FOASeptember2004 by wpr1947


    THE FRIENDS OF THE AVIARY                                              
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       WHAT'S NEW AT THE AVIARY                                           Here are Caroline Fehr's latest recommendations for bird
Our Galah Cockatoos Len & Marie have done it again! This year             articles of interest on the Internet.
they presented us with 2 babies who hatched in early July. The            -      For information on the illegal bird trade in Indonesia you
babies were taken from the nest in August and were hand raised.           can go to
They have now been sold. The Galahs have certainly proved to be a         - Information on West Nile virus as it affects pet birds is in an
good investment for the Aviary!                                           article from the Reno Gazette-Journal at
In July we had a scare when the Peacock, Frank sped out of his cage
as the door was opened for feeding. We were lucky since he stuck          -      Another good article on Hyacinth Macaws is at
around the Aviary grounds (probably to be close to his mate Estelle).
He was finally recaptured on the following Saturday. Thankfully a         bbean/news/news.cfiuNewsID=12501 This is the World Wildlife
story with a happy ending!                                                Federation web site and has lots of interesting news about
The Sebright rooster has a mate. Thanks to Mr. R. Anderson of             animals from all over the world.
Hagersville for donating a Sebright hen to the Aviary. Thanks also        -     Finally check out the World Parrot Trust web site to add
to Bob Leegstra of Brantford who brought the hen to the Aviary                  your name to their petition to stop the importation of wild
and to volunteer Kyna Intini for quarantining it.                               caught birds into the European Union. The site also has
For some variety Kyna has put some new ducks in the duck pond.                  loads of information about parrots. It can be found at
The new ones are Silver Bahama Pintails. She sent an e-mail to let    
us know that she took one of the Peacock eggs home and it hatched!
Great news Kyna!                                                                           aViAN ADOPTIONS
We also have another new "pairing". Billy one of our male Blue &          Our Adoption family has grown by leaps & bounds recently.
Gold Macaws has been paired with Bubbette our new female. So
                                                                          Renewing adopters were volunteers Caroline Fehr & Keith
far they seem to be getting along well. Billy's brother Bobby has
gone to breeder Peter Mostert in exchange for a male Derbyian             Heckley. They renewed their adoption of Baby the
which is now being quarantined by Caroline Fehr.                          Moluccan Cockatoo and added another adoption of Bubbette
Charlie & Kismet one of our Indian Ringneck pairs have been put           our new female Blue & Gold Macaw. Thank you Caroline
back in the mixed flight. Unfortunately their time in a separate flight   & Keith for your generous donation as well as all your
did not produce any chicks.                                               volunteer work at the Aviary.
Finally a very special "thank you" to Mario Visca of Aquarium              In July there were 5 new adoptions. Sheila McDougall of
Services. After renovating his store he very generously donated his       Hamilton adopted Jessie our Umbrella Cockatoo. The
old surveillance cameras to the Aviary to be used in the breeding         Students of W. H. Ballard School (Hamilton) adopted
room. Now volunteers and visitors alike can watch our breeding
                                                                          Dwight the Hybrid Macaw. Our little ButtonQuail was
birds without disturbing them. Mario's continuing support of the
Aviary is much appreciated                                                adopted by Linda & Mariah Goddard of Hamilton. Karen
                                                                          Lawson of Burlington became the adoptive parent of Rocky
                                                                          the Orange Wing Amazon and also in July Barb & Doug
                          OUR BIRDS                                       Simmons of Mount Hope adopted one of the Bourke's
Chinese Bulbuls - (Pycnonotus sinensis)
Also known as Light Vented Bulbuls. The Aviary has a pair
                                                                          In August Joan McMurray of Burlington received her
of these very shy birds in the finch flight. They are the black,
                                                                          adoption of a Chinese Bulbul as a gift for "bird sitting". This
white & brown birds with the long tails and long black beaks
                                                                          is Joan's third year as an adopter.
that you see flying quickly around the cage. The species is
                                                                          Some of these adoptions are the result of the publicity that the
originally from Taiwan. They can live up to ten years in
                                                                          Aviary received in June through a very nice article in the
captivity. Our Bulbuls came to the Aviary about 3 years ago.
                                                                          Hamilton Spectator. The article was written by Susan
They are supposed to be a male & a female, but have never
                                                                          Lamey who visited the Aviary and interviewed some of the
been sexed. So far they have not produced any eggs. They
                                                                          volunteers. Our thanks to Susan for her interest in the Aviary
are very fast flyers as you will know if you have ever tried to
                                                                          and her help in reminding Hamilton of its "best kept secret".
photograph them.
                  AVIARY RECYCLING                                                       NEWSLETTER SUBMISSIONS
We hope that volunteers have noticed the recycling bin in                  DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSIONS TO THE NEXT NEWSLETTER IS
the Aviary kitchen. It is the white pail beside the                                           NOVEMBER 15, 2004
refrigerator. Please put your used cans, bottles and paper                  SUBMISSIONS CAN BE LEFT AT THE AVIARY OR SENT BY
cups in the pail so that they can be recycled.                                         E-MAIL TO
                                                                            Get your newsletter on line too - just send us your address
Thanks to all the volunteers who are recycling to help
reduce our waste.
                                                                                             COSMO'S STORY
         (ANOTHER EXAMPLE OF BIRD INTELLIGENCE)                      -     Cockatiels are excellent carpet cleaners. Those little
Companion parrots often improvise their own meanings for                   beaks can pull seed husks and potato chips from between
words. Pulitzer Prize winner Robert Olen Butler tells the story            the fibers better than any vacuum on the market.
of Cosmo, a Mexican Redhead who improvised meanings for              -     Birds are your ticket to an exiting career in the art world.
words. Like most companion parrots, Cosmo assigned
                                                                           Molted feathers can be fashioned into fanciful
meanings that were approximate, simple, creative and
understandable. For example, the word 'cracker" was not used               headdresses or exotic dancer costumes. Glue Zupreem,
just for cracker but rather for crackers and almost any other              feather dust, strips of newspaper and claw clipping to
yummy nut or seed-like food.                                               canvas to create whimsical "found object" pieces, ("I call
Being an Amazon, of course, Cosmo knew and used the word                   this Residue of Cockatoo"). Start your own Jackson
"water". The meaning here, traditionally Amazonian, was                    Pollack revival by allowing your bird to stroll through
"wow, wonderful wet stuff"!                                                dinner guests' plates, then set him on a blank canvas.
The first time Cosmo was given a grape, her beak broke                     Watch out, New York MOMA!
through the fleshy skin, and she was squirted in the face.           -     Own a thriving home-based business? Can your bird say
Eyeballing the unfamiliar goody - which had both hard and wet
                                                                           "hello"? (Sure he can! That's all he can say, the lazy little
properties - she christened it "crack-water". From then on,
Cosmo used "crack-water" for grapes - based on their dual                  beggar!) Save money on temp help during busy periods
characteristics - and "crackers" for other foods.                          by using your talking bird to answer the phone. What
A parrot's experiences influence the vocal behaviours the bird             customer wouldn't be charmed to be greeted by "Step up"
learns. From the moment a parrot is aware of his surrounding,              or "Poop"?
interesting tools (toys) must be provided to stimulate self-         Marguerite is a hospital documentation manager but considers her
rewarding (play) behaviours. If a parrot does not learn to           real job to be servant to her three cockatiels and one Brown-
amuse himself, ignoring his screaming will not improve the           Headed parrot. Look for more of Marguerite's suggestions in the
bird's behaviour.                                                    next newsletter. (Contributed by volunteer Caroline Fehr)
The above story is from the article "Is Your Bird Talking or
Squawking?" The whole article can be found on the web
site called Pet Place -                                        CAGE RAFFLE
Thanks to Felicia McCallum for submitting the story.                 The Aviary is raising money by raffling off the large metal
                                                                     cage that is beside the finch flight. It is a brand new
             PUT YOUR BIRDS TO WORK - Part 1                         cage (24'' x 24'' x 36'') very suitable for a small sized
                       by Marguerite Floyd                           parrot. Tickets are only $5.00 each and only 100
I say it's time we make our pet birds contribute something to        tickets will be sold. For your chance to get a great new
our lives and households. I say it's time we stopped giving          home for your bird buy at ticket at the Aviary or contact
and giving and giving only to receive fresh piles of poop in         Chris White at
return. So to lead us off in the right direction, I've made a list
of things that birds can easily do right now, without an
expensive college education or even federal funding.
- Use your bird's beak to unscrew things. For example, last                            PARKING FEES BEGIN
                                                                     Volunteers have probably noticed that the RBG has started to
     year I bought a new office chair and worked for hours           charge parking fees at the Aviary parking lot. The official
     putting it together, tightening all the nuts and bolts, and     reason for this is that the money will be used to maintain the
     hammering in screw caps flush with the surface so that          trails. Hopefully it will stop the lot from being monopolized by
     nothing could get to the bolts and unloosen them. Within        McMaster students. The Aviary executive is going to be
     5 minutes, Charli, my Brown-Headed parrot, had easily           checking with RBG management to see what arrangements
     removed al the screw caps and unscrewed all the bolts.          can be made for Aviary volunteers. Peter Booker from the
     Then calmly waited for me to sit down in the chair with         RBG suggests in the meantime that volunteers can park inside
     no bolts.                                                       the Aviary grounds. Volunteers and visitors can also park on
                                                                     the streets around the Aviary but check the signs first for
- If you're tired of breaking your nails on the layers of
                                                                     parking restrictions so you do not get a ticket.
     plastic encasing today's modern products, turn your bird
     loose on the stuff. Once again, those sharp beaks can
     come to the rescue, with the added benefit of shiny plastic                  DATES TO REMEMBER
     shards flung places the vacuum can't go.
- Pet birds are amazingly adept at moving objects from one                     THE HAMILTON BURLINGTON SPCA
     place to another. Whether it’s a plastic bottle cap, a spear                PRESENTS THE 15TH ANNUAL
     of asparagus, or your last 2 quarters for the newspaper,
     there's nothing like watching it being tugged, thrown,                   WIGGLE WAGGLE WALKTHON
     pushed, or dragged to a new, more appropriate position -                      SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 12
     such as down the heating vent. Why not harness their                            AT BAYFRONT PARK
     dexterity for cleaning up the kitchen after a meal,                             9:00 A.M. TO 2:00 P.M.
     straightening up your desk, or teaching your bird to move           for more information and pledge sheets contact
     checkers for you?
                                                                                         905-574-7722 or

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