"Be Prepared" is the motto of the Boy Scouts, but all pet bird owners should also be ready to help our feathered kids just as we do our human children. At the July 27, 2014 general meeting of the OAS, one of our favorite avian vets, Dr. Carol Best of Best Friends Veterinary, will help us prepare for those emergencies every bird owner dreads.
Come ready to take notes, because you'll want to get everything together BEFORE the emergency strikes.
See you at 1:30 on Sunday, July 27 at the Hardesty Library.
The OAS fall Bird Fair is being planned for September 6, 2014. Persons who want space at the fair should download the Vendor Contract and return to OAS with payment before August 15, 2014 to ensure your favorite spot. Remember, if you've paid your 2014 dues, you'll get a discount for each table space you rent.
For our June 22nd meeting, we're bringing in expert Jason Crean to speak to us about how we can better care for our birds. I know you'll want to attend.
As aviculturists, we tend to focus a great deal on nutrition in the form of food. But what do our birds drink in the wild? They don't drink purified water... far from it. They actually drink tea in the form of rainwater catches, full of important compounds leeched from plants into these pools. This talk looks at the different health benefits of tea and how they can help you and your birds go from surviving to thriving.
Jason Crean is a biologist wearing many hats. An avid aviculturist and zoo consultant, specializing in the propagation of softbills like green aracaris and white-backed mousebirds, as well as avian nutrition and exhibit design, he is President of The Avicultural Society of Chicagoland, and moderates the Holistic Avian Care group on Facebook. Jason often speaks to avicultural groups and acts as a consultant to zoos and other institutions. He specializes in taking scientific research, like that of the genetics lab, and incorporating it into instructional materials to illustrate how science affects conservation. He also runs a live animal education program that does free interactive programs. Jason is a biology instructor at the high school and university level and a curriculum designer and instructor at Brookfield Zoo.
This month, Kathleen has chosen the theme of Evening in Paris. Although we aren't sure what that means, I'm sure she's got something fun planned.
And our guest speaker is Carol Gardner, a lover of small birds including finches and Linnies (Lineolated Parakeets) in particular. She has been a vendor at recent Bird Fairs, so you may already know her. This is an opportunity for our members who have the smaller parrots, canaries and finches to actively participate. Bring your questions, but not your birds to this April General Meeting.