AFA in Brief

March 2014

Editor - Julie Corwin

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The American Federation of Aviculture, Inc.
(AFA) is a nonprofit national organization established in 1974, whose purpose is to represent all aspects of aviculture and to educate the public about keeping and breeding birds in captivity. AFA supports public and private programs that are designed to support conservation of birds in the wild.
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Not an AFA member yet? Want to learn more about AFA? www.afabirds.org
We’d like to invite you to join the AFA and enjoy all the benefits we offer!
http://www.afabirds.org/membership.shtml.
Visit our Facebook page: American Federation of Aviculture https://www.facebook.com/pages/American-Federation-of-Aviculture/202528641356
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Did you know that AFA is run by volunteers who donate their time, travel and all expenses for each AFA function they attend? Learn more about the dedicated people on the Board of Directors, Committee Chairs, and other members here in the AFA in Brief issues.
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FOA Challenge— Attention Affiliated Clubs: The Coastal Bend Companion Bird Club in Corpus Christi, Texas is doing their part for avian education. They are reimbursing the course price for their members who enroll and graduate from the AFA Fundamentals of Aviculture online classes. Enroll your members today at www.fundamentalsofaviculture.com
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Welcome to our newest Members
International Member -- Tony Sanchez Commercial Members -- Parrot Perch LLC, Spring Oaks Aviary Family Members – Elizabeth Davis, Forever Feathers, Debbie Flowers Individual Members – Thorn Skeesick, Becki Rasar, Clinton Leoppard, Irving Santiago. Alex Mendosa
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Give the gift of Education!
Sponsor a membership for those that cannot afford it, or for younger people to become more interested in aviculture. Simply pay for a membership online www.afabirds.org and place “sponsored membership” in the comment field. Memberships are assigned to those that express interest but admit they cannot afford to join.
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Become an AFA Corporate Sponsor Today!
Platinum, Gold, Silver & Bronze Sponsorship Packages Available. http://www.afabirds.org/
Special Thanks to our Corporate Sponsors:
Silver—Nancy & Joe Speed
Bronze – Orange County Bird Breeders
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Become an AFA Individual Sponsor Today!
Diamond, Ruby, Sapphire, Emerald, and Pearl Level Individual Sponsorships are now available. Individual sponsorships range from $100-$500. Contact the AFA Office for Details: mailto:afaoffice@afabirds.org.
Special Thanks to our Individual Jewel Sponsors:
Sapphire: Evelyn Candalaria, M&D Bird World Pearl: Pat Pecora, Daria Feinstein, Concetta Ferragamo, Lanette Raymond, Linda & Bill Nichelmann, Shawn & Virgil Augustine, Andy Sanford,
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Affiliate your club or organization for 2014! Club Affiliations are due now.
Whether you are renewing your club affiliation or your club is affiliating for the first time, all clubs must complete this form each calendar year. Affiliation forms, along with applicable fees, are due to the AFA Office by January 1st. Affiliations must be received by April 30th to receive all benefits. To affiliate your club for 2014, affiliate online or complete the attached form http://www.afabirds.org/affil_form.shtml and return it to the AFA Office, or for questions - contact the AFA Office: mailto:afaoffice@afabirds.org
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Attention Club Delegates: Make sure you membership is current before May 15th to be eligible to vote in the upcoming election.
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Attention Clubs--Sell $ 200 worth of Super 8 Tickets before the convention to earn $65 towards club affiliation for 2015. Super 8 raffle items pictures, descriptions and tickets are at http://afabirds.org/convention_index.shtml
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Helping clubs gain and maintain members: AFA membership committee has many resources to help affiliated clubs, including speaker information, flyers and more. The Aviculture Clover, and the Aviculture Clover Field posters were developed borrowing St. Patrick's method of communication that we all need each other, and have the same goal....A Future with Birds.
For more information email Membership@afabirds.org
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Member Benefit: Pay attention to the ever growing “Member to Member Advantage Program” (AFAM2M). These commercial businesses are offering the 10% off discounts to AFA members like you!
Member to Member participants are: 8 Beaks, 14K Parrot, ABC Birds, Avitech Exotic Birds LLC., Bird Toys Etc., Birdie Boutique, Birdie Britches Bird Toys, Cedar Hill Bird Store, Chopmist Hill, Graham’s Bird Toy Creations, Hangall Etc., Harvest Pride Inc., Jewelry by Dawn, Kikos Toy Chest, King’s Cages, Leather Elves, Parrot Ambassadors, Parrot Safari Toy Factory LLC, Parrot Toys USA, Spoiled Bird Toys, TGI Clean Air & Water, Varietees Bird Shop Inc., Wingin It Aviary
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New Conservation Program---- Ears for Lear’s
For every donation of $10 or more, receive a packet of genuine heirloom Blue Hopi Corn seeds for your home garden. Every time you look at your Blue Corn, you'll be reminded of how much we can accomplish when we work together to help parrots in the wild.
Become an AFA Conservation Partner----Donations of $1000 or more qualify you as an official AFA Conservation Partner. You will be recognized in the AFA Watchbird Journal and on the AFA website in our Conservation site pages.
Interested persons or organizations should contact Rick Jordan by email at AFAOffice@AFABirds.org.
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Join us to celebrate the 40th Annual AFA Convention in Portland, Oregon. July 30 – August 2, 2014 at the Holiday Inn and Conference Center Registration, Vendor applications, and more information is available at http://afabirds.org/convention_index.shtml.
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Lory League Bird Show at the AFA Convention: Saturday, August 2nd, 2014 Co-Sponsored by: National Finch and Softbill Society and Triangle Bird Club Divisions include: NAPS, NFSS, and a Junior Class For more information contact: Julie at blconnection@hotmail.com or 206-501-7428
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Affiliated Club Meetings: AFA thanks Linda Rubin for her years of Service as the Specialty Director, Julie Corwin will be acting in that position through the convention this year. If your organization would like to hold a meeting at the convention, please contact Julie at blconnection@hotmail.com or 206-501-7428.
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Agenda for the Convention:
Wednesday, July 30th—House of Delegates Meeting (members welcome), side trip to the Portland Zoo, President’s Reception ~ Meet and Greet, Fun Contests.
Thursday, July 31st –Two speaker tracts all day, Vendor Hall opens to the public, Daily Raffle, Junior Avian Workshop, Affiliated Club Meetings.
Friday, August 1st—Two speaker tracts all day, Vendor Hall open to the public, Daily Raffle, Junior Avian Workshop, Legislative Workshop.
Saturday, August 2nd –Two speaker tracts all day, Vendor Hall open to the public, Daily & 3 day Raffle,
Lory League Bird Shows, Banquet, Awards Silent Auction Ends, Live Auction, Super 8 drawing
Sunday, August 3rd—Quarterly Board Meeting (members welcome), side trip to the World Famous Rose Gardens.
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We have added a new section to AFA in Brief and hope you enjoy it. Meet the Members. If you are willing to be featured in a future issue, contact Alycia at miraclemacaws@aol.com
Meet the Members
Name: Lewis “Buddy” Waskey
Member: American Federation of Aviculture
City and State: Colonial Heights, VA
Years in Aviculture: 15
How did you start: In the early 80’s
I lived in New Mexico. There was a bird store next door to me. I became very interested in birds and started out with Love Birds and Conures. Soon I got a baby Greenwing and I fell in love Macaws. I have had Macaws off and on for about 15 years.
What was your first bird:
Love Birds and Conures
What types of birds do you keep:
Macaws
What do you love most about the birds you keep?
I have been Free Flying Macaws now for nearly 5 years. Macaws in flight are just amazing to me. I enjoy seeing young Macaws develop their flight skills just as in the wild and expanding their skills to fly outside. Full flighted birds have very different personalities from unflighted birds.
Where do you see aviculture 10 years from now?
Free Flying Macaws is my number one interest now. I see Freeflight becoming very popular. The internet and social media has made Freeflight explode in the last 5 years. 10 years from now I see Freeflight as an accepted part of Aviculture Worldwide. I see proven and accepted Freeflight practices being one of the last key components to many species of birds recovering in their native environments. With the successful reintroduction of these species of birds, people will see the captive breeding population as a necessary safety net of conservation. We have sat by quietly for years with laws on the books that negatively affect the ownership of animals for pets and hobbies as well as food and entertainment being ignored by animal owners. I see the right to keep birds to being greatly challenged in the next 10 years. The right to own animals will have to continue to be of our main focuses in aviculture. For aviculture to survive we will have to educate ourselves as to how our government works and be more politically involved not only on a national level, but also locally and on a state level. Aviculture’s involvement politically will need the backing and support of other animal groups as well as other political groups that defend individual rights.
If you could keep only one species of bird what would it be?
Blue-Throated Macaw. They are the most intelligent of the Macaws. In flight the Blue-Throated Macaw is the most graceful of the Macaws.
If you could give one piece of advice to someone interested in birds what would you tell them?
Join the American Federation of Aviculture, other local clubs and educate yourself to all laws and proposed legislation that can affect your ownership of birds and animals.
What other pets do you keep?
Macaws and other Macaws.
You are stranded on an island, what is the one thing you would want to have with you? Why?
A fully flighted Blue-Throated Macaw. If you have a Blue-Throated Macaw what else do you need?
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Meet the Members
Name: Carol Woodson
Member: American Federation of Aviculture, Secretary
City and State: Richmond, Virginia
Years in Aviculture: 33
How did you start:
Growing up, my Great Aunt had budgies that talked! As a child, I was enamored with those birds. My first bird pet was a pair of Zebra finches. Next was a pair of Cockatiels, then an Amazon. The birds progressively continued to get bigger and louder! I joined a local bird club, then a state organization, many species specific groups, and AFA!
What was your first bird:
The first bird I ever handfed was a Congo African Grey, named Casper. My first actual pet was a pair of Zebra finches.
What types of birds do you keep:
All Psittacines.......for now..........!!
What do you love most about the birds you keep?
Oh goodness. A lot of things. Their personalities. Their individuality, even among the same species. The sounds they make. Their silliness! I started out as a pet owner, and gradually moved into breeding Cockatiels and several Amazon species. The hatching process is something to behold! Handfeeding can be time consuming, however, it is truly time well spent. Watching the babies develop, grow feathers and become their own "self" is very rewarding. Seeing the reaction of people that are not familiar with birds when they first touch or hold one is wonderful! Watching people in nursing homes and similar facilities enjoy the company of a bird, just touches my heart. Hearing a bird call one of my dogs....and the dog listening, is quite funny! Education is a must. Seeking out and finding avenues to educate and advocate is very important, and also a joy! All that, and there are a hundred more reasons........
Where do you see Aviculture 10 years from now?
I hope Aviculture is still a viable entity in 10 years. There is so much negative legislation threatening our hobby. We ALL need to work together. The people that don't want us to have our birds also don't want us to have dogs, cats, reptiles, hamsters, chinchillas, etc. The in-fighting needs to stop. We all have a passion for our animals. I think we tend to lose sight of that. We may not always agree on the best food, toys, cage or husbandry but we all have the passion to take the best care of our animals and to have them as part of our lives. Get to know your state legislators. Pay attention to all animal legislation in your area. Let's all work together to ensure a future with all of our pets. Our pets, children and grandchildren will thank you for it.
If you could keep only one species of bird what would it be?
There are so many choices. Today, I would have to say a Hyacinth Macaw.
If you could give one piece of advice to someone interested in birds what would you tell them?
They need to join AFA and other local and specialty clubs. Educate themselves. Ask questions. Get to know reputable "bird" people.
What other pets do you keep?
Dogs, cats and a rabbit.
You are stranded on an island, what is the one thing you would want to have with you? Why?
Well, probably my pocketbook!!! There is a ton of stuff in there........
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Contact information:
American Federation of Aviculture, Inc.
www.afabirds.org
PO Box 91717
Austin TX 78709-1717
Tel. 512-585-9800
Fax. 512-858-7029
email: afaoffice@afabirds.org