My name is Elaine and I have been working with birds for more than 15 years, growing up as an assistant in my mother’s canary and small parrot breeding programs, and later as the co-owner of Welcome Wings Aviary, which I manage with my father, Stephen. I am actively involved in breeding and raising Green-Cheeked Conures, Quaker Parrots, Lineolated Parakeets, Pacific Parrotlets and American Budgies. I also enjoy collaborating with other breeders to introduce new genetics to Canada.
In addition to birds, my other passion is for dogs. I study and employ methods of positive reinforcement to train dogs for competitive performance sports including Agility, Obedience, Scent Detection and Freestyle Disc. Training methods used in my work with dogs are the foundation of my positive choice-based training methods with birds. A lifelong learner, I believe animals have so much to teach us if we are good listeners.
I take great pride in offering an environment that is both mentally and physically stimulating to my birds, drawing influence from their native habitat. In an effort to share this mission with other bird owners I opened The Flock Shop, an online bird specialty store dedicated to providing the safest all-natural bird perches and swings available on the Canadian market today.
Most importantly I’m here to help you build a more trusting and mutually enriching life with your feathered companion at all stages of their life — whether a brand new addition to the family or a mature feathered friend.