President’s Message

Summer has FINALLY arrived!  It’s been a very rainy one here in the Midwest , but thank goodness for the warmer temperatures.

The NFSS census has been completed for another year — results are available for review at :   We encourage all aviculturists, whether they are NFSS members or not, to participate in this census.  If you’d like to participate, but prefer to  remain anonymous , the program is designed to allow that option.

Long standing board member, Laura Bewley, has resigned her position of  Awards/Affiliations Manager and we thank her for her many years of service in this position.  Lauren Ogburn has been appointed to this position and all orders for awards will now go through  her.  Contact information for Lauren is in the Journal and on the website for your convenience.  Javier Perez has also resigned as Region 2 Vice-President and will be missed.  Van To has been appointed to that position and we welcome his participation and  look forward to working with him.

2019 is a General Election year for the NFSS Board of Directors.  Some of our current Board members have decided not to run for their positions again and I’d like to invite you to give strong consideration to your ability to run for one of these positions.  Those positions include 2nd Vice-President in charge of Publications, 3rd Vice-President in charge of Census and FinchSave, Region 4 Vice-President, Advertising, and Web Site Manager.   If you are interested, please contact any Board member at your earliest convenience as the Ballot is being compiled as is the document containing the Bios of all those running  for Board positions.  The option to run as a “write in” candidate is always an option as well.

The NBS board is also busy planning the 2019 National Bird Show – scheduled for November 14-16th, 2019, at Pheasant Run Resort in St Charles, Illinois.  Please add that event to your calendar.  We’d love to see each and everyone
of you there!

Updates continue to the NFSS website – please check that site for listings of bird shows and events in your area .  Your support of each of these events helps keep them  “alive”.


Rebecca Mikel, President