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‘Birds Befriended’ program enjoys colorful history

Program started in 2006

Photo by Jim Misunas Great Bend Tribune Roger Davison works with “Monty,” a white Cockatoo.

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By Jim Misunas
LARNED — The first time the “Birds Befriended Program,” was offered to the Larned Correctional Mental Health Facility, it was turned down.
Five years later, the Birds Befriended Program is a shining light for LCMHF, which has shown remarkable success stories for inmates, who have changed into role models.   
Mike Cargill, director of Public Lands and an expert with over 30 years of experience with large bird species, proposed the development of a prison socialization program for macaw parrots which have been surrendered to the Brit Spaugh zoo. With an average lifespan of more than ...

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