What We Believe In

We are committed.

Compassionate Care
We believe every life is sacred, and the tiniest budgie deserves the same love and care as a macaw.
Five "F" Needs
Birds living in captivity need and deserve: Fresh food, Flight, Foraging opportunities, Flock, and Freedom to be themselves.
Food is Medicine
Food can support health or destroy it. We believe in focusing on fresh, natural and living foods instead of over-processed and convenient.
Serving Others
We have some lessons to learn from birds - primarily that we are all stronger as a flock, when we work together for the good of the birds we love.

Our Testimonials

Marden's Ark

The loving care given at Marden's Ark is amazing! I am honored to support this terrific rescue!Donna Weidartvia Facebook,
I simply can't say enough good about Marden' s Ark! Dee is simply an amazing woman, and cares so much about not only the birds under her care, but also the birds belonging to other people.Chris Chaffinvia Facebook,
What an amazing place with loving caring people doing a fantastic job!! My beloved Skye is with them, and he loves them!!Debbie Boylevia Facebook,

About Marden's Ark

Changing the world for companion birds, one heart, one mind, one bird at a time.

Marden's Ark was incorporated in the state of North Carolina on April 4, 2014 and we received our Letter of Designation as a 501(c)(3) non-profit on July 25, 2014. Since that day, we have taken in birds needing shelter and care, worked to educate people on the complex needs and realities of living with companion birds, assisted families with difficulties in keeping their birds, helped solve relationship issues between human families and their birds, and advocated for continual improvement in standards of care for companion birds.

What We're Talking About

Evidence-based Best Practices for Love, Care and Feeding of Companion Birds



There are many people who find sprouting intimidating. But it doesn’t have to be that way. Sprouts are a healthy option for your birds’ diet and are easy to prepare with a
By : DeAnna Hicks, RN | Apr 6, 2019

What about “Pet Food”?

In years past, the concept of what to feed a companion parrot was typically limited to bags of “bird seed” mixes of dubious ingredients and quality. Most were “animal feed” grade offerings,
By : DeAnna Hicks, RN | Jan 5, 2019

Keep it clean!

Let’s start out by discussing aseptic technique. What is that? Well, it means, without germs. Aseptic technique eliminates as many pathogens (illness-causing organisms) as possible. Why is that important? When you are
By : DeAnna Hicks, RN | Jan 4, 2019

In Season?

What do we mean when we say we feed “in season”? It means we focus on what it ripe now, locally. All spring and summer long, we feed what’s currently ripening as
By : DeAnna Hicks, RN | Sep 1, 2018

Buyer Beware – for the sake of your birds

(Author’s note: This blog entry was originally published on March 20, 2017 on our standalone WordPress blog at avianrefuge.wordpress.com – link here – however since launching our new website, we have integrated
By : DeAnna Hicks, RN | Jul 25, 2018

Help! My bird won’t eat fresh foods!

We hear this quite often from those who have tried feeding fresh food only to have it completely ignored. Our first answer is: “Don’t give up!” Persistence is important, but probably even
By : DeAnna Hicks, RN | Jun 20, 2018

What’s in store?

Coming up – We will have posts on sprouting, posts on dehydrating, posts on baking healthy for birds, posts on quick shortcuts that still enable you to feed a healthy diet of
By : DeAnna Hicks, RN | Jun 17, 2018

Feeding the Flock, Chapter Two – The HOW

Our goal sounds simple: to provide proper nutrition for captive parrots. We’ve already covered why we don’t view manufactured pellets as an option. But how else can we provide “complete nutrition”? Before
By : DeAnna Hicks, RN | Apr 16, 2018

Feeding the Flock, Chapter One – the WHY

The bar has long hung very low in feeding companion animals. The “animal feed industry” has commonly been the profitable place to dump waste from human food processing. Ingredients like “wheat middlings”
By : DeAnna Hicks, RN | Apr 14, 2018

Welcome to Marden’s Ark

We are in the process of building and growing our new website. Please bear with us.
By : Brian | Mar 5, 2018

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