by Paula Putt.
passion for birds has led to a satisfying career as an aviculturist
that has lasted more than 35 years. During that time, I studied ornithology
through Cornell University and have been fortunate enough to serve
as consultant to the Jackson Zoo in Jackson, Mississippi during the
establishment of the zoo's Blue-naped breeding program; co-chair the
Pennsylvania Quaker Parakeet Relocation Project; work with the Pennsylvania
Game Commission on endangered species issues; work with Federal and
State authorities on avian-related issues, and serve as Pennsylvania
liaison for the Pennsylvania Model Aviculture Program. I was one of
the original organizers and Chairperson of The Society of Parrots
and Exhibitors Parrot Preservation Project. I have held several
offices in the local bird club, including President and Chairman of
the Board of Directors of that organization.
I have given
presentations at conventions, meetings, school seminars, and other
events; and I have published widely on a variety of subjects in Bird
Talk, Bird Talk Online, Bird Breeder, Bird Breeder
Online, Birds USA, American Caged Bird Magazine,
AFA's Watchbird, The Bulletin of the Avicultural Society
of America, The Brooder (a publication of The Federation
of Pennsylvania Aviculturists), Western Pennsylvania Humane Society
Newsletter, Bird Bank News, Pet Trade, The Society
of Parrot Breeder and Exhibitor's Journal, and club newsletters
across the country. I have also written articles for Pet Product
News, a retail publication for pet shops, was a Contributing Editor
for Budgie Magazine, and serve on the Advisory Board for a
national garden magazine and as adviser on the development of a new
line of cages for one of the current cage manufacturers.
professional organizations of which I am a member include the American
Federation of Aviculture (AFA) and The
Society of Parrot Breeders and Exhibitors (SPBE).
you are interested in joining the SPBE, click on one of the following
links for a membership form:
Application Form (PDF)
I have also
served as Judge of American Budgies and Pet Birds in the Ohio, Pennsylvania,
and New York areas; and I teach a small business course and conduct
small business workshops for Carlow College's community education
program in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
I have received
numerous awards for my own birds, as well as several breeding awards,
including The Society of Parrot Breeders and Exhibitors Breeding Academy
Award, The American Federation of Aviculture Silver Avy Award, and
a Citation from the Pennsylvania House of Representatives.
For some time,
I have been working as an avian consultant, helping clients with general
care and nutrition, breeding, behavior, and guidance on choosing the
right species for either a companion or a new addition to a breeding
program. I also design, manufacture, and distribute an extensive line
of bird toys.
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