Editor - Carol Lee
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.
We’d like to invite you to join the AFA and enjoy all the benefits we offer!
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If you would like more information on becoming an AFA member, please go to http://www.afabirdinfo.weebly.com/ to get to know us better and learn how. Announcing the AFA Event calendar Send your events to Events@AFABirds.org with dates, times, contact info, website (if you have one) and we will list it on the AFA calendar online. This is for affiliated organizations only!
***New*** Our Membership Committee is undergoing exciting changes. Be on the lookout for your official and beautiful AFA membership cards coming out in 2013! Why carry an AFA membership card? Well, they are just too beautiful to not carry around with you. Pay attention to the ever growing “Member to Member Advantage Program” (AFAM2M). All AFA individual and commercial members will have their own personal membership card which will have their name and membership number on it. You will use your number to get your DISCOUNTS that are highlighted in the AFAM2M Program. Check out the most recent AFA Watchbird publication for the list of commercial businesses that are offering the 10% off discounts to AFA members like you! Simply contact that business and they will give you the discount. You will need your AFA Membership number which appears on your new AFA membership card. While you are waiting for your official AFA membership card, you can simply get your membership number off of your shipping label found on your latest AFA Watchbird Journal. Support our AFA commercial members. Concetta Ferragamo Northeastern Regional Director Membership Committee
Don't Miss Another Convention! Please Join Us in Raleigh, North Carolina in 2013! *New* Convention Payment Plan!!! Choose the plan that fits your budget and plan to attend. AFA Convention - August 7th - 10th, 2013 is in Raleigh, North Carolina The convention will take place at the Hilton North Raleigh/Midtown, Raleigh, North Carolina. For detailed information or to register online, go to: http://www.afabirds.org/convention_index.shtml. AFA is pleased to announce our keynote speaker for the 2013 convention is Mark Hagen, Mark is the Director of the Hagen Avicultural Research Intstitute ( HARI ), a division of Rolf C, Hagen Corp
AFA 2013 Approved Speaker List (Tentative, may change):
Antheunisse, Alycia - Pet Trade Made Profitable
Augustine, Shawna - LPS Lineolated Parakeets - Yesterday - Today -Tomorrow
Baker, Laurie - Top Causes of Death in Companion Parrots
Bermingham, Josee - Early Parrot Education Program
Bermingham, Josee and Melanie Allen - Parrot Caretakers Checklist: Essentials to provide a safe, healthy and enriched lifestyle
Buckley, CB - Evolution of the Perch
Burkett, Dr. Greg - Avian First Aid
Crean, Jason - Avian Biology Classroom: Update
Csaky, Kashmir - Improving the Dynamic in the Pet Bird Home
Degernes, Dr. Laurel Heavy Metal Poisoning in Birds - It Can Happen to Anyone
Efstathion, Caroline - Improving conservation of endangered parrots by the use of an integrated pest management scheme to protect nest cavities from invasive Africanized honey bees
Ferrara, Sue - The Salty Parrot Comes to Washington
Foote, Dustin - Lesser Flamingos at Sylvan Heights Bird Park
Franco, Madeline - 12 Things That As A Bird Owner I'd Rather Not Live Without
Gerwin, John - The Carolina Parakeet
Hoppes, Dr. Sharman - Avian Boraivirus - Positive: Now what?
Mock, Adrianne - You Want Me to Eat WHAT?
Niemann, Hila - It's All About Communication
Niemann, Naomi - *Kidz Program Cockatiels
Niemann, Rainer - The Hormonal Life of Parrots
Prochazka, Dr. Michal - Avian DNA Sexing
Rubin, Linda - New Nomenclature Affecting the Genetics of Cockatiel Color Mutations
Shewokis, Robin - Extreme Makeover: Avian Edition
Shulz, Irena - The Snowball Studies
Snipes, Kathleen - Parrot Foraging Habits in the Wild
Styles, Dr. Darrel - Mixed Old and New World Collections: Pros and Cons
Sweeney, Roger - Bird Populations in Zoos: The role of Scientific Advisory Groups. What are the opportunities for zoos to partner more effectively with private aviculture.
Sweeney, Roger - Building the Bird Collection at the Virginia Zoo
Trimnal, Emily - Keeping Up with Caiques
Van den Broek, Susan - The Unusual Among Us
Waugh, David - Natural and Assisted Reproduction
Waugh, David - Blue-throated Macaws in Bolivia: Challenges and Risks
Weigel, Rick - A Brief History of Parrots: The first 150 million years.
Your organization can get $65 off of 2014 affiliation and have a chance to win a 2014 convention registration! Any affiliated organization that sells $200 of super 8 tickets will receive $65 off of their 2014 affiliation fees. They will also be entered into a drawing for a free registration to the AFA 2014 convention in Portland, Oregon. The deadline to be in the convention drawing is July 31, 2013. The winner will be announced at the convention banquet. The affiliated organization will be given the registration to use as they choose. Download your tickets and start selling!
The Bird Clubs of Virginia have donated cash for shopping sprees with the vendors! Tickets will be on sale starting on Wednesday evening and the drawing will be held on Thursday at the vendor hall opening. First prize - $300 second prize - $200 and third prize - $100 Money will be awarded in vendor bucks only Thank You Bird Clubs of Virginia!
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.
Don't miss the fun at the convention on Wednesday night! Your organization can send a team to participate or attendees can sign up for a team on Wednesday night. Team events - Bling that cage! Iron Chop - The Ultimate Chop Challenge Individual Events - Make your bird a star! Send your video to convention@AFAbirds.org to enter your bird in the competition. Birds need not be present and winners need not be present. Email for instructions for files larger than 10 MB. Feather Match Challenge - Think you know your bird feathers? You can win this one. If you would like to donate feathers, contact Jamie at Convention@AFABirds.org
Super 8 tickets now on sale! You can download super 8 tickets from the website and mail them in to the office or bring to the convention with your payment. Tickets are $3 each or 8 tickets for $20 You can choose to enter for any of these prizes: 1. 3 days and 2 nights at Banana Bank Lodge in Belize (travel not included) Donated by John and Carolyn Carr 2. Framed original Eagle painting by Duane Raver Donated by Duane Raver 3. HP 15.6" Laptop with 4 GB Ram, Windows 8, and Microsoft Office (Home 2013) Donated by friends of AFA 4. Full registration for AFA 2014 Convention in Portland, Oregon including banquet dinner, and 4 nights at the convention hotel (travel not included) Donated by anonymous 5. Gold Owl Ring with Emerald Eyes and Diamond Ears Donated by Georgia Hayes 6. $500 Cash Card Donated by Mark Moore and Jamie Whittaker 7. A & E Java Tree Donated by A & E Cage Company 8. $500 of Kaytee Exact or Kaytee Rainforest Foraging Diet Donated by Kaytee Download your tickets now !
AVY AWARD NOMINATIONS by Linda S. Rubin AFA AVY Awards Chair The AVY Awards committee has received a nomination for the Blue-throated Macaw, Ara glaucogularis, for a Silver AVY Award in Category 1, “Most Progress for the Establishment of an Individual Species or Group of Related Birds,” claimed for the calendar year 2011. If you are aware of any other breeding of the Blue-throated Macaw, please contact the committee chair as soon as possible. The Committee is beginning to actively seek nominations for the year 2013. Deadline for all applications is December 31, 2013. Awards merited by the committee will be presented at the August 2014 AFA convention in Oregon. Award recipients need not be members of AFA, although nominations may only be made by AFA members. For further details on all award categories and rules, refer to the AFA Watchbird, or visit the website at http://www.afabirds.org and navigate to AVY Award Categories and Rules under the “Press” tab. All nominations and requests for applications must be sent to AFA AVY Awards Chair Linda S. Rubin at LSR@CockatielsPlusParrots.com.
We still have a few vendor spots available for the Expo portion of the convention. Contact Jamie for more information (Jamie.Whittaker@gmail.com)
Don't miss the Bird Shows on Saturday, August 10th at the Convention Hotel presented by Lory League. The Lory League Hookbill Shows are being Co-Sponsored by Triangle Bird Club of Beaumont, TX and Kaytee . Sanctioned Shows will include ALBS--African Love Bird Society, NAPS--North American Parrot Society, NCS--National Cockatiel Society, and SPBE--Society of Parrot Breeders & Exhibitors. There will also be a Junior Class where kids 16 and under show free, so bring the Family, and your birds, and come join the fun. For more information, contact Julie Corwin (Lory League) at email@example.com or by phone at 206-501-7428. Important Show information: Show Tags and Entry Forms will be available during Thursday night Specialty Meetings, Lory League Meeting and the Bird Show Meeting. Check the program or registration desk for time and location. Show Tags and Entry Forms will also be available in the Show Room on Friday evening during show set up and Meet and Greet. All Birds must be Checked In Saturday morning before 8:00 am for all show divisions. ALBS, NAPS, NCS, SPBE & Junior Class Contact Julie (Lory League) on site at 206-501-7428
If your organization would like a meeting room - at no charge - for Thursday night at the convention let Jamie know firstname.lastname@example.org. If your organization would like a table in the convention expo area the fee is only $100. Let Jamie know about that too, space is limited. There are many other ways to for affiliates to participate in the convention and let everyone know that they support AFA and a future with birds. Just call or email Jamie and she will give you the information. 281-217-0614 email@example.com AFA Essay Contest Ages 6 – 16 Winning Essay has been chosen for 2013 and will be announced soon. Plan now to send your entry for 2014. Free convention registration for the winner and an accompanying adult. Details at www.AFABirds.org For more information contact: Julie at firstname.lastname@example.org
The Junior Avian Workshop will be on Thursday morning and Friday morning at the convention. (August 8 - 9). The workshop is free for kids from 6-16 but reservations are encouraged. Space is limited. Contact Concetta Ferragamo for more information: email@example.com
Win a Garmin GPS and a paid AFA membership Send your North Carolina quarters to the AFA Business Office for a chance to win a new Garmin GPS navigation system and a one year membership in the AFA. The person that enters the most quarters will win the prize. Mail in quarters must reach the AFA Business Office no later than July 31, 2013. Quarters may also be entered into the drawing at the AFA Convention in Raleigh, North Carolina. Entries are cumulative, so start sending your quarters today. Be sure to include your name and address when submitting quarters. Mail to: AFA Quarter Challenge, P.O. Box 91717, Austin, TX 78709.
FOA - Fundamentals of Aviculture Level II “Introductory Prices” This course is amazing. The online classes are detailed, interesting, and extremely informative. You and your birds will benefit from these courses. The Intermediate Aviculture Course (FOA II) is offered in 15 chapters covering conservation and research, courtship and nesting, basic avian genetics, color mutations, hybrids, breeding stimuli, incubation, hand-rearing, non-parrot studies, basic microbiology, illnesses, first-aid, avian enrichment and more. Admission to this Level II course requires that all students complete Level I prior to enrollment, and that they be members of the AFA. The introductory admission fee for the Level II course is $75 for current AFA members. Non-members can qualify by purchasing a one year membership during admission. Courses are self-paced. No books or teachers. Visit http://www.fundamentalsofaviculture.com/ AFA DELEGATE NEWSLETTER Want to learn information in advance? Read the AFA Specialties & Affiliates Quarterly on the AFA Website. This AFA delegate newsletter is designed to keep you informed, with information especially for AFA Delegates. By loading each newsletter to the website, you can locate it easily and choose whether to open it or save it to your computer. Learn about upcoming convention activities and other AFA news in advance by checking the newsletters regularly. Visit the website at AFAbirds.org and click on “Affiliates” under the Membership tab; then click on “Specialty Resources.” You’ll find a selection of current and past issues available as .PDF downloads, the 2012 affiliation form, and other resources. Volume 3, No. 3 was released in April; with Volume 3, No. 4 was added in July. Or, visit this link for direct access: http://afabirds.org/specialty_resources.shtml. Selected AFA Specialties & Affiliates Quarterly newsletters are also found by clicking “News,” under the Press tab. The Press tab is designed to feature AFA public relations news directly to journalists and members of the media. Visit: http://www.afabirds.org/news.shtml. AFA Delegates: Do you have official affiliation news you wish to share? Are you an AFA Delegate with event information about your 2012 Affiliated Specialty or Club? Send it in to the newsletter to gain wider exposure. An added advantage: if AFA includes your affiliate’s ad in the newsletter, it may also be read by members of the press on the AFA News Page. Publishing deadlines are included in each newsletter. Submit your event flyer in .jpeg, .gif or .png format and send it directly to Specialty Organization Director Linda S. Rubin at Mailto:LSR@CockatielsPlusParrots.com.
NEW from AFA - Register Your Pets Today! AFA - Exotic Bird Registry Program http://www.afabirds.org/exotic_bird_registry.shtml Every year hundreds of pet birds are accidentally lost. Some are never recovered simply because the finder cannot identify who owns the bird. Birds registered in the AFA Exotic Bird Registry will be easily identified making contact and recovery easier.
Now available through AFA: AviMate - Bird Breeder Management Software for Windows AviMate Bird Breeder Software - Take control of your bird breeding records plus contact management, invoice generation, and expense tracking http://www.afabirds.org/avimate_productinfo.shtml. Download a working copy for a free 30 day trial.
We've Made Changes - AFA's Website Has Been Redesigned!!! Because of your feedback, there have been changes and additions to the website and more are planned! Also, you are now able to make purchases from the AFA website using your PayPal account! We hope you like it! http://www.afabirds.org
Announcing the AFA Event calendar Send your events to Events@AFABirds.org with dates, times, contact info, website (if you have one) and we will list it on the AFA calendar online. This is for affiliated clubs and organizations only!
AFA Disaster Relief ~New~ AFA's Disaster Relief Program is prepared to assist those who may be affected by natural disasters such as hurricanes, tornadoes, floods, wild fires and the like. The AFA disaster relief team has Regional Directors as well as State Coordinators in place and on stand-by at this time. If you become impacted by a natural disaster and need assistance or know of someone who needs help with their birds as a result of these events, please notify the Team as soon as possible. The Disaster Program is solely funded by donations from individuals, as well as Bird Clubs and Businesses interested in helping those affected. If you would like to help by making a donation, you may do so by clicking here http://www.afabirds.org/donation.shtml or by calling the AFA office at 512-585-9800. If you are available to assist in affected areas, please notify us, and we can direct you to the person where help is needed. You may contact the Disaster Relief Coordinator, Fred Smith at 863-858-6739 or by email at mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org.
Legislative Alert- the USFWS has proposed the listing of the Scarlet, Military, Buffon’s and Hyacinth Macaw under the U.S. Endangered Species Act. The listing of these four macaw species will mean that anyone desiring to sell a representative of this species across any State line will need to acquire a permit from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Additionally, under the Endangered Species Act, sales as pets are “not consistent with the intent of the law” and therefore will most likely be denied. Your AFA legislative committee has made comment on this important issue. To read the AFA’s official response, go to: http://www.afabirds.org/pending_legislation.shtml. A few months ago the AFA was successful in getting a “Special Rule” installed under the act for all captive Moluccan cockatoos bred and/or traded within the United States. No interstate commerce permits are required for commerce with this species despite the fact that it is now listed as “threatened” under the United States Endangered Species Act. This is a major accomplishment for AFA, conservation, and aviculture nationwide. Notice: The USFWS has now announced its proposed listing of the Blue-throated Macaw under the U.S. Endangered Species Act. The announcement and call for comment was published in the January 11, 2013 Federal Register. AFA encourages you to make comment through the U.S. government portal. Encourage the USFWS to evoke the Special Rule for all captive-bred representatives already here in the United States.
AFA Board Meeting: 3rd Quarter Board Meeting: Held during the AFA Convention, on Tuesday, August 6th at the Hilton-North, Raleigh, N.C.
Attention Watchbird Contributors - Past and Present We need your help! The American Federation of Aviculture, Inc. (AFA) is attempting to preserve the history of AFA and of Aviculture since the start of AFA, by digitizing the Watchbird issues to be accessible on our website. Please contact Mary Ellen LePage by email at mailto:email@example.com to acquire a release form, or contact the AFA business office at mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org.
2009, 2010, 2011, and 2012 AFA Convention DVDs! Selected videos of presentations from the 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012 AFA Conventions are now available on DVD from the AFA Store! Proceeds from the sale of these DVDs help further AFA's efforts in Conservation and Research, and are a great addition to your library of educational material. Quantity discounts apply. Visit the AFA Store for more information. http://www.afabirds.org/dvds.shtml
Have You Been to the AFA Store Lately? CITES Pin number 28, featuring the Caique, is now available. Order yours today and keep your sets complete. All CITES pins can be purchased online at http://www.afabirds.org/ and follow the links to the store. CITES Pin #28 featuring the Black-headed Caique will definitely be sold out soon. Quantities are very limited. Get yours today at the AFA Store. Browse all the categories which include Convention DVDs, Convention Proceedings, Ceramic Tiles, Leg Bands, Magnets, Shirts and more! American Federation of Aviculture is now on Facebook Check us out! Become a fan! http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/American-Federation-of-Aviculture/202528641356?ref=search&sid=1045015622.1239114812..1
JOIN AFA TODAY! Apply for corporate or individual membership here: http://www.afabirds.org/membership.shtml. Your donations help the AFA meet its commitments to the avicultural community. Please donate to the AFA today: http://afabirds.org/donation.shtml Become an AFA Corporate Sponsor Today! Platinum, Gold, Silver & Bronze Sponsorship Packages Available. http://www.afabirds.org/ 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:email@example.com. Affiliate Your Club for 2013! 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 2013, affiliate online or complete the attached form http://www.afabirds.org/pdf/Affiliation_form_2012.pdf and return it to the AFA Office, or for questions - contact the AFA Office: mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org Affiliate resources can be found on our AFA website at http://www.afabirds.org/affiliates.shtml.
Looking for leg bands? Customize your own leg bands or buy AFA coded bands already in stock. Check the AFA Store here: http://www.afabirds.org/leg_bands_stock_closed.shtml
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