Dear friends and supporters of The Alex Foundation,

Several weeks ago, we wrote to you about the Sterner Matching Challenge, in which the generous Mr. Sterner agreed to match up to $10,000 in donations made by July 5th. The Challenge has drawn to a close, with a donation total of $7,434 during this period. Mr. Sterner will match this donation, to a total of $14,868. We are amazed and touched by the efforts of our community to help us maintain our organization, to continue our research, to provide the care that Griffin, Wart, and our employees all deserve, and to keep educating the public on avian cognition and intelligence. We are so lucky to have such kindness and generosity, and we thank you deeply for your support.

Georgi Clemens Abbott, owner, with Neil Abbott, of Pickles the Parrot, met the Sterner Challenge with the Pickles the Parrot Challenge: all those who have donated during this period were entered into a raffle for five prizes. Pickles the Parrot, like Alex, Griffin, and Wart, is an African Grey parrot with an extensive active English vocabulary, whose everyday antics can often be found chronicled in Good Bird Magazine and in three published story compilations: Pickles the Parrot, Pickles the Parrot Returns, and Pickles the Parrot Speaks.

Today, we spread the tickets out on the top of Griffin’s cage and had him pick the winners for us; Griffin usually investigates anything new in his environment, especially if it’s made of paper, and we had five winners selected in no time:

1st Prize: The Alex Foundation tote bag signed by Dr. Pepperberg ~ George Rowe
2nd Prize: Alex Memorial Pin ~ Scott Miller
3rd Prize: Alex Foundation Keychain ~ Mary Transue
4th Prize: Download of Ebook Pickles The Parrot ~ Chris Browder
5th Prize: Download of Ebook Pickles The Parrot Returns ~ Laury Smida
6th Prize: Download of Ebook Pickles The Parrot Speaks ~ Cheryl Haynes

Griffin with Mary Ternsen’s raffle ticket.

If you are among the winners, please contact us in the comment section below, or message us on our Alex Foundation Facebook page to claim your prize. Thank you once again for your donations and continued support of the Foundation.


But that’s not all! Avian and wildlife artist Arlene Powers has donated a striking original watercolor portrait of Alex the parrot. The piece, titled Unforgettable, is a 30”x 22” painting on Arches cold press paper, matted for a 36”x 30” frame. September 6, 2012 is the 5th anniversary of the day Alex passed away. To commemorate this day, we are holding a raffle, the winner of which will receive this original work of art.

Unforgettable by Arlene Powers

Tickets for the raffle are $5.00 each or 5 for $20.00 and can be purchased here. The winner will be selected on Alex’s anniversary, September 6th. Deepest thank yous to Arlene Powers for her donation of such a beautiful, vibrant work of art!

Finally, after working out some technical difficulties, the Alex Foundation gift shop is online once again! We thank every one of you for your continued support, and look forward to hearing from you on our Facebook page and in the comments here on the blog. The next post will be about our most recent published research, based on data collected from Alex in the weeks before he passed away.


[author] [author_image timthumb=’on’][/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. Thank for updates Megan, Go Corknuts Go!!!! Thank you everyone at the lab for all your hard work and supporting Dr. P.

    Cindy L

  2. Ooops! I somehow missed out on the Sterner Matching Challenge! So sorry! I’ll be sure and buy some raffle tickets!



  4. Congratulations to all the winners! What a wonderful amount of money! Thank you to Mr. Sterner for his very generous donation.
    It looks like Griffin chose some lucky winners.
    Keep up the good work to everyone included in the Alex Foundation!

    Cryste & Gus

  5. Wow!! I can’t believe it! I NEVER win anything, and now I am graced with a truly incredible prize. To say that I am touched and surprised doesn’t even begin to cover things, especially since my only intent was to provide some support for Dr. P, her research, and, of course, those incredible grey birds.

    The tote bag can be mailed to my attention at: 16814 Paynes Creek Drive, Cypress, Texas, 77433.

    Thanks again!

    George Rowe and Rose(TAG)

  6. Thanks and please mail to 3721 Heritage Dr. Billings Montana59102

  7. i have a orange winged amazon,my question is about feeding,i use a juicer and wondered if my parrot can eat the mulch left behind,we tried him with the juice but he wont drink it.thanks in advance.

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