JULY / AUGUST, 2008
Edited by Marion Bryner
What’s New at the Aviary?
The birds in the Ground Fowl Pavilion have all been The 21st Hamilton Brownies also renewed their
very busy. The Bantam Chickens have two chicks adoption after a recent Aviary tour. This year the
and the Silkie Chickens have seven. The Golden Brownies have adopted a Diamond Dove.
Pheasants are still sitting on eggs, as is Estelle our How fortunate our birds are to have such supportive
Peahen. These birds have been joined outside by the „parents‟!
Lorikeets, the Red Lored Amazons, the Indian
Ringnecks, the Double Yellow Head Amazons and ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
Howard the Goffins Cockatoo. The Alexandrines On June 6, 2008 the Friends of the Aviary held their
Annual General Meeting. Volunteers reviewed the
are back from Gage Park and are sharing the outside
accomplishments of the past year with reports from
cage with the Call Ducks. Almost all the birds the President (Wayne Riddell), as well as the various
should have access outside this summer. Volunteers committees – Best Practices, Acquisitions &
are reminded to be extra careful while entering and Breeding, Finance, Volunteer Management,
leaving the outside flights since most of the birds do Operations & Facilities, Special Events & Fund
not have clipped wings. Raising, and Public Relations
The big news inside the Aviary is the return of After the reports the election of directors was held.
Cocoa, the African Grey Congo. Long time This year there were 3 positions up for election, two
volunteers will remember Cocoa, who came to the for a 3 year term and one for a 1 year term.
Aviary in 1997 along with Sinbad the Double Sue Hurst and Cindy Tyrell were elected to 3 year
terms and Stephanie Brown was elected to a 1 year
Yellow Headed Amazon. The birds had been
companions for about 35 years before their owner Thanks to all the volunteers who participated and
died and they were donated to the Aviary. When special thanks to Wayne Riddell, Jim Southern and
Sinbad was paired with Lady in 2001 Cocoa went to Janet Kilgannon who are retiring from the Board.
live with volunteer Scott Crooker. After the sad loss After the meeting the new Board met and the
of Jerry, Scott agreed to bring Cocoa back to the following officers were selected.
Aviary. Thank you Scott for taking such good care President: Sandy Weaver
of Cocoa. firstname.lastname@example.org
Vice President: Rita Entwistle
AVIAN ADOPTIONS email@example.com
All of our Avian Adoptions in May & June have been Treasurer: Cindy Tyrell
renewed adoptions.. Secretary: Stephanie Brown
Felicia Travis of Toronto is an Aviary parent again. firstname.lastname@example.org
Since 2004 Ilana Valo of Toronto has adopted a Directors:
budgie for Felicia as a birthday gift. This year Ilana Stacey Riddell
renewed the adoption for 5 years! email@example.com
Another adoption renewal was by Sheila McDougall Diane Zaturski
of Hamilton. Sheila has been the adoptive “parent” firstname.lastname@example.org
of Jessie the Umbrella Cockatoo since 2004. Sue Hurst
While visiting during the Spring Fair, Ron & Betty email@example.com
Paolini of Hamilton renewed their adoption of
Fletcher the Meyer’s Parrot. Ron DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSIONS TO THE NEXT NEWSLETTER
and Betty have been adopters since the program IS AUGUST 15, 2008
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VOLUNTEERS NEEDED SPRING FAIR 2008
The Aviary birds will be out representing the Aviary The weather was cool on Sunday, June 1 but visitors
at several different events this summer and volunteers to the Aviary Spring Fair received a warm welcome.
are needed to go with them. If you can spare a few The birds, as usual, were in fine form but there were
hours, help is needed at: lots of other attractions to entertain visitors. Thanks
Pier 4 Park on Saturday, August 16 and at the to all those who participated, especially:
Hamilton Mustard Festival on Saturday & - Greyhound Lovers of Hamilton Wentworth
Sunday, August 30 & 31. (GLOW) for bringing their beautiful dogs;
For more information on special events and to sign - Stacey Riddell & Dave Leech who showed off their
up to help, check the sheets posted on the refrigerator super collection of reptiles;
at the Aviary. - Rainbow the Clown for her balloon animals and
creative face painting;
ON THE NET - The Hamilton Fire Department for their display of
Our Web browsers have been busy again! trucks and equipment;
Former volunteer Angela Tirone, who keeps in - Doug‟s Dogs for the barbeque;
touch through the newsletter, recommends - Weil‟s Bakery (981 King St. W.) for the great cake;
http://daledesigns.net/parrot.htm which shows the - Charlie Lupton for the Karaoke from “Come By
unusual Parrot flower of Thailand (Impatiens Chance” (78 Melvin Ave.);
pisittacina). You can also find more information - Heidi & Heather Dillon of Flamborough Fur and
about this beautiful flower at: Feather Fanciers for the petting zoo;
www.ExoticRainforest.com - Amy Smith for the crafts;
Avian Adopter Christine Moore suggests - Everyone who donated items for the raffle table;
http://edition.cnn.com/2008/WORLD/asiapf/05/21/lo - Last but by no means least, very special thanks to
st.parrot.ap/index.html about a lost parrot who was Sandy, Jim and Mary who did the organizing.
returned home because he had been taught his name Congratulations on another successful Spring Fair!!
Rita Entwistle found this web site about Molly the
amazing pony. It is not bird related but is a great
story for all animal lovers
www.wildhorserescue.org/molly.htm There are
many other sites that give updates on Molly too, just
Google “Molly the amazing pony” and see what you
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The Birder’s Companion
Have you ever wondered where birds get their
colourful plumage? Would you know what to do Greeting visitors to the Spring Fair were volunteers Scott
with a baby bird that had fallen from its nest? What is Crooker (left) holding Dwight and Britney Bekians holding
sexual dimorphism?* The answers to these questions Rocky. Photo by Harvey Zaturski
and 447 other questions about birds can now be
found in one fascinating little book! What is Sexual Dimorphism?
A great gift for any bird lover or some light summer This is the difference between the male & female of a
reading, The Birder’s Companion by Stephen Moss species. It can be shown in size, colour and/or
is an entertaining look at the avian world. It is plumage features. In some birds, such as Eclectus
published by Firefly Books and can be found in Parrots, there is a big difference between males and
bookstores or your local library. females but in other species, like many Macaws,
* For the answer to this question just look across there are no noticeable differences and blood tests are
the page! needed to determine sex.