From The Perch - Aviculture Today

A Podcast all about aviculture and all things companion birds.

August 2021…Let’s Get Back To It!

August 11th, 2021

B.D. and Jason talk about all that has gone on in the past Covid year... and discuss new things. They also talk about the downside of social media and using animals in social media for "likes" and as props. In the cast they also talk about Lara Joseph and The Animal Behavior Center's Parrot Project membership. The two talk about nutritional myths and the realities of sourcing your information on social media. Lots of good stuff in this episode! 

Reading Parrots! Yes, it’s True! with Jen Cunha

July 31st, 2020

You might have seen the phenomenon of parrots reading on the internet! B.D. and Dr. Jason sit down with Jen Cunha and find out all about the cognitive abilities of our feathered companions and if they can indeed learn to read and communicate in new and exciting ways. You don't want to miss this episode!


Here is a link to Jen Cunha's website:

Summer Catch Up with B.D. & Dr. Jason

July 9th, 2020

Catch up with Dr. Jason and B.D. They discuss changes in their lives, moving, new products and traveling with your birds this summer season!  

*We do not own the copyright to music used in this episode*

Please visit Royal Avian for the Buffet Ball described in the podcast.

Bernie from Sugarcreek Bird Farm

October 21st, 2019

What a great episode with a lot of information!  Jason and B.D. welcome Bernie from Sugarcreek Bird Farm, an amazing store in Bellbrook, Ohio.  Learn about the new and ever changing methods of some avian stores, who are dedicated to offering you the best quality products and educational opportunities!  

Lara “The Illustrious” Joseph is back!

September 19th, 2019

Lara "The Illustrious" Joseph is back! Yep, WE named her "The Illustrious!" Jason (who braves Los Angeles freeway traffic to catch a flight and does this cast from his rental car) & B.D. talk about sunshine, Lara's new cockatoo from #BestFriends in Moab, and the process of working with him.  Theres also other topics and ramblings, but when you get these three together, anything can happen!  

Special Guest Robin Shewokis

April 3rd, 2018

Dr. Jason Crean and B.D. Butler chat with Special Guest Robin Shewokis in the new format for From The Perch.  FTP now allows listeners to be a "fly on the wall" and feel like the conversation, more intimatley and with less production and flash.  This episode is all about Hormones, Enrichment, Bird Talk Magazine, Foraging and much much more!  

#FromThePerch #GildedFeatherFoundation #JasonCrean #RobinShewokis #LeatherElves #GreywoodManor

FTP Northwest Bird Expo Edition

June 21st, 2017

In this episode B.D. and Jason talk about production issues, and why it took so long for this episode to happen.  They are also joined by Lara Joseph from The Animal Behavior Center and Parrot Nation's Patricia Sund.  Topics are discussed, and laughed about in the all new format of FTP.  Enjoy!

AFA President Jamie Whittaker & APEC Ex Director Caroline Efstathion

July 30th, 2016

This is the 1st anniversary episode of FTP!  This episode Jason and B.D. chat about Jason's Ed.D title and what to call Doctor Crean.  They talk with AFA President about the AFA, the AFA conference in Connecticut and a little about coming together as a unified avicultural world.  Then they are joined by the creator and executive director of APEC Caroline Efstathion and learn all about this unique non-profit which is not only helping parrots but bees as well.  

From The Perch : Episode 8 with Guest Lara Joseph

June 7th, 2016

It's been way too long!  Everyone finally got coordinated and were able to do another podcast and bring back one of our favorite guests, Lara Joseph from The Animal Behavior Center.  This episode we touch on Jason winning the Apple Award (1:08:30), tips on if your bird decides to escape and why Greywood Manor Tea Blends are beneficial for adding wellness to your birds.  At then end of the show we interview the illustrious Lara Joseph and chat with her about the many ways you can take seminars from her, the amazing four day event coming in October, her work at local zoos and variations of training and behavior (and lots more).  

**disclaimer** there were some sound glitches during some of the segments, we are fully aware and apologize.  We also appreciate your understanding while we continue to improve our show and it's content.  

The Holiday Episode with Special Guests - Dr. Peter Sakas & Dr. Melissa Shelton

December 3rd, 2015

This is the Holiday Episode with Dr. Peter Sakas, who will talk about the hazards of the holidays and other rooms in the house.  Then B.D. and Jason talk a little about Gwen Stefani getting a bird and upcoming holiday events.  Dr. Melissa Shelton from animalEO joins the pair and discusses a controversial topic,  essential oils and their therapeutic value for your birds.  Don't miss the final episode for 2015!  

The Super Sized Episode!

October 23rd, 2015

Jason and B.D, are back for a super sized episode with two of aviculture's major contributors!  Firstly they get down to revisiting the weekend training seminar at the Animal Behavior Center then they revisit everything Seattle Parrot Expo, and they talk about Greywood Manor a new herbal tea company for your pets.  Then it's LIVE to Seattle Parrot Expo for an interview with Dr. Irene Pepperberg from the Alex Foundation!  After that it back to in studio with the one and only world famous animal trainer Barbara Heidenreich.   Its a super sized episode that had to be counted as TWO!  This episode will educate, entertain and is certain to ruffle some feathers.  Enjoy and please subscribe!  

Debbie Goodrich and Enrichment Specialist Robin Shewokis

September 14th, 2015

On this episode of From The Perch, Jason and B.D. talk about a woman who left her 32 cockatiel a substantial trust fund and chat with Flight Club Foundation's Debbie Goodrich about the  4th annual Seattle Parrot Expo. The guys also then delve into a fans request to chat about first aid kits for birds, what's in them and where to get them.  At the end of the show, they are joined by the one and only president of IAATE, Robin Shewokis and talk about the world of avian enrichment.  It's a great show, with lots of personality and laughs. 

Special Guest Dr. Karen Becker

September 3rd, 2015

On Episode 3, Jason and B.D. discuss hot topics including a HuffPost Green Article entitled, "Parrots are Terrible Pets - So Get A Cat Instead". Ever thought about traveling with your birds?  Get info here! They also get down to the nitty gritty about sprouting and are joined by avian vet, Dr. Karen Becker from  This episode has a LOT of great information!  Enjoy!

Special Guest Patricia Sund

August 25th, 2015

This episode Jason and B.D. talk about the AFA convention, raw diet diversity, tea for your birds and a very special interview with Parrot Nation's Patricia Sund.  

From The Perch - Aviculture Today Episode 1 With Special Guest Lara Joseph!

August 7th, 2015

Episode 1 with Jason Crean and B.D. Butler, we discuss the topics of "so, you think you want a bird" and the scandalous topic, "seed vs no seed diets" and a great interview with the amazing animal trainer Lara Joseph from the Animal Behavior Center.

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