The people are outstanding. Every minute they are in the sanctuary (and many hours they aren't) is dedicated to improving the lives of some very interesting parrots. The volunteers care about each other as well. The level of knowledge among this group of people is vast, because they have dealt with so many parrots, not only different species, but also difficult behavior and medical cases. The birds at MAARS are obviously loved. Their welfare and quality of life are the top concerns of the organization, and it shows. They also advocate adoption over breeding, educate the public and veterinary students about avian care through classes and outreach, and are becoming known for their "Painting Parrots."
If I were a bird, and found myself homeless, this would be a place I would hope to end up at. Every bird is cared for with their own specific needs in mind. Every volunteer is caring and committed to the welfare of the birds. Several flock members have a sad story in their past but have come to a place they can call home and put the past behind them.
For me personally, I have learned so much about bird care since starting there. I've never met a more dedicated staff and am honored to work with and learn from them. Best of all, the birds are happy!
MAARS is an aggregate of outstanding volunteers who provide care, feeding, medical and social needs for approx 85 predominately special needs parrots. No one is paid, so all donations go to this end. The compassion shown each bird, each with an individual personality and set of circumstances, goes above and beyond merely sustaining them. They get fresh food, plentiful toys and a variety of stimulating interactions and activities (Yes, our parrots can and do paint!) so they can thrive. It's a pleasure forging relationships with these beautiful creatures and working with such a committed group of people.