MARCH 24, 2013 – ROBIN SHEWOKIS SPEAKING

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At the next OAS meeting on Sunday, March 24, nationally known speaker, Robin Shewokis will make a presentation to the members and guests of OAS.  We'll gather at 1:30 for snacks, then have a short business meeting before Robin takes the podium.  See you there?

RobinShewokisPhotoBio

World renowned bird behavioral expert Robin Shewokis is the owner of The Leather Elves, a company that designs and manufactures enrichment devices for animals in captivity. Since 2000, Robin has consulted at zoos in the U.S., Canada and Holland and has distributed enrichment products worldwide.

Robin regularly speaks at parrot clubs, providing workshops teaching ways to create a stimulating environment. She also develops new products for parrots that will stimulate naturalistic behavior. Robin has published articles on enrichment in national and international publications. She has also produced a DVD titled "Enriching Your Parrot's Life."

Robin is a member of The American Association of Zookeepers where she advises the behavioral husbandry committee. She currently serves on the board of The International Association of Avian Trainers and Educators and chairs their enrichment committee.

Another Successful Bird Fair

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Our most recent production--Spring Fling--happened on Saturday, March 2.  There were over 500 paid admissions to visit with the 40 vendors from across the country who brought all the things a bird could want, plus birds to add to your family.  If you missed it, I'm posting some pictures of the day's events.

Crowd in hallway Shoppers in LJO boothMacaws & cages for sale

As you can tell, there was a lot to see and experience.  If you made this show, plan to come to the Fall Fair in September, and bring your friends and family!

I want to take a moment to acknowledge all the work (blood, sweat and tears included) that the volunteers put in to make these fairs the quality that they are.  The Board members, particularly, were the bones and major contributors of their time and energy.  And that is particularly important to note when one considers that the median age of the seven current Board members is over 50, and we've had some health issues to overcome.  But because it is important to us that these fairs continue to offer the public the opportunity to find a new avian member of the family, to upgrade that bird's cage and toys, or to buy bulk products, we put forth that effort.

Now the fact that the current board is older is no reflection on the age of people who are invited to be members of the club.  We welcome everyone who is interested in caged birds, whether finches or Macaws, to be a part of this organization.  The funds we raise from these all-volunteer (no one is paid) events go to bring top-notch speakers who specialize in various bird species and concerns to our monthly meetings, to send representatives to the national AFA conventions, and to donate to organizations which promote the health and well-being of pet birds, and the welfare of wild birds and their habitats.

Visitor w-member black palm cockatoo

Some of our members brought their pets to the fair.  The Black Palm Cockatoo is one of the most exotic that we've seen, but by no means the only special member of our bird family.  We have members with Hyacinth Macaws, a variety of cockatoos, African greys, and other smaller parrots, and those birds sometimes come to our monthly meetings.

So, again, if you missed this fair, please put the September fair on your calendar.  It's Saturday, September 7, and will be held at the same Green Country Event Center.  And while you're marking your calendar, Sunday, March 24th is our next meeting.  Our guest speaker is Robin Shewokis, a nationally known speaker (one of those we bring in with funds from the fairs!).  Hope you will come hear her speak.  See you there!

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Oklahoma Avicultural Society (OAS)

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You have just landed on the home branch of the Oklahoma Avicultural Society! We're glad to have you here! Stretch your wings and stay a while.

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Kaytee Product Recall : February 2013

 

There's a product recall for Kaytee products due to the potential of salmonella. Get info on all affected products at link below:
http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20130219007144/en/Kaytee-Recalls-Bird-Treats-Greens-Due-Salmonella

Please note that while Kaytee has not had any positive Salmonella results on finished product to suggest possible contamination, they are initiating this recall in accordance with FDA guidelines as a precaution.

February General Meeting

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On Sunday, February 24, come join the OAS bird lovers while we carry on Mardi Gras.  We'll have various snacks and socialize starting at 1:30, have a brief business meeting at 2:00, then get information from Soft Landing Parrot Rescue on alternatives for when a parrot needs to be rehomed.

Among the items in the business portion of the meeting will be the final preparations for the upcoming Spring Fling Bird Fair on March 2.  This is the last meeting before the fair, so we need members to come sign up for the various activities that make this club's semi-annual events the best in the region.  Many things have already been done by the Board, but live bodies make it easier to cover the eight hours of the show, plus set up and clean up.  Please check your calendar to know what times you can help.

And speaking of the Fair, we are always grateful for items to be raffled at the big raffle table.  Remember they don't have to be bird related, even though there are often donations from the vendors of everything from cages and toys to seed and pellets.  But some of the items from the past that have received the most interest have included jewelry, decorating accessories and other non-bird stuff.  And the Club Table will have a Kindle Fire for raffle too.

Looking forward to seeing you on Sunday, 2/24 and at the Fair on Saturday, 3/2.

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