February 1999

BOAF Bulletin Express

Feature Article:

Trials and Tribulations of a Bird Keeper
The Green Singer

by Nicole Smith

Secretary’s Report: January 11, 1999.

Bird Nutrition by Dr. George Messenger

The meeting convened at 19:55. For 1999 the Bird Mart dates are 4/17, 6/26 and 9/18. Reserve tables are $25 in advance and anyone interested in reserving a table should talk to Steve Tanner. The Nashua Armory was mentioned as a possible site for BOAF events such as the fall show and rents for $800 which includes use of the kitchen and a janitor. Pam Ellis suggested we include seminars with our show. The treasurer’s report was presented by Steve Tanner. Scarlett Bird foods expressed an interest in getting involved with our bird show, possibly even covering some of the expenses. Sugar Babies will supply the contact person and Denise will contact that person about getting Scarlett involved.

The status of our stop payment check was discussed. The woman had accepted the registered letter but hasn’t responded since. The next step is to file in small claims court so the club needs someone to go up to Concord to follow up on this.

Dr. Messenger started his talk on bird nutrition at 20:29. Most birds he sees in his office are suffering from some form of malnutrition. Essentially, a healthy bird diet consists of six basic nutrients: water, carbohydrates, fats, proteins, vitamins and minerals. He explained the need for each and suitable sources for bird foods. He further explained why an all seed diet is inappropriate since it lacks Vitamin D3 which is necessary for calcium absorption. His recommendation was a diet consisting of 70 – 80 percent formulated food (pellet or extruded) and 20 – 30 percent table foods (pasta, rice or beans). He concluded the presentation with a question and answer session ending at 21:43. A short break followed and then we held the raffles. The meeting adjourning at 22:10.


This is the time to renew your BOAF membership. The revised form is on page 9. If you haven’t renewed prior to February 25, 1999, you will not receive the March 1999 Bulletin. No exceptions!!!

Although the BOAF staff tries very hard to avoid errors, should any member have the wrong date on their label, call Nancy Storey to get it corrected. Please do this before the February 25th renewal date so you do not miss any issues of the bulletin.

Membership Drive

You ask why I say revised renewal form? Good question. At the last directors meeting it was decided to provide added incentive to the member-get-a-member initiative. Now, BOAF members get a $4 credit toward his/her renewal when he/she refers a potential new member who joins BOAF. Make sure the new member puts your name as the referral. Refer five new members and next year your membership will be free!

We miss you Pat!

As many members know, Pat Lawrence was taken seriously ill just before last year’s annual fall show. When she called me to excuse herself from her show commitments, she could barely speak. Pat wrote us a letter to tell us that she is doing much better now and that the oxygen tanks have finally been removed from her home. Although the lung problem will never be cured, it is under control.

Dear members,
Thanks to BOAF for sending me a note of get well wishes. This card arrived on a day I was feeling low and it did help my day.

Also I would like to thank all of the BOAF friends who sent notes, cards and telephone calls. For now my lung disease has been calmed down and as of Thursday, Jan. 21, the oxygen tanks have been removed from my house. I am now breathing on my own.

I have had to sell all of my finches and other birds. This was a very hard task. I have had birds as pets since I was a child. But we do what we have to do to survive. This seemed strange to me that I all of a sudden developed an allergy to the birds, but the doctors say the protein in the bird droppings and dust created an allergy and collapsed one of my lungs. They feel I have had this at least 6 years. I certainly did not know it until January 1998. We always had two of the air cleaners running at all times, but evidently this was not enough.

I must say, I have of course kept John Deere, the Double Yellow Head, and I have 4 of my old canaries, a couple of cockatiels, and a Rosey Bourke.

I hope soon I will be attending the meetings, and it will be good to see everyone again.

Pat Lawrence

Pat, we’re glad to hear you’re doing better and hope to see you at an upcoming meeting.

Notes from the Editor

One member gave me half a dozen articles. Thanks Nicole. Spring Bird Mart Handouts are available now and colored flyers will be distributed at the next meeting. For black and white copies, please photocopy the announcement on page 8. I have also prepared a short BOAF publicity brochure (which includes a mail-in membership application). It, too, will be distributed at the next meeting. If every member puts these forms in their local pet shop, BOAF will get a tremendous boost in exposure, membership and attendance at special events.

I have a request for classified advertisers. Please use upper and lower case when preparing your ads. Microsoft Publisher, the program used to prepare this bulletin, doesn’t handle hyphenation of words in all caps well, if at all. Unless I rework them, these articles take 3 or 4 times the space they should.

If you have something to be published, give it to me at a meeting or send it to:

Ray Schwartz
19 Olde Common Drive
Atkinson, NH 03810-2177

or e-mail them to editor@boaf.com

or call me at (603) 362-6106

Report on Directors Meeting - Jan. 25, 1999.

Denise Bourgault called the meeting to order at 7:45 p.m. Denise, Steve and Ray will go to Buffalo, NY in March to present BOAF as a host for the 2001 National Cage Bird Show.

Pat Beardsley was appointed raffle table chairperson for both meetings and the fall show

Ray will modify the BOAF membership application to include a "referred by" notation. Any member who recruits a NEW member will get a $4 credit toward his/her next renewal. Anyone recruiting 5 or more members in a year will get a free renewal.

The meeting was adjourned at 9:20.

Next Directors Meeting

Date: Wednesday November 17, 1998
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Place: Steve Tanner’s Home

At this meeting the Board of Directors will finalize plans for our presentation to host the 2001 National. If you have suggestions, please join us and present them at the meeting.

If you are not an Officer or Director, but have a topic to be addressed, please notify one of them prior to the meeting.

Loon Mountain Trip on Hold

What are we doing wrong? BOAF has close to 300 members in over 190 households. How come only 9 people representing 5 households expressed interest in going on a field trip to see a raptor/ wild bird demonstration? Wrong topic? Wrong locale? Lack of time? Lack of interest?

Please provide guidance to your directors. If you would like us to forget about such special events, please tell us. If, on the other hand, you know something BOAF bird people would enjoy, share it with us. Please forward your comments/suggestions to me and I’ll present them at the next directors meeting.

Webmasters Report By Allen Fox

It has been quiet on the web front as of late and it is time for something new. I have some suggestions and if you have an opinion drop me a line. How about an online discussion forum where anyone can ask or answer questions? This would be a place where members could help members and the avian public at large. Would there be any interest in a monthly meeting where I could present what is out there on the web? This could be a primer to show how much information is at your fingertips. As always suggestions are always welcome.

Fall 1999 Show Update

Plans for this fall’s show are progressing rapidly even though we still do not have a hall. Pat Beardsley has volunteered to be raffle table chairperson and will solicit donations from all the advertiser’s in Bird Talk, plus local bird product vendors.

Last year we missed out on a potential source of income for BOAF — ads in the show programs. We received a grand total of one. The time to get these ads is now, well in advance of the show. I know it is still winter, and the show seems to be a long way off, but would someone like to volunteer now as ad chair for the fall show? It isn’t that challenging considering that we accept payment for ads in cash or, more importantly, in merchandise. Any volunteers?

Fifty-Fifty Raffles

At every meeting we have a fifty-fifty raffle. Half the money collected goes to the club; the other half, to the lucky winner. What better prize than a fistful of cash!!

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