Our Programs:

Spread Your Wings!

We mobilize our team of volunteers to make a real difference. Join us and see what can be accomplished when you get an impassioned team to focus on true change for the betterment of the avian society.

Donation Allocation

Our amazing flock needs a new facility so we can better accommodate veterinary students, additional education facility for children and special conferences.  Most importantly, ensure our rapidly growing avian flock are properly cared for...


We feel that avian care and behavior helps people provide the best  environment for them to flourish. Therefore; we provide classes to medical students, grade school students and adult individuals to explore the history and care of these unique creatures.


Some of the seminars are focused toward our wild populations here in the Midwest and declining populations abroad.

Let's break it down!


Who We Are


Based in the Minneapolis/St. Paul (Twin Cities) area of Minnesota,  Midwest Avian Adoption & Rescue Services (MAARS) was founded in July  1999 to provide much-needed services for captive parrots and other  birds in the Midwest in cooperation with other local and international organizations.

What we do

MAARS is the oldest and largest organization in the Midwest providing  sanctuary, rehabilitation, education, and behavioral consultation services for our avian friends and their guardians. 

The Board of DirectorsConsultants, and other Volunteers of  MAARS have extensive experience working with exotic and indigenous  birds of many species. We are a no-kill, non-profit organization funded  solely through donations.

MAARS’ primary function is to care for the MAARS flock at our sanctuary, The Landing. On any given day, approximately 85 birds call The  Landing home. MAARS’ core mission is to educate the public and people  who already live with birds about proper bird care. We feel that  education about bird care and behavior helps people to provide the best  homes possible for the birds already in captivity. 

Why We Do It

Although birds are beautiful, intelligent, loving, and entertaining,  they can be very difficult and demanding in captivity. While  bird keeping remains a lifetime joy for some people, many are quickly  overwhelmed by the noise, commitment, expense, and mess involves.

Most captive-bred birds are still only a handful of generations out  of the wild. They are still wild animals that are still instinctively  programmed to lead lives that are very different from what humans can  provide in our homes. Some birds make the physical and mental transition  from the wild to captivity well, while many don’t, to varying degrees.  Many wild-caught parrots have been able to bond successfully with humans  throughout their lifetime — despite the terror and trauma of capture.

While hand-raising baby parrots — removing them from their parents  and raising them with human feeding and handling — may nurture the  development of desirable “pet” qualities, hand-fed baby birds often are  not properly socialized and/or do not receive adequate nutrition. Many  health and behavioral problems are the result of this disadvantaged  start in life.

Many birds — even hand-fed babies — lose their homes when their  adolescent hormones kick in, and their caretakers are frightened and  frustrated by their birds’ new aggressive behaviors. In the wild, these  adult social behaviors make sense, but in our homes, they present a  challenge. Many people are not prepared to lovingly nurture their parrot  through these changes, but opt, instead, to get rid of their first bird  and buy another cuddly, hand-fed baby. Parrot breeders are happy to  provide the (often) expensive replacements, and the cycle continues.

Adding further to the problem, parrots are potentially very  long-lived. This means that even a well-cared-for, well-adapted captive  parrot could require several homes throughout its lifetime if it  outlives its caretakers or their ability to care for it.

MAARS was created in response to captive parrots whose needs are not  being met: Those who will lose their homes because their loving human  caretakers become ill, start a human family, move, or experience another  life change. Those who are bought to serve only as living room  decorations, status symbols, or business mascots. Those who will be  “replaced” by a more handle-able baby when their adult instincts start  showing. Those who are born with or develop physical or mental health  problems in captivity. Those who will overwhelm a bird breeder or  collector with their numbers. Those who will be sentenced to languishing  in small filthy cages, never again to feel the sun polish their  feathers, or know the exhilaration of flight, or hear a loving voice.  Those whose hearts will ache with loneliness and whose minds will be  tormented by boredom and confinement. Those who are merely waiting to  die.

Since the founding of MAARS in July 1999, almost 1500 unwanted  parrots have come through our doors. More than 1400 birds have been  successfully placed into permanent homes. MAARS is currently a sanctuary  only facility and due to space and resource limitations, closed to new  intakes.

Although these numbers may seem high, they represent only one tree in  an entire forest of unwanted and unplaceable captive parrots and other  birds. The need for programs like MAARS is growing rapidly. The birds  desperately need us and your help!

Board of directors

Seth Lockner

– President

Galiena Cimperman

– Executive Director

Ashii Vrohidis

- Director of Development

Beth Hansen

– Director

Linda Pearl

– Secretary

James McCarthy, Esq C

– Director of Management / General Council

Chris Gannon

– Treasurer

Jaime Nalezny, DVM

– Veterinary Medical Director


Vicki Schulz, DVM – Veterinarian Consultant


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Julia Ponder, DVM, MPH – Associate Professor, College of Veterinary  Medicine University of Minnesota, Executive Director The Raptor Center 


Patty Finch – Animal Advocacy and Welfare Consultant


Krista Menzel – Web/Communications Consultant