JULY / AUGUST 2005
Editor – Marion Bryner
WHAT'S NEW AT THE AVIARY SPRING FAIR 2005
Summer has finally come to the Aviary and most of the birds It was a scorcher of a day, but that did not stop hundreds of
have access to their outside cages. people from visiting the Aviary on Sunday June 5 to enjoy
The Derbyians and Ringnecks have been put in the mixed our annual Spring Fair. The Fair this year was sponsored by
flight so they can go outside. Our Green Wing Macaws (Ron Bains Auto Centre (74 Parkdale Ave. N.) and Dr. Gary &
& Jenny) and the Red Lored Amazons (Merry & Kerry) are Mrs. Sheila Clark of Kitchener
out of the breeding room so they can get outside too. Harvey & Besides the birds, visitors were able to meet some other
Mindy, the Yellow Capped Amazons are still in the breeding animals too. There were the beautiful dogs from the
room but they now also have access to the outside. Greyhound Lovers of Hamilton, the cute miniature goats
A colourful new addition to the Aviary is our young Rainbow from Rocky Acres farm and the exotic snakes, lizards and
Lorie. Hopefully he will soon be joined by a female Lorie. tortoises from the Reptile House. Visitors were able to get
It is good to see Lucy the Senegal Parrot back with us. She the pictures taken with the birds by See Spot Photography.
was hurt by her mate Sydney but after some TLC at Burloak Entertainment on stage was provided by Memphis Motion
Animal Hospital she is healthy again. Thanks to the staff of & Starr Sensations.
Burloak for taking such good care of her and thanks also to This year the Parent's Council from Parkdale School
Rick from Tuesday’s crew for taking her there. Also on the sick raised funds for the school and the Aviary by providing the
list at present is Joey the Green Cheek Conure. He managed delicious barbeque. Kernels Popcorn and Ice Hut
to pull out one of his nails recently but his foot is getting better. Refreshments also provided good things to eat.
Thank you to Sutherland Pharmacy (179 James St. S.) for Other participants were the Childrens’ Museum, the
providing Joey’s medication free of charge. Children’s International Learning Centre, Creatively
The Call Ducks are back with us too, in the outside pond. Yours Face Painting, Hamilton Police Community
Thanks to the Intini Family who cared for them over the Services, the Hamilton Fire Department, 820 CHAM
winter. The ducks (who are sitting on eggs now) will be sharing and Little Caesar’s (King West & Longwood). Thanks to
their pen with the Plumhead Parakeets. all of these organizations who came to the Aviary to help us
Our breeding program was not very successful this year but celebrate another year.
many local Aviaries report the same thing. We did get some Thanks also to all the volunteers who helped on the day -
cockatiels though and baby finches. Right now the Golden Jim, Mary, Sara, Courtney, Dorothy, Christine, Kyle,
Pheasants are on eggs. Our female Peahen, Estelle, keeps Judy, Wayne Stacy, Dria, Jocelyne, Sue, Ron, Chris,
laying eggs but so far does not seem interested in sitting on Lew, Kevin, Shawn & Marion, as well as all the
them. volunteers who did extra cleaning to get the Aviary ready.
Last but by no means least, thanks to Cindy Stewart who
Avian Adoptions again pulled it all together to give us another wonderful day.
There were lots of renewals in our Avian Adoption program
over the past two months. BIRD HUMOUR?
Felicia Travis of Toronto is again the proud parent of a Budgie Question: If Bob's peacock lays and egg on Ben's
at the Aviary. Felicia received her adoption as a gift from Ilana lawn, who gets the egg?
Valo of Toronto. The children of Little Smiles Home Answer: No one, peacocks don't lay eggs.
Daycare of Stoney Creek also renewed their support of the (This joke was submitted by Haley Pierce from Pine School in
Aviary. They adopted Tiel, the Cockatiel after she visited them Burlington who gave it to volunteer Lori Gibbons)
with Jim & Mary Southern. Karen Lawson of Burlington
renewed her adoption, this year adopting Joey the Green BIRD TALK MAGAZINE
Cheeked Conure. At the Spring Fair it was good to see Ron & The June/2005 edition of Bird Talk magazine has an
Betty Paolini who renewed their support of the Aviary for the article that may be of interest to Aviary volunteers. The
5th year in a row. This year they have adopted a White Dove. article discusses the different types of perches used in
Jessie, the Umbrella Cockatoo was adopted for a second year Aviaries. Anastasia Thrift who wrote the article
by Sheila McDougall of Hamilton. Sheila also sent a generous contacted volunteer Chris White to find out what types
donation along with a very complimentary letter about the of perches are used at the Hamilton Aviary. Chris told
Aviary. Anastasia that we try to use natural perches.
We had some new adopter too. The residents of Shalom In the July/2005 issue may also be of interest. It has
Village Retirement Home adopted Rocky the Orange Winged two pictures of Aviary volunteers taken at the Canadian
Amazon after volunteer Caroline Fehr visited them with some Parrot Conference.
Aviary birds recently. Thanks to all adopters for your support. Great publicity for the Aviary!
WE GET E-MAILS OOPS!
Recently we received some interesting e-mails from newsletter We goofed! In the last edition of the newsletter the story on
readers. Volunteer Appreciation Night did not mention all the hard
Former volunteer and current Avian Adopter Francis work put in by Sue Hurst. Sue did the t-shirts, the plaques
Whittaker sent the following. and the invitations. Also we should have thanked Books Are
Hello Marion, Fun for the donation of prizes for the volunteers. Our
I think the volunteers would enjoy the book by Mark Bittner apologies for these omissions and our thanks to Sue and
about The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill in San Francisco. Books Are Fun for their contributions to a fun evening.
Interesting description of his experiences and close
observation of the parrots which have been thriving there. Our Birds
The film is released now and you can see shots from it and lots Zebra Finches – (Taeniopycia guttata castanotis)
of photos. The film is full-length and should be great for The Aviary has always had a number of these cheerful little
parrot-lovers. The web site has links to film and speaking birds whose species originated in Australia. They are only
schedules, great photos, etc; reach it at about 8 cm long and usually the males have black & white
www.pelicanmedia.org/wildparrots.html stripes on the tail & chest which is why they are called
I thought the book was great. Zebras. They are also called Chestnut Eared Finches,
Best wishes, Francis Spotted Sided Finches or the Aboriginal name Nyi-Nyi. The
females are less colourful and do not have the stripes. They
have been bred to have a wide range of colours thought,
We also had another e-mail from former volunteer Ann-Marie
from pure white right through to dark grey. The one
Westgate. She writes: characteristic that they all have is bright red beaks and legs.
Hello Everyone, Zebras are easily bred. They are sexually mature at 6 to 9
Well I finally got to Skomer Island (off the S.W. coast of months of age and typically lay between 3 to 8 eggs which
Wales) to see the Puffins. Attached you should see a photo. I hatch in 14 to 20 days. The chicks will fledge in 3 weeks.
was able to get pretty close but my camera batteries died after For more information on Zebra Finches check out:
the first 4 photos. Anyways I had a wonderful time & I do www.efinch.com/species/zebra.htm
have a few photos to show for it! Hope you see the beauty in or http://zebrafinch.info
them that I do? Ann-Marie
ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
The Friends of the Aviary Annual General Meeting was held
on Friday, June 10, 2005.
Members who attended reviewed the Financial Statement
and passed it as read.
Cindy Stewart thanked volunteers for their participation at
special events and listed some coming events.
Sue Hurst told members that some by-law changes are being
considered and also a Policy and Procedures manual is
being drafted. Another meeting will be called later in the year
to consider the bylaw changes. Also members may be
needed to sit on some proposed subcommittees.
Questions and comments were received from the floor.
An election was held for two vacancies on the board of
directors. Keith Heckley and Wayne Riddell were elected
to these positions.
Our thanks to Tammy Jackson and Cindy Stewart who are
leaving the executive.
At the first executive meeting after the AGM the following
officers were elected
President – Sue Hurst
Vice President – Chris White
Secretary – Keith Heckley
Treasurer – Wayne Riddell
Directors – Cynthia Laforme, Jim Southern & Lew
Ann-Marie says that Skomer Island and the Faroe Islands are Stewart
the best places to see Puffins. The birds were very docile and Minutes of the annual general meeting will be posted in the
would run right past her feet to get to their “nests”. They lay Aviary as are minutes of all Executive meetings.
their eggs in burrows in the ground like rabbits. They nest in
the spring and the chicks are fully fledged by July. Like NEWSLETTER SUBMISSIONS
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