July 2012 2012 Newsletter
Ramona K Smith 14710 Brahma Rd Polk City, Florida 33868
Volume 29 Issue7 July 2012
Why are these 4 Macaws on this cover? Come to the Club meeting to see why!
Imperial Bird Club
The Imperial Bird Club meets the third Thursday of each month at the VFW Hall of Auburndale, 241 Lake Ave. East, Auburndale. Doors open at 7:00 p.m. and the meeting begins at 7:30 p.m. The Board Meeting is held every third Thursday of the month between 6:00 and 6:30 p.m. prior to Club Meeting at the VFW Hall in Auburndale. All club members are welcome to attend and all board members are required to attend the Board Meetings. Contact Lisa Prescott, President for more information.
Club Raffle Table The Club raffle table is totally member supported. If you win a prize, at the next meeting, bring a prize of equal value for the table. Of course, you can always bring something for the raffle table. Everybody is happy if they win a little something and as we all contribute it will continue spreading happiness among our membership.
Club Objectives 1. To ensure the preservation and propagation of non-native cage birds in the United States. 2. To further the Science of Aviculture. 3. To exchange the knowledge, information, and experiences related to cage birds. 4. To educate the general public on Avian matters.
The opinions expressed in the Birdy Gazette are not necessarily those of the Imperial Bird Club or the editorial staff. The Imperial Bird Club and its staff assume no responsibility for claims of our advertisers or for the quality of goods or services the advertisers provide. We regret if mistakes are made, however IBC is responsible only for corrections of errors.
Message from your
President IBC Meeting Date is Thursday, July 19, 2012 Potluck Dinner~ as discussed in June, please bring a favorite dish to share! Doors open at 7:00 p.m. Meeting begins at 7:30 p.m. Hello members and friends!! Summer is flying by so quickly! I hope that each of you has had opportunities to enjoy the warm weather and the outdoors between the thunderstorms! I have noted that the local ducks are happily enjoying the excess rain… and Northern-birds are wishing they could cool down in sunny Florida! Please take an opportunity to share love and support with the Smith family, as Ramona continues to fight sickness and regain her strength. We had the opportunity to represent IBC at Ammerman’s Exotic yard Sale in mid-July. It’s always a joy to visit the vendors, interact with the birds, and buy supplies for our feathered companions! A thought to share: If you, as a club member, are approached with negative comments or rumors about other active (or former) members… please take a moment to assess thoughts before responding. Several people have recently shared about negative interactions. Our Bird Club should be a positive place to be, if our goal is to work and learn together. When we get crazy with each other… let’s get crazy about birds!!! Looking ahead~ In August we have a guest speaker from the local Audubon Society. Mr. Reinier Munguia will be presenting Page 3 “Parrots of the World”. More next month…
Bird Talk Magazine It was announced Friday 13th, that Bird Talk magazine will be discontinued. The September issue will be their last. Member Club
An Update on Ramona’s Condition Ramona was taken to the hospital on Friday after the Imperial Club meeting in June due to severe pain. She was in for nearly a week. During her stay she was operated on to get one of her kidney’s working again. An oversize stint was put in and the kidney began to function once again. The Dr. said that she could not continue chemo treatments unless both kidney’s were working properly. Ramona has had some good days and some not so good days lately. The pain medications that the Dr. has prescribed is doing a good job of keeping the pain levels low. Being able to sustain her weight continues to be a struggle. She has been able to eat solid foods once again though in small amounts. On Friday, she fell while at the drug store giving her some scrapes and bruises and a gouge on the head. Continue to remember her in your thoughts and prayers. She very much appreciates all the cards, phone calls and flowers that she has received! Fred Smith
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Club Affiliations AFA Reps (2) Fred Smith & Lisa Prescott FFA Reps(2) Fred Smith & Jean Pattison FFA President Marty Dochstader
Bird Club Officers President - Lisa Prescott-863-370-1764 Vice President –Jean Pattison-863-686-4532 Treasurer - Fred Smith-863-858-6739 Secretary-Valerie Kane-863-439-5199 Director-Monique Desrochers-863-521-2046 Director-Jim Aldrich-734-476-9079 Director-Carol Aldrich-734-476-9079 AFA Regional Director-Florida, Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands-Fred Smith-863-858-6739
IBC Committees Expo Chairman—Ramona Smith-863-858-6739 Librarian-Gloria Boughton & Lois Wygonik Historian– Lisa Prescott Legislation-Fred Smith-863-858-6739 Publicity-Marni Cooper-407-496-3797 Food Chair-Monique Desroschers Hospitality - Rachael Holley
The Imperial Bird Club will refuse to accept adver-
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Cont. from page 11 8. The "Things" That You Own Many of the very possessions that we used to own are still in our lives, but we may not actually own them in the future. They may simply reside in "the cloud." Today your computer has a hard drive and you store your pictures, music, movies, and documents. Your software is on a CD or DVD, and you can always re-install it if need be. But all of that is changing. Apple, Microsoft, and Google are all finishing up their latest "cloud services." That means that when you turn on a computer, the Internet will be built into the operating system. So, Windows, Google, and the Mac OS will be tied straight into the Internet. If you click an icon, it will open something in the Internet cloud. If you save something, it will be saved to the cloud. And you may pay a monthly subscription fee to the cloud provider. In this virtual world, you can access your music or your books, or your whatever from any laptop or handheld device. That's the good news. But, will you actually own any of this "stuff" or will it all be able to disappear at any moment in a big "Poof?" Will most of the things in our lives be disposable and whimsical? It makes you want to run to the closet and pull out that photo album, grab a book from the shelf, or open up a CD case and pull out the insert. 9. Privacy If there ever was a concept that we can look back on nostalgically, it would be privacy. That's gone. It's been gone for a long time anyway. There are cameras on the street, in most of the buildings, and even built into your computer and cell phone. But you can be sure that 24/7, "They" know who you are and where you are, right down to the GPS coordinates, and the Google Street View. If you buy something, your habit is put into a zillion profiles, and your ads will change to reflect those habits. "They" will try to get you to buy something else. Again and again. All we will have left that can't be changed are "Memories"... And then probably Alzheimers will take that away from you too ! Page 20
IBC Member’s Notice! We would like for everyone who has an e-mail address to send it to me so I can update our list. We will be sending everyone with e-mail’s a notice when the newsletter is updated on the club’s website. By viewing the newsletter online we will be able to add video’s as well as links to articles thus expanding our newsletter greatly. In the next few weeks we will be making changes to the format so that it will be easier to view and add new features as well. Those of you who are not online, we will continue to supply you with the IBC newsletter as before. Please send your current e-mail address to firstname.lastname@example.org In the subject line put IBC Member. Thank You!
Commenting on the Macaw proposal... USDA SEEKS TO LIMIT PET STORE EXEMPTION This proposal focuses on dog breeding but in the â€˜fine printâ€™ birds are included! A long time dream of HSUS and the animal rights movement in general has been the licensing and inspection of all pet breeders. From 1997 to the present they have initiated at least four bills in Congress that would dramatically extend the reach of the AWA; they also fought a court battle based on their claim that Congress' intent was the regulation of all breeders. They won in District Court but USDA appealed and the Court of Appeals found that USDA's exemption of very small breeders based on the fact that they sold at retail only was a valid exercise of regulatory judgement. (DDAL v. Venneman, decided 2003) From '97 until now, HSUS has gotten NOTHING. Their bills generally don't even get a Congressional hearing. And USDA supported the 'retail sales only' line. Now for the first time they have an Administration that is supportive of their goals. Through APHIS (the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service of USDA) there is a proposed rulemaking, APHIS Docket 20110003, that would shrink the Retail Pet Shop exemption to those breeders who require every buyer to come to the location where the animals are maintained at least once for every sale. The claimed reason is that with the growth of the Internet there is no longer assurance that breeders locations are seen by the public; this is now proclaimed to be a 'loophole.' Some other hobby breeders never bring people to their homes to buy. For reasons of either (or both) personal safety and fear of an AR 'sting' buyer looking for probable cause to set up a raid, they meet in public places. And the practices of shipping dogs and meeting at shows or elsewhere are very common. Most breeders won't be able to comply. The Proposed Rule contains what is tantamount to a Government mandate that would require that breeders permit "strangers" to come into the privacy of their homes. This mandated requirement has heightened perceived concerns that breeders could become victims of copy cat, Craig's List Killers. The proverbial "home" is supposed to be a person's "castle," and the U. S. Government should never desecrate the Rights of Privacy of one's "home" without exhausting all other rational and reasonable alPage 6 ternatives. Continued on page 7
Federal regulations that place birds and animals on the ESA list, when their origin is in other countries, only makes it more likely that within the US, these birds and animals will be less transported, less able to maintain genetic viability, and eventually become extinct in captivity. Which is likely the goal of Friends of Animals, an animal rights organization. These AR organizations have proliferated since the seventies and eighties, to the point that they are having a major influence on federal regulations. When the WBCA was proposed, the main federal staffer working on the regulations was Dr. Susan Leiberman, ex Vice President of the HSUS, who was violently against importation of exotic birds and animals. Even the Ornithologists Union proposed that small numbers of wild caught birds should be permitted to be imported in order to maintain viable gene pools. As long as the animal rights organizations continue to press for restrictive and prohibitive regulations, and reasonable organizations do not provide input, then we will continue to see serious degradation of the rights of bird and animal breeders to work with rare, endangered exotic species. Laurella Desbourgh - Bird Legislative Expert
If this proposal is passed as written, ''all breeding or keeping of these (Macaw) species will require Federal permits for sales or barter across any State line: Scarlet, Military, Buffon's, and Hyacinth macaws. Any pet owner wanting to sell their pet will also require an Interstate Commerce permit for such activity across a State line and the act prohibits these species from being sold under permit as pet birds. Rick Jordan - World known expert on breeding and Page 19
The following comment was made by the very group that has proposed putting the 4 Macaws on the Endangered List. As you will notice, they are AGAINST birds as pets! “Every bird cooped up in someone’s house is deprived of a free life with other members of their natural communities,” said Lee Hall, Legal Vice President for Friends of Animals, which filed the initial petition to list these communities of birds. “So we ask advocates in the United States and worldwide to complement our work with awareness campaigns to understand birds - no matter where they were born — as inappropriate pets.” This is just one of the reasons why we must fight these types of proposals because of who is behind them! They do not want us to own ANY animal or bird as a pet and they will try everything they can to outlaw them! A few years ago the Vinaceous Amazon was put on the ESA list “to save the species”. Since then the opposite effect has been seen in the United States because many who were breeding them decided it wasn’t worth all the paperwork and permit fees to continue. If they did produce chicks, they could only sell them within their state, so many breeders sold their pairs. When did you last see a Vinaceous Amazon for sale? This will be the same outcome for these four Macaws if this proposal is passed. IT WILL ONLY BECOME LAW IF WE DON’T SEND IN OUR OBJECTIONS TO IT! ! “Our ‘Buffons Project’ is a conservation program to produce offspring for future breeding to help same this endangered species. There are so few pairs of Buffons Macaws in the US that it is very difficult to keep a very large gene pool of unrelated birds. If this proposal passes, it will Page be even 18 harder to obtain new genes for our program”. Fred Smith
Compliance officer breaks into woman's home to yell at her over state of her lawn When the woman called 911 a deputy wasn’t sent because the compliance officer is a county employee.
A Georgia homeowner allegedly awoke to an unusual scene on July 2 — a county code compliance officer yelling at her over the state of her lawn from the doorway of her bedroom. “I woke up, I didn’t have my glasses on or my contacts in and all I see is this big burly figure standing in my doorway,” Erica Masters explained. “A big huge guy with a grey shirt. It scared the mess out of me.” She elaborated: “[He] yelled at me to wake me up, to let me know that I needed to come back outside and sign the violation notice,” informing her that her grass was too long. “I could have been coming fresh out of the shower. I mean, if I’m not answering the door, maybe it’s because I can‘t hear you because I’m in the shower,” she later pointed out. To top it off, the whole scene can be viewed on Masters’ home surveillance cameras. Jimmy Vowell, the officer in question, originally denied that he entered the house, according to the Columbia NewsTimes. When he was foiled by Masters’ security cameras, he claimed that he smelled something strange in the residence, and when he knocked on the door, it just opened. Regardless, Columbia County Administrator Scott Johnson stated the obvious: “A code enforcement officer
Continued from page 5. ...must be invited into a home. There are some circumstances where there may be extenuating circumstances … if it were a matter of life and death.” But the New York Daily News notes that Masters’ overgrown lawn was hardly a case of life-or-death, and the claim that Vowell “smelled something” is unverifiable. Making the case even stranger, when the woman called 911 a deputy wasn’t sent because Vowell is a county employee. Rather, she was transferred to Vowell’s supervisor, the News-Times reported. Vowell was originally put on administrative leave, but was fired Monday after a review by county officials. “It was a violation of policy as it relates to entering a house without permission and making a false statement to a supervisor,” County Development Services Division Director Richard Harmon told a local newspaper.
Although the scarlet macaw is not endangered or threatened in its main range in Brazil’s Amazon region (where the scarlet macaw is considered common), it is endangered in Mexico and Central America, according to the government. Overall, the agency estimated a total scarlet macaw population of between 20,000 and 50,000 birds, mostly in the Amazon. “The scarlet macaw is considered somewhat tolerant of degraded or fragmented habitat,” the agency wrote in its proposal. “If not hunted or captured for the pet trade, they can survive in human-modified landscapes provided sufficient trees remain for nesting and feeding requirements.” Comments on each proposed rule must be received within 60 days, on or before September 4, 2012. The Service will post all comments on http://www.regulations.gov. This generally means the agency will post any personal information provided through the process. The Service is not able to accept email or faxes. Written comments and information concerning each proposed listing and status review for these species can be submitted by one of the following methods to the appropriate Federal Register docket numbers:
That “false statement,” it appears, was Vowell‘s claim that he never entered Masters’ home.
Federal eRulemaking Portal: http://www.regulations.gov. Follow the instructions for submitting comments to the following docket numbers: great green and military macaws: Docket No. [FWS-R9ES-2011-0101] hyacinth macaw: Docket No. [FWS-R9-ES-2012-0013] scarlet macaws: Docket No. [FWS-R9-ES-2012-0039]
WJBF interviewed Masters’ neighbors, who said they’ve had trouble with Masters in the past (some might find it odd to have four security cameras, but 12-inch grass, for instance), but Masters promises she’ll take care of it.
“I understand (the county) having to serve a violation notice,” Masters concluded, “ but the way they handled it was completely unacceptable.”
U.S. mail or hand-delivery: Public Comments Processing, Attn: [please use appropriate docket number for each species – see above]; Division of Policy and Directives Management; U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service; 4401 N. Fairfax Drive, MS 2042–PDM; Arlington, VA 22203.
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As with the other species, poaching for the illegal pet trade can have a dramatic effect on parrot species because they tend to be long-lived, mate for life and have low reproductive rates, according to the agency. Moreover, the agency reported the mortality rate of wild-caught military macaws (that never made it to final sale) was estimated at between 30 and 90 percent. The agency reported that accurate population estimates for the great green macaw were needed and that some reports pegged the population at between 1,000 and 3,000 birds. In the 24 years following its listing on CITES Appendix 1 in 1985, Fish & Wildlife estimated 701 live birds had been involved in legal international trade, including 647 captive-bred or captive-born, 5 wild, and 15 reported as “pre-convention,” with the source of the remaining birds unknown. “The pressure historically to remove this species from the wild for the pet trade, in part due to its high commercial value, have contributed significantly to the decline in population numbers for this species,” according to the agency’s proposed rule, later indicating that great green macaws could be found for sale at between $200 and $400 in the Bosawas region of Nicauraga, where the average family income is less than $800. Captive-bred birds could sell for up to $2,500 in the U.S., the government reported. As to the scarlet macaw, the agency proposed listed as endangered the northern subspecies and the northern distinct population segment of the southern subspecies.“In addition, for law enforcement purposes, we are considering listing scarlet macaw intraspecific crosses, and individuals of the southern [distinct population segment of the southern subspecies], based on similarity of appearance to entities proposed for listing in this document,” the Fish & Wildlife proposed rule reads. “Therefore, we also request information from the public on the similarity of appearances of scarlet macaw intraspecific (within species) crosses (and individuals of the southern DPS…to the entities proposed for listing in Page 16 this document.”
Editor’s note: This case was originally about the homeowner’s grass, but this is the method that some government employee’s will use ( going into someone’s house without a warrant) to look for animals and to see if there are any violations that can be reported to Animal Control. If a government employee comes to your door and doesn’t have a warrant to search inside your house, don’t let them inside. Walk outside and close the door behind you so they cannot look inside. * Continued from page 4…
The deadline to comment on this proposal has been extended to August 15th. ''It’s deeply ironic that at the same time the Humane Society of the United States and its allies are lobbying to get egglaying chickens out of cages, that they are lobbying to get breeding dogs and puppies (including birds) removed from their loving homes, to be housed in cages with sterile impermeable surfaces'." Quoted from the English Shepherd’s Club website. This means no dog blankets, or doggie beds! No bird playgrounds - they must be in cages! If you don’t want the buying public to have the rights to come into your house or bedroom, then don’t keep your birds (or dogs) in your house or bedroom. If you raise birds and have a nursery like I have, then the buying public will have the right to come into your nursery even though you don’t know where the prospective buyer may have been prior to coming to your nursery. Were they out ‘bird shopping’ all day and have been handling birds from several other breeders and be carrying a virus on their clothes? We will have a paper at the club meeting with the address to send your e-mails and letters to. Be sure to reply. It is your right! Page 9
If the macaws are eventually listed as endangered, it would remain legal to breeder in Florida could continue to sell within Florida. It would sell currently owned birds within a person’s state, so a also remain legal to own the birds but not to cross state lines with them. In addition, permits for endangered species can be issued for scientific purposes and to enhance the propagation or survival of the species under the ESA.
Minutes from Board Meeting and General Membership Meeting for June 2012
The minutes from both these meetings will be Read at the July Meeting and approved.
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After reviewing available data and responding to a petition filed in 2008 by the Friends of Animals advocacy group, the agency determined the four species face significant threats, particularly due to habitat loss and degradation and, to a lesser extent, poaching. For the military macaw, the agency determined that the worldwide population is “substantially fewer than 10,000 individuals” and likely between 1,000 and a few thousand remaining individuals. The agency estimates that 1,119 live birds were legally traded in the 22 years between October 21, 1987 (when they were listed on CITES Appendix I) and December 31, 2009. Of those birds, 840 were either captivebred or captive-born, 119 were known to be wild-caught, and the origins of the other 160 are unknown. Captive-born specimens were offered for sale in the U.S. for about $700 in 2010, according to the government, which could be especially significant to a person in a poor country. Even though the military macaw is listed as an Appendix-I species under CITES and laws have been established with the range countries to protect this species, we are still concerned about the illegal capture of this species in the wild,” the agency wrote in its proposed rule. “Despite regulatory mechanisms in place and restricted international trade, poaching is lucrative and continues to occur.” Page 15
Feds Propose Protecting Four Macaw Species as Endangered 7/6/2012 In a proposal that could curtail interstate trade of four species of macaws, the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service today proposed listing the great green macaw, hyacinth macaw and military macaw as endangered under the Endangered Species Act (ESA), as well as certain subspecies and distinct populations of the scarlet macaw. To assist law enforcement efforts, the agency is further proposing to extend ESA protection to all scarlet macaws. “Endangered” status means that the species is in danger of extinction throughout all or a significant portion of its range. Since 1987, all of the species have been listed under Appendix I of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), which means they require both an export permit from the country of origin and an import permit from the country of destination to be traded internationally. This listing generally precludes commercial trade. In addition, imports of CITES-listed exotic birds, including all these macaws, into the U.S. was essentially eliminated by the Wild Bird Conservation Act of 1992. That act does allow for permits to be issued for scientific research, zoological breeding or as a personal pet when certain criteria are met. If the macaws are listed as endangered under the ESA, it would be illegal for any person to “take” (including capturing) these birds in the U.S. or upon the high seas; import or export them; deliver, receive, carry, transport or ship in interstate commerce in the course of commercial activity; or sell or offer for sale in interstate or foreign commerce.” Page 14
9 Things That Will Disappear In Our Lifetime Whether these changes are good or bad depends in part on how we adapt to them. But, ready or not, here they come ..... 1. The Post Office Get ready to imagine a world without the post office. They are so deeply in financial trouble that there is probably no way to sustain it long term. Email, Fed Ex, and UPS have just about wiped out the minimum revenue needed to keep the post office alive. Most of your mail every day is junk mail and bills. 2. The Cheque Britain is already laying the groundwork to do away with cheque by 2018. It costs the financial system billions of dollars a year to process cheques. Plastic cards and online transactions will lead to the eventual demise of the cheque. This plays right into the death of the post office. If you never paid your bills by mail and never received them by mail, the post office would absolutely go out of business. 3. The Newspaper The younger generation simply doesn't read the newspaper. They certainly don't subscribe to a daily delivered print edition. That may go the way of the milkman and the laundry man. As for reading the paper online, get ready to pay for it. The rise in mobile Internet devices and e-readers has caused all the newspaper and magazine publishers to form an alliance. They have met with Apple, Amazon, and the major cell phone companies to develop a model for paid subscription services. 4. The Book You say you will never give up the physical book that you hold in your hand and turn the literal pages. I said the same thing about downloading music from iTunes. I wanted my hard copy CD. But I quickly changed my mind when I discovered that I could get albums for half the price without ever leaving home to get the latest music. The same thing will happen with books. Page 12
You can browse a bookstore online and even read a preview chapter before you buy. And the price is less than half that of a real book. And think of the convenience! Once you start flicking your fingers on the screen instead of the book, you find that you are lost in the story, can't wait to see what happens next, and you forget that you're holding a gadget instead of a book. 5. The Land Line Telephone Unless you have a large family and make a lot of local calls, you don't need it anymore. Most people keep it simply because they've always had it. But you are paying double charges for that extra service. All the cell phone companies will let you call customers using the same cell provider for no charge against your minutes 6. Music This is one of the saddest parts of the change story. The music industry is dying a slow death. Not just because of illegal downloading. It's the lack of innovative new music being given a chance to get to the people who would like to hear it. Greed and corruption is the problem. Over 40% of the music purchased today is "catalogue items," meaning traditional music that the public is familiar with. Older established artists. This is also true on the live concert circuit. To explore this fascinating and disturbing topic further, check out the book, "Appetite for Self-Destruction" by Steve Knopper, and the video documentary, "Before the Music Dies." 7. Television Revenues to the networks are down dramatically. Not just because of the economy. People are watching TV and movies streamed from their computers. And they're playing games and doing lots of other things that take up the time that used to be spent watching TV. Cable rates are skyrocketing and commercials run about every 4 minutes and 30 seconds. I say good riddance to most of it. It's time for the cable companies to be put out of our misery. Let the people choose what they want to watch online and through Netflix. Page 13
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