By Karen M. Crassi
It was a terrific auction! In spite of the bad weather, the turnout was great. We had
plenty of support and delicious food. I would like to thank everyone who donated their
time, food, or auction items to make this one of our best auctions ever. Special thanks to
Mike Fournier (our auctioneer), Bill Marotte, Ray Schwartz, Bill Reid, Don Masson, Steve
Tanner, Lisa Armitage, Helen Corcoran, Karen Small, Sharon McCarthy, Ron and Suzanne Cote,
Susan Fellows, Lee Baker, Angela Grey, Dan gey and Don Bourgault (I'm sure I must have
missed some - if so I apologize). Mike kept the Auction rolling along - in spite of the
large turnout of birds and supplies. I could not believe the fantastic buys available,
especially on parrots. For example, two young Blue-front Amazons went for under $350.00
each! Not to mention the beautiful Blue & Gold Macaws (recently weaned) for under
$700.00! It was indeed a buyer's market. For those who couldn't make it, don't miss our
Pet Mart on June 20th - same place
Yes it's that time of the year. Time to start our Show plans. And yes, I will be
beating on everyone for support. This year we are downsizing our show hall, so vendor
tables will be on a "first come, first serve" basis. The show will be at the St.
Francis Gymnasium - same place as the auctions. Also, we will be running the kitchen,
which means megafood donations. We are still planning the event but it looks like we will
combine a bird mart with the show, but details are yet to be finalized. We stand to make
"MegaBucks" with this one. Start planning your donations now!
We have also decided to make a bid to host the National Cage Bird Show again in 2001
(we can coin the phrase "2001 a Bird Odyssey" - cute huh?). To do this we must
make a bid at this years show in Chicago, and then again at the spring '99 meeting in New
York. Hopefully they will consider our New England hospitality again.
Next meeting we will all get together to play a few games of "Birdy Bingo!!"
- Great prizes and loads of fun. See you then.
Parrots in the Wildlife Walk of the
Tropicana Hotel, Las Vegas, NV
Most club members know I travel a bit and when I do I look for displays of birds. In
early March I went to Las Vegas for the inaugural Winston Cup race. I also spent a day
touring hotel lobbies and gardens to check out their birds.
Most hotels had at least a few parrots. But, a spectacular parrot display is the
Wildlife Walk in the Tropicana Hotel. If you ever get the chance, go see it! There are
Macaws (hyacinth, green wing, military, blue & gold plus hybrids), Amazons (blue
front, yellow head, yellow nape, etc.), Cockatoos (greater and lesser sulfur crested,
umbrella, etc.), Eclectus and many more. All are on open stands so you can interact with
them. Yes, I talked to all the birds and, not surprisingly, most answered back. No, I
didnt get bitten. Surrounding the birds are tanks of tropical lizards and frogs. It
is truly a tropical parrot paradise.
If you go, dont skip the outdoor gardens with the African crested cranes and
other exotic birds. And say hello to Marianne "Miss Macaw", the wildlife
manager. If youre lucky, you may see some of the numerous parrots that arent
on display in the Wildlife Walk. I wonder if she needs an assistant!
Secretarys Report: Meeting
of March 9, 1998
Presentation: Name That Bird by Dr. Al Decoteau
The meeting was called to order at 8:00 pm by Denise Bourgault. The first order of
business was a brief review and discusion of the auction rules. (See the March bulletin).
Registration forms and cage tags were distributed to expedite registration at the auction.
Dr. Al made his presentation of 20 birds for the members to identify. After swapping
sheets, Dr. Al identified them for us and gave a description of their unique
Frst prize winner (a one year membership in S.P.B.E.) was Denise McCabe
Second prize winner (a BOAF T-shirt) was Nicole Smith.
Dr. Al led a short discussion on wing clipping. Basically, clipping style is a personal
thing provided you leave enough feather that the bird doesnt fall like a rock.
Dave Smith was awarded a dinner certificate for selling the most raffle tickets for
last falls show.
After another great raffle and the 50-50 drawing, the meeting was adjourned at 9:50 pm.
Symposium submitted by Ann Sullivan
The American Lory Society presents the first East Coast Lory Symposium, Saturday, July
11th, 9 am - 5 pm at the Travelodge, Mount Laurel, NJ. The speaker schedule, still being
finalized, includes experienced breeders, a verinarian, etc., concluding with a round
table discussion of audience questions. Topics to be covered include breeding, the
challenges of keeping lories in climatic extremes, health, nutrition and research updates.
A beautiful slide show is planned. All are welcome. Pre-register by July 1st for $50 or at
the door for $55. A buffet lunch is included.
For more info. contact Marie Hageman at (609) 589-0606 or e-mail her at Mdhageman@aol.com. Send checks to ALS, c/o Bobbi
Meyer, P.O. Box 450, Livermore, CA 94551. To reserve a room at the special ALS $79 rate
(including breakfast buffet) call the Travelodge directly at (609) 234-7000.
BOAF members who want a local contact for this event can contact Annie at her e-mail
Next Directors Meeting
Date: April 20, 1998
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Place: Steve Tanners Home
Agenda: This meeting of the Board of Directors will be to review the March auction and
start planning for the Summer Pet Mart and the Fall Show. It is open to all members.
Please let Steve know in advance if you plan to attend so he will put out enough chairs.
If you are not an Officer or Director, but want to volunteer to help with the a future
event, please come to the directors meeting or contact one of them.
|Notes from the
This months bulletin continued last
months challenge. I again got more articles than I had space for in this bulletin
issue. Thank you all and keep the stories coming! If you already sent or gave me
something, and it isnt in this issue, look in next months bulletin
This month I started what I hope will become a regular feature. It is "Where to
See Birds". If you enjoyed seeing a collection of birds somewhere, please share it
with the rest of us.
I have articles for the May issue. Would anyone else like to contribute for June?
Although most of the information for the bulletin arrives by e-mail, it doesnt have
to. The U.S. Postal System still delivers mail. Im trying to include articles from
different members. If you have something to be published, give it to me at a meeting or
send it to:
19 Olde Common Drive
Atkinson, NH 03810-2177
or e-mail them to firstname.lastname@example.org
or call me at (603) 362-6106
During the Preview - some of the many many birds for sale at the Spring
Auction. Photo by Allen Fox
The directors have agreed BOAF will publish announcements promoting other bird club
events provided they promote ours. This should make it easier to find them than searching
the fine print in the back of Bird Talk magazine.
BOAF also has started a bulletin exchange program with other bird clubs. This month we
will start exchanging with Garden State Exotic Bird Club.
Web Site Recommendation
Visit the Lafeber web site and get free trial size packages of Nutri-berries, Avi-cakes
and Nuts n Nuggets. The site has bird related cartoons, care and feeding information, a
Company profile, great parrot pictures, listings of Lafeber suppliers, a veterinarian
search routine, etc. etc. Next time you are on the web go to www.lafeber.com for lots of bird data and fun!
There is also a search routine to locate the local bird club. None were found in New
Hampshire. However, Ive applied to have BOAF added to the database.
My Birds Favorite Foods
by Ray Schwartz
While writing a thank you note to the Lafeber Company for their auction donation, the
thought struck me that my birds each had individual tastes. Like people, each has his
Prism, the Green Wing Macaw, eats almost anything he can get his beak on. However, he
inhales macaroni and cheese and cant seem to get enough of it. He loves
Nutri-Berries, the original flavor in the macaw size. If I let him, hed eat the
whole tub (and I buy them in the large tub!). For breakfast, cranberry almond crunch is
his favorite although hell eat oatmeal or muselix. Lemon pie is a favorite snack. He
nibbles on seeds and pellets but most of them end up on the floor to be devoured by the
vacuum cleaner monster.
Flower, the Blue Headed Pionus, prefers nuts, seeds, pellets, fruits, veggies and my
coleus plant. Almonds, pistachios and peanuts clearly top the list. Chopped carrots and
grapes (cut in half) follow as a close second. Flower never refuses warm vegetable soup.
However, nothing is so tasty as a leaf picked by Flower from the coleus over the sink.
Jade, the Green Cheek Conure has a sweet tooth. I know, a sweet beak, since birds
dont have teeth. Hell eat any dessert he can get into. Hes also the seed
eater in the family but also eats pellets. When I realized he dug through the bowl to get
the sunflower seed, I changed to a safflower seed mix, the kind where the seeds are
colored with food coloring. Despite Dr. Messengers lecture that color means nothing,
Jade picks out all the red seeds first. He eats the red pellets first too. Jade has to
have his herbal tea before retiring for the night. Apple cinnamon or orange spice is
If your birds have any unusual eating habits, please write them down to share with the
rest of the club members.
Webmasters Report By Allen
This month we will be adding the Breeders List to our site. Any breeders on that list
that have sites should let me know and we can link your listing to your site. If you
missed getting on the list you can still get listed online by sending me your listing at
anytime throughout the year. There are new links being added as new informative sites are
found. Just look for the "New" graphic. Traffic has been picking up too. It took
from August to January to get 1000 hits. And since then, weve had another 1000. We
are seeing around 30-40 hits per day. Many are at the classifieds. If any member has sold
something from the online classifieds drop me a line. It would good to hear the success
stories. Dont forget authors, send a picture along with your article to our Editor
and that picture can appear along with your article for the world to see. As always
suggestions are always welcome.
Report on Directors Meeting
March 16, 1998.
Denise Bourgault called the meeting to order at 7:55 pm. Denise confirmed she had
purchased the Beanie Babies to be sold as a fund raiser. She also bought a dehydrator for
a raffle prize at the summer Pet Mart. We agreed to try again to sell Brecks bulbs as
Auction arrangements were confirmed.
Charges for tables at the Summer Bird/Pet Mart were finalized and Ray Schwartz will
prepare flyers for distribution at the auction.
BOAF will make a bid to host the 2001 National Show. We will use the theme "2001 a
Bird Odyssey" A presentation will be made this fall in Chicago.
The meeting was adjourned at 9:05 p.m.