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Sarasota is home to many species of birds, including the Yellow-Naped Amazon Parrot. One of over 300 species of parrots, its sociability and language skills make it a popular pet. (Note that it’s advisable to watch your language around these birds. They are good mimics!) It’s not, however, recommended that a young Yellow-Naped Amazon Parrot share a home with a child as the bird goes through a “bluffing” (or biting) stage for up to a year and a half that begins when the parrot is around four months old. Those beaks look awfully sharp.

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Paula Villegas

Paula Villegas is originally from West Seattle and recently moved to beautiful Sarasota. She is a Mural Newbie but has been an art admirer for years. "I love volunteering and giving back to the community in different ways. Always admired mural artists and the joy their paintings give to the community. I especially love Florida birds and wildlife. I was happy to volunteer painting these beautiful green parrots. I had pet birds growing up and I am in bird heaven now that I’m here in Florida."

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Nanette Crist

Nanette Crist is a retired lawyer who began blogging when she moved to Florida. It was an online diary of sorts, a way to keep track of her new life. It was also a good way to share her discoveries with friends and family outside the area. Over time, Nanette realized her writing makes her experience the world differently. She keeps an eye out for interesting things to write about and then delves more deeply into them as she crafts her words. It's all about telling the story. Nanette's blog can be found at