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.

Griffin is usually our assistant in raffle picks, and so he was this time. We wanted the tickets to be mixed beforehand to ensure that everyone got a fair chance, so we just gave the basket of pink tickets to Griffin. He promptly waddled on up and overturned the basket, scattering tickets everywhere. Problem solved. He’s a very useful and obliging bird.

Tickets properly mixed (and re-gathered into the basket), we let Griffin pick out the winning ticket himself, as you can see here. Can you read the name? Our winner of Arlene Powers’ original watercolor portrait of Alex is Jan Strong! Many congratulations to Jan, and we hope the painting makes your home a little brighter.

Thank you so much to everyone for participating, and especially to Arlene Powers for donating this beautiful work of art. We raised over $1,000 through this raffle, and that goes a long way towards caring for the birds, maintaining our space, and continuing research. Our work would not be possible without your contributions. We are blessed to have such a strong community supporting us, remembering Alex with us, and wondering with us over each new discovery as we work to understand avian minds.

And now our next announcement: Pre-orders on Life With Alex have begun! Are you excited for this new documentary on the life of Alex the parrot? Place your pre-order here, and the DVDs will start shipping on October 1st. We’re so happy to be sharing this new movie with you all.

Finally, we want to address a comment that was left on a previous blog by a reader concerned about Griffin’s feather-picking. Picking is a pervasive issue that plagues many captive birds; it has a psychological component, and is compulsive, much like nail-biting in humans. Once a bird starts picking, it can be very difficult to help them stop. We have been doing our best to reduce this behavior for many years, and believe us when we say that it is a constant concern of ours. Lately, you may notice Griffin looking worse than usual, unfortunately; he is being treated for a low-level bacterial infection at the moment. It’s not serious at all, but he does seem to be picking more during this treatment. We ask for your understanding as we continue to address this issue.

Congratulations to Jan Strong for winning the raffle, and thank you again, to everyone, for your continued support. And start looking forward to Life With Alex!


[author] [author_image timthumb=’on’]https://alexfoundation.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/05/Author-photo.jpg[/author_image] [author_info]Megan McGrath has worked with the Pepperberg Lab for several years. She is pursuing a career in research on animal cognition, communication, and perception. [/author_info] [/author]
  1. I love your writing style! Bless Alex, Griffin, and Wart forever!

  2. Through July 5, all donations to The Alex Foundation up to $10,000 will be matched by a generous donor. Your donation, in other words, would go twice as far to support the Foundation and Dr. Irene Pepperberg’s research. Just visit their new website and donate , or learn more about their work and the African Greys picking up where Alex left off.

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