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