In Memory of Wart

Dear Alex Foundation community, Since my last blog update, a great sadness befell us: our beloved Arthur “Wart” passed away. I’d like to thank all of those who reached out to us when we first announced his passing. It is comforting to know the community runs so

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It is with great sadness that I report the passing of our beloved colleague, Arthur.a A while back, Arthur was diagnosed with Kidney Disease. There is no cure but he had been doing well with treatment. Then, several months ago, Arthur became ill and was taken to

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Research at the Pepperberg Lab

Another few weeks pass, and the high energy continues to pour out of everyone’s heart here at the Pepperberg lab. This energy can be seen especially through the different research projects we’re currently working on. Countless publications ranging from “Alex and Me” to several interviews to published

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“Tabula Rasa” at the Pepperberg Lab

Tabula Rasa: something new, fresh, unmarked, or uninfluenced. -The American Heritage New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy While the start of this year was by no means something completely fresh and unmarked, it did bring about fresh beginnings, positive energy, and endless possibilities. Since the last blog update, the Pepperberg lab faced a

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Raffle Winner! …and a fun new addition to the gift shop.

In the last blog post, we let you all know about our latest donation of beautiful artwork to the lab—a pencil drawing of Alex by wildlife artist Kristyn Janelle. We decided to raffle this wonderful work to you, our supporters, and as always your response was incredible.

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Giving to The Alex Foundation

Here are two great ways to support The Alex Foundation: First: Once again this year Andy Sterner will match all individual gifts to The Alex Foundation which it receives between now and January 5, 2013 up to a total of $10,000! All you have to do to

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Happy Hatchday, Wart!

Since a birthday is such a uniquely human construction, we’re pretty sure Wart, who is 14 years old today, doesn’t know why we’re making a big fuss over him. But animals, like humans, do respond positively to affection and attention, so we always take the opportunity on

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And the Winner Is…

On September 6, the 5th anniversary of Alex’s death, we concluded our raffle of this gorgeous watercolor painting by artist Arlene Powers: The painting is a tribute to Alex, a portrait of him, with the one red feather that stood out from the grey on this neck.

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5 Years Later…

September 6 is the 5th anniversary of Alex’s death. Many members of the lab staff who knew Alex—many of whom are always students—have graduated and moved on by now. Most of us who work at the lab now have only heard stories of Alex’s strange intelligence from

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The Last Study

It is easy, and always has been, to look down from the height of our accomplishments and feel that the rest of creation, non-human life, is far below us. It is easy to be anthropocentric, to feel that we are a “pinnacle” of evolution. That’s where labs like the Pepperberg Lab, and other organizations that study animals and their cognition, come into play. Sure, we built this city and that city—but the pigeons winging through the streets have capabilities, whole senses and potential comprehensions, that we still struggle to understand. And when it comes to our own abilities, we’re constantly finding that we’re not so alone after all.

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