President’s Message

The “Word of the Day” is National Bird Show!

Our event is once again being held at the Pheasant Run Resort in St. Charles, Illinois. I know I’ve explained this before, but will touch on it once again – while there are many facilities across the United States that could accommodate our event – their price is beyond our reach. Pheasant Run has made their facility very attractive to us and for the immediate future, we will be hosting shows at this location.

Judging is set to begin promptly at 8:00 a.m. on Friday, November 9th – if you can enter your birds the evening before, please do so. This helps avoids delays the morning of the show when all birds have to be staged and information from
all entry forms has to be manually entered into the electronic data base for each division.

MOST importantly – if you are attending the event – we need lots of hands to help pull this event off – even an hour at the registration table, or an hour helping receive and check-in birds. Laura Tinker is building a list of those who have
volunteered so far, and is counting on those of you who SIGNED up to help, to SHOW up to help! Even a 1 or 2 hour block of time would be appreciated.

An article I read recently published on the PiJAC website indicates a trend with more consumers wanting natural and wholesome products for their birds, they want wholesome components in toys for larger species, and they certainly want them in their treats. Bird owners are reading labels and some of the impetus for this was the recall of some bird foods a few years ago. As people become more “food conscious” about the food they personally consume, this carries over to the diets they feed their pets and are taking a more holistic approach to things. As People do more research, they also do much more planning as it comes to the diets for their birds and other pets.

As always – we continue to search for relevant articles (photos appreciated) on anything going on in YOUR birdroom! Let us know if you need help pulling
something together – any of us on the board are happy to help.

Rebecca Mikel, President
NFSS