Activities

Indian Summer Bird Fair Vendor Contract!

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The OAS fall Bird Fair is being planned for September 12, 2015.  Persons who want space at the fair should download the Vendor Contract and return to OAS with payment before August 15, 2015 to ensure your favorite spot.  Remember, if you've paid your 2015 dues, you'll get a discount for each table space you rent.

Bird Fair Vendor Contract 

Published in Activities, Bird Fair

June 22, 2014 – Tea for ‘Toos – (and other birds, too!)

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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.

JasonCrean

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.

http://www.mrcrean.com/bio.html

April 27, 2014 – Next General Meeting Theme “Evening in Paris”

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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.

Caple society finches                 Linnies

See you at Hardesty Library off the Creek Turnpike and Memorial.

 

Updates for Members

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The January 26, 2014 meeting will soon be here.

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The theme of the meeting is Dinner and a Movie.  We ask you to bring snack food to nibble on while we watch a DVD from our club library, GET YOUR BIRD BACK! WHAT TO DO WHEN A PARROT IS LOST.  This could be a bit of information you want to know if your bird escapes should you open a window or door as the weather becomes more pleasant.

Also please plan to renew your membership dues.  Our club fees are very reasonable, and help cover the expenses of this website, printing and mailing costs, and preparations and behind the scene expenses of the bird fairs.

And speaking of the bird fairs, the next one is Saturday, March 1.  Since they are completely covered by the volunteer efforts of the membership, we ask that you consider where you'd like to use your talents.  We'll need help on both Friday (set-up day) and from early (7:00 a.m.) through the end of the day (6:00 or later) on Saturday, the day of the fair, so there are many opportunities for you to share your time.  The more hands on deck, the easier it is on everybody, so please step up and sign up.

Finally, we are still unable to bring birds to the library for our meetings.  Contact is being made and hopes for our group to be allowed to again do what we've done for the last few years are high.  If you have any connections with either the Library Commission members or their legal representatives, please give information to Karen O'Brien.

On Wed. Nov 13 PBS will cover “UNWANTED PARROTS”, on their nature program. Program starts at 7PM central time. Have tissues ready!

This show will be heart breaking and eye opening. This is what animal rights groups use against us to prevent us from keeping our Feathered friends.

Everyone needs to be aware and become pro-active to prevent new legislation from becoming law. Join the AFA if you are not a member and sign-up for their email alerts. Write to your representatives to let them know you are concerned about animal rights but not to the point of removing all rights of pet owners. Either we become involved or we will lose a part of our life and liberty.