Back in the Saddle Again

If you know me, you know I love to help people. I volunteer for stuff in clubs until I get burned out and walk away, leaving loose ends behind. I try not to burn my bridges, because you never know where life will lead you.

These days, being retired and downsizing my flock, I have a few extra minutes every day that I can use to spread the good word. About what? Well, about North County Aviculturists. Yes, I am active again in my local bird club.

First, I volunteered to organize parking for the annual bird mart in September. From what I saw in 2014, organization is clearly needed. The thing about small clubs of any kind is that the same handful of people volunteer over and over to work at all the things that come up. Knowing there was no one available to take on the task, I put my hand up.

Then I asked about starting a Facebook page to spread the word about the club. We are doing well financiall due to our hugely successful bird mart, but we have a small membership. Getting more folks involved is an important part of continuing the club. Another member had said she would do this, but when she hadn’t I got the go-ahead to start one. The other member had thought she needed a special email for the page and secret passwords and so on. I just created the page and made her an administrator. We’re good.

The wonderful gentleman who has been updating the web page and doing membership is also battling health problems. In order to let him take a break, I agreed to take that over. I am still waiting to get the user name and password so I can log on and make the announcements of coming speakers a little flashier.

For instance, in June we have the incredible Dick Schroeder speaking about Hornbills. n 1986, a shell importer who was a friend of Dick Schroeder, owner of CUTTLEBONE PLUS, asked him if he could use any cuttlebone. Dick took the cuttlebone, placed a small ad in a bird magazine, and CUTTLEBONE PLUS was born. In no time, Dick added other items to his product line and eventually purchased AVICO, manufacturer of Lory Life powders and nectars for hummingbirds and other nectar-eating birds. Today, CUTTLEBONE PLUS offers a full line of items.

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Everyone is invited to call for a catalog or stop by their booth at the Pomona Bird Mart. Dick is a long-time member and supporter of bird clubs and is a distinguished aviculturist. He has written articles for most U.S. bird publications and has traveled to various parts of the country to speak at bird clubs and conventions. He has received an Avy award from AFA for his work in helping the Fairy Lorikeet, Charmosyna p. pulchella . For over 20 years, Dick has kept and bred exotic birds. He has a collection of over 200 and is well known for his work in breeding Lories, Toucans, Mynahs, Turacos, Tangers, and Honeycreepers.

Dick has served in nearly every board position for the Avicultural Society of America (ASA), including two terms as President, and was awarded a lifetime membership. He was a founding member of the International Softbill Society. Also he serves the International Loriinae Society as Vice President and is a Director for the American Lory Society. Other memberships include the AZA (American Association of Zoological Parks and Aquariums), ISZ (International Society of Zooculturists), and a director for MAP (Model Aviary Program). Dick is a participant in several studbooks, including the Rothchild’s (Bali) Mynah, Cuban Amazon, and Toco Toucan.He is also a co-operator of two lory consortiums.

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Dick moved to his home in the “country”, in January, 1992. He has 3 grown sons, and 6 grand children. He runs his bird feed supply company, Cuttlebone PLUS, which also manufactures AVICO Specialty Diets, in San Marcos, California. with the help of youngest son, Brett. And if you are lucky,  you might get a tour of his collection as part of an aviculture convention in the San Diego area.

If you are in the Vista, California, area and are free on Friday June 5th at 7:00 PM, go to the NCA Facebook page for more information.

Thanks for reading, I’ll be back on Sunday.


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