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By Ben Swan/For The New Mexican
As she prepared to close down Feathered Friends of Santa Fe, Parker said she hopes the building’s new owners will keep feeding her flock.
“They are like family,” she said about the birds, quickly beginning to tear up. But then Parker, who regularly helps stray dogs, homeless people and the community’s bird-loving residents, feels that way about most people and animals she encounters.
And that’s why Parker is so reluctant to say goodbye to such a strong chapter in her life. Her colorful store at 1089 S. St. Francis Drive has long been a Santa Fe fixture, where people not only learn about wild and domesticated birds but share their lives and love of animals.
“I didn’t think I’d last a year, much less 31,” Parker said. “And it’s because the people in Santa Fe are so awesome. I definitely have been blessed to be able to do what I love.”
The store’s final day was Wednesday, but Darlene and Kurt Miller, her partner who runs the Wild Bird Store part of the business, plan to keep the birdseed and supply business running online. They no longer will be selling domesticated birds, however.
Selling the building and property, which Parker has owned since 1995, offers the two a chance to stay involved in the community but pursue more of their passions — helping restore bird habitats throughout the world. They also plan to live a few months of the year in Hawaii, where their own birds, Beamer, a red-sided eclectus parrot, and Clancy, a blue hyacinth macaw — longtime favorites at the store — will accompany them.
Birds have always been a part of Parker’s life, ever since she visited an aunt who kept parakeets. The native New Mexican traveled extensively after high school, especially in Mexico, and was always drawn to exotic birds.
In those days, wild birds in the states were imported and locked up behind glass in pet stores. That troubled Parker.
“The poor things were captured in the wild and shipped off to wherever,” she said. “I just thought I could do better than that by hand-raising them.”
Working with select bird hobbyists in San Francisco, Hawaii and Florida, Parker would bring in a handful of young birds and hand-raise them, letting customers bond with the birds they eventually bought. Her many repeat customers have nurtured their birds along with her, or taken on orphaned birds from guardians who have passed.
Being a bird guardian is not for everyone, Parker said, and she often talks people out of taking on the commitment.
“They are demanding,” she said. “They are like little feathered Homo sapiens, and so intelligent. It’s like having a child that never leaves home. And they live so long; people have to realize that.”
The store has been a hub for more than learning about birds. Several of Parker’s employees practically grew up there, including Patrick Reid, who started as an intern at age 13, and Anna Forester, who became Parker’s first employee at 16. Both were there at the end, helping her shut down the store.
“I was first a groupie and then an employee,” Forester said. “I loved being here, and through that learned to love birds, their uniqueness and character. I really got to appreciate them. When you just walk in a little bit, you don’t get that sense of individuality that birds have. Every one is different.”
Reid, a professional film technician who works at Santa Fe Community College, did his mentorship for Monte del Sol Charter School at the store. Parker warned him that it would mostly be cleaning up bird droppings, but that didn’t deter him.
“I was like, ‘No problem,’ ” he recalled. “Kurt and Darlene are kind of like second parents; it was just fun hanging out with them. And I learned so much about birds. People just assume all animals are the same, but they are all unique characters.”
Miller, a certified ornithologist, says he’ll miss the customer interaction the most, but he hopes to continue offering lectures, write a blog post and create videos. The two also hope to find a downtown spot for online customers who want to pick up their birdseed purchases. Miller’s wild-seed mixtures have become quite popular and are based on area regions and seasons.
Like Parker, Miller is looking forward to helping educate people about the loss of bird habitat and what’s happening to the planet because of deforestation. “We are wiping out birds,” Miller said. “All these beautiful species are being eradicated.”
Parker and Miller will miss seeing familiar faces at the store, but it’s a mutual feeling. Judy Hillendahl, a frequent customer who describes herself as an “animal nut,” says dropping in has always felt like visiting family. She stopped by recently to hug Parker and to get supplies for her four domesticated birds. She plans on continuing to purchase her supplies from the online store. “I’m so happy for them,” she said. “There’s nobody nicer in Santa Fe, but I’m not sure who I’m going to laugh with as much when they are gone.”
Feathered Friends of Santa Fe
On the Web: www.ffofsf.com. The online store will be up and running by May 1.
Contact: 505-670-0717; 505-988-5154
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A statewide animal-advocacy group is offering a $6,000 reward for information about the death of a dog whose body was found in Chimayo with its muzzle taped tightly shut.
Animal Protection New Mexico is offering the reward for information leading to the arrest and prosecution of those responsible. Callers may remain anonymous; the toll-free number to report any information is 877-548-6263.
Joy Nicholson, a Chimayo resident who runs the nonprofit Chihuahua de Chimayo, an…Continue
Drones are being used to help locate a dog who went running off near Eldorado after a rollover crash on Interstate 25.
KRQE reported that a Santa Fe drone company is offering to help find Fenway, a 16-year-old Husky who went missing after a crash April 19. Jon Weisser said in the report that his family won’t give up on finding the dog, who is deaf and…Continue
Posted by Ben Swan on April 27, 2016 at 11:43am
Pacheco Park hosts dog party
Looking for a pup-friendly event to attend with your furry best friend? Businesses at Pacheco Park are hosting a progressive dinner, showroom walk and dog party to support the Santa Fe Animal Shelter.
Close to 20 businesses at the Design District, 1512 Pacheco St., are taking part in the Bark at the Park event. It will be held 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, April 28.
Park merchants will be offering samples of great food and a chance…Continue
Posted by Ben Swan on April 27, 2016 at 11:15am
Puppy courses offered at shelter
The Santa Fe animal shelter has revamped its popular puppy classes and will now offer six-week puppy training courses.
The new series of classes starts April 26, and will be held in the shelter’s Roddey Burdine Rehabilitation Center, located behind the shelter’s main buildings. The course is based on the American Kennel Club’s STAR certification, which offers…Continue
Posted by Ben Swan on April 7, 2016 at 2:06pm
Shelter adds spring break camp
The Santa Fe animal shelter has added a two-day session to its popular Critter Camp program for children.
The introductory spring break camp for children ages 10 to 13 will run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 31 and April 1. Cost is $100.
The unique hands-on program allows children an in-depth look at animal sheltering. The camps provide a fun and educational opportunity to work with animals and include dog walking and…Continue
Posted by Ben Swan on March 25, 2016 at 11:52am