(aka Hacker) Personal Information: A native New Yorker. My best quality I think I have is honesty. Married for 45 yrs. to husband Henry. He bought a canary for Valentine’s Day in 1990. A yr. later an aviary was built, I joined a bird club.
My History in Aviculture: 1991-Starting with the basics Zebra and Society finch and moving over to Red factor and Gloster Canary. 1994- Interests turned to breeding Shaftails, Button & Coturnix Quail. The local elementary school would have field trips to my house to see the birds. 1996- I shifted to BH/RH Gouldian, Cordon Bleu and Gold-breasted waxbills and applied for AFA’s Red Siskin Project. I also was Oregon’s AFA Representative and Regional Director. Presently, I’m focused on Finch Save and helping a few folks gets established with Red Siskin. I do support aviculture through avian research with the Smithsonian Research Institute for the past several yrs to present. I continue to manage a diverse gene pool of the red siskin and now involved more with assisting the Smithsonian again to recover them in their country of origin, and their NGO partners (other non-government groups) in that effort. That information, see issue of the NFSS Journal Sept/October 2014. I attended a summit meeting in July 2014 in Washington DC. That was pretty exciting! I continue to assist and be involved in Red Siskins, Smithsonian Research/Conservation and Red Siskin Insentive conservation (NGO) groups.
Since 1991, I’ve attended multiple shows, bird marts and social groups on the internet.
Administrative experience: I’ve served as club president of the Finch Connection Bird Club for 9 years. I worked for the state of Oregon for 25 years and am currently semi-retired.
I continue be a member of 2 bird clubs and volunteer as show secretary and stewart. Also currently a NFSS board director, a Finch Save member and a Red Siskin Specie Captain. I am your NFSS Band Secretary for 15 yrs and Webmaster for NFSS for 3 yrs. which are the best offices to hold.
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