Auditory – Adding auditory components to enrichment is fun, easy and inexpensive. You can play music or sounds in your bird room anytime. Nature sounds are great and bird calls are interesting for you companion birds. Be careful to watch for stress induced reactions to some calls and discontinue if your bird exhibits “fearful” behavior. You can also add a sound dimension by creating a rattle sound with seeds or pellets inside a tactile opportunity. Foraging and auditory enrichment work well together.
Robin Shewokis is the owner of The Leather Elves. Since 2000, Robin has consulted at zoos in the U.S, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and Holland, and has distributed enrichments products worldwide. Robin regularly speaks at parrot clubs, providing workshops teaching ways to create a stimulating environment. She also develops new products for parrots that will stimulate naturalistic behavior. Robin has published articles on enrichment in national and international publications. She has also created two DVD's, "Enriching Your Parrot's Life", and "Get Your Bird Back". Robin is a state coordinator for the American Federation of Aviculture. She is a past president of the International Association of Avian Trainers and Educators.