July Meeting 2021


Topic: Virtual Boredom Buster Box Party!
ft. Robin Sullivan, The Leather Elves

Time: July 18, 2021, 1pm (EST)

Location: Online

 With limits on the numbers of people at gatherings getting together with like-minded bird people is challenging at best. The Leather Elves have the solution… Attend a Virtual Boredom Buster Box Party! 

In an effort to keep bird owners engaged and thinking about ways to enrich their feathered companions as we see the light at the end of the pandemic, the Leather Elves developed The Boredom Buster Box. Each box contains parts and assorted items to create at least 4 enrichment opportunities. People who have purchased boxes have reported that they have built between 7 and 10 toys. It all depends on your level of creativity! We also realize that clubs and other avian organizations have been unable to meet and in many cases are suffering financial setbacks due to the inability to meet and raise funds in the usual ways. After brainstorming a way to help with these issues The Leather Elves have created The Virtual Boredom Buster Box Party. 

Order your box online from www.theleatherelves.ecwid.com  by July 1. Go to the “parts” section, select your box size (box sizes are based on bird size not quantity…for example a cockatiel would need a small box while a macaw would need a large. It doesn’t change the number of opportunities in each box just the size of the parts) and head to checkout. Enter code BLC2020 to receive 5% off your order. Entering the code also helps identify which group you belong to. 

A Zoom meeting invitation will be sent to you the week before the meeting. On July 18 at 1PM Eastern sign in and as a group along with Robin Shewokis Sullivan, enrichment specialist, open boxes and discuss contents. No two boxes are exactly alike. Items will be discussed as to why they were included and then the group will share ideas for how to use the pieces. We will also have Q&A time for you to ask enrichment/behavior questions. This is a great opportunity to sharing ideas and experiences. The virtual party will last 1-1.5 hours as people tend to get antsy online any longer than that. 

As an added bonus for each box sold The Leather Elves will donate a portion of the sale price to the club. The more people who order boxes the higher the donation. In addition at the end of the Zoom meeting you will be given a code good for 15% off any item in The Leather Elves store valid until August 18, 2021

If you have any questions feel free to contact Robin at birdelves@aol.com.


Robin Shewokis Sullivan is the co-owner of The Leather Elves, a company that designs and manufactures enrichment devices for animals in human care.

Since 2000 Robin has consulted at zoos in the U.S.,Canada, Australia, New Zealand and Holland and has distributed enrichment products worldwide.

Robin regularly speaks at parrot clubs, providing workshops teaching ways to create a stimulating environment. She also develops new products for parrots that will stimulate naturalistic behavior.

Robin has published articles on enrichment in national and international publications.

Each Friday evening at 7PM Eastern Robin Co-hosts Friday Night Flock Talk on the Leather Elves Facebook page. This is a dialogue with Jack Pine from Hi Red Bird on a wide variety of avian related topics.

She has also produced DVDs titled "Enriching Your Parrot's Life" and “Get Your Bird Back.”

Robin is a past state coordinator for American Federation of Aviculture and she is a past president of The International Association of Avian Trainers and Educators.

She also serves on the board of National Parrot Rescue and Preservation Foundation.