Diane Grindol grew up in Rolling Meadows, Ill., in a 1950’s postwar planned community where most of the streets were named after birds. She attended college in Fulton, Mo., spending her junior year abroad in Nantes, France. Diane moved to the Monterey Peninsula on California’s Central Coast in 1982, where she acquired a gray cockatiel hen named Dacey, her companion for the next 22 years. She raised seven generations of Dacey’s chicks and exhibited some of them in bird shows.
Dacey inspired Diane to write for the American Cockatiel Society, American Cage Bird Magazine, the American Federation of Aviculture’s magazine’s AFA Watchbird and eventually Bird Talk magazine. She briefly published Bird World Magazine in the 1990s. Diane wrote Bird Talk magazine’s “Small Birds” column from 1988 until the magazine ceased publication in 2012.
Her passion for educating bird owners resulted in numerous bird leaflets and fliers, in talks given to bird clubs and at seminars, and eventually led to writing books. She is author of Cockatiels For Dummies®, and co-authored “Birds Off The Perch,” “Parrot Tricks” and “Teaching Your Bird to Talk,” as well as a few other bird-care books. Diane self publishes books, the most recent being a series of books featuring haiku poems and her photos of pets, including Dogku, Catku, Birdku and Horseku.
Diane resides on the Monterey Peninsula with several cockatiels, a canary and a blue-headed Pionus parrot. She has been a full-time pet sitter since 2002.