StoryCorps Tampa Bay: The Language of the Birds

Oct 27, 2014

Michael Dalton and his wife, Patricia
Credit StoryCorps

Michael Dalton has done many things in his life – he’s been a teacher, an engineer, and a business owner. But about 20 years ago he stumbled into a new passion: training parrots to speak. Dalton didn’t have much experience with animals, so he came up with a different method of talking with his blue macaw, Arielle.

In this edition of StoryCorps Tampa Bay, Dalton speaks with his wife, Patricia, about his unusual and unique work with Arielle.

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This week's StoryCorps Tampa Bay was produced by Eric Mennel.

StoryCorps Tampa Bay airs every Monday on WUSF 89.7 at 8:35 a.m. during Morning Edition and at 5:44 p.m. during All Things Considered.