes as I focused on gently removing his fear (or bossy) responses and handled him as Ken taught us this past weekend.  THAT is powerful for both of us!

So - again - Becky, Chip, Renee, Tom and all the other TSAS volunteers - I'll close with heartfelt "thank yous" for being wonderful active reflections of our mission..... FOR THE BIRDS....ALWAYS! 

And KEN - well, he is just going to have to become a "Circuit Whisperer" and put Tallahassee in the schedule about once every 12 -18 months (or less!)!  What a gift.  With much appreciation,  Susan Howel, TSAS Vice President
 

 

This was just a fabulous couple of days for me. My mother could not get me off the
phone this morning, with all the details.  Absolutely, next year for Ken, Jan Sangoree

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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