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We are proud to feature members of the Northwest Bird Club who are, or have been outstanding volunteers. They go above & beyond to help out our club and deserve a huge "Thank You" from all of us!

If you'd like to submit a write up about a club volunteer, please submit your article to Juli at jd@jeweldesigns.com



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Joanie Doss ~

Joanie DossJoanie Doss joined the NW Bird Club in 2005. She has been the president of our club for the last 5 years. There are currently only 2 bird clubs left in Oregon and we owe her a debt of gratitude for leading our club through a difficult period. She introduced mini-mart sales before meetings, formed committees to present bird programs in the community, streamlined meetings, updated our bylaws and rules, averted a lawsuit against the club, and publicly recognized the efforts of board members.

Joanie came to us from Alaska. She was the newsletter editor of the bird club there for 6 years. Now Joanie lives in Eagle Point with her husband Bill and 5 Amazons—2 Blue Fronts and 3 Napes. She has written 5 books, 4 of which are about Amazon parrots. She is an expert on Amazon behavior and training and has been sought as a speaker on these topics. She is constantly asked about age related and seasonal aggressive behavior and the reasons for feather plucking. She has been interviewed many times on radio, TV, and by newspapers. Paul Harvey News and CNN Headline news did spots on her Blue Fronted Amazon, Pepper.  She has contributed to many parrot magazines and publications including Bird Talk, Parrot Talk, The Original Flying Machine, Caged Bird, Amazon Quarterly, and World of Birds, plus additional smaller publications.

Joanie’s 5 male Amazons have been with her for over 20 years. Her birds performed 45 minute performances when she lived in Alaska. She says she and her birds are retired now. She has been a great resource for us and has always had the best interests of the bird club at heart.

Submitted by Nancy Ingram

Visit Joanie's Page in our "Published Authors" section for more information & downloadable artices!
A collection of Joanie Doss's replies to questions and posts about Amazon parrots:
http://www.parrothouse.com/jdosfaq.html
You can order Joanie's books here:
http://www.parrothouse.com/bodylanguage.htm
Visit Joanie's Amazing Amazons Photo Gallery:
http://www.parrothouse.com/amazingamazons.html


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Sabra Scotton ~

When I appointed Sabra Scotten as newsletter editor several years go, I thought she would do a good job. Well, she did more than a good job. She made the newsletter interesting and informative by including many articles on the care of birds as well as many interestingSabra Scotton facts on different species.

There is a lot of work to be done as an editor. Not only did she have to write and arrange the newsletter but also the printing and assembly and even the mailing. This requires many hours of time and work. Sabra also reads a lot and learns from others. She started with little knowledge of birds and a couple of cockatiels. She quickly learned how to care and breed cockatiels and over the years acquired and learned about other species of parrots as well as finches and canaries.

Sabra not only worked as our newsletter editor for many years, but also served on several committees. She has been in charge of our photography contest at our Bird Mart since it first started. She has served as the secretary of the club and still remained as the editor. Sabra has been a corner stone for the function and success of our club. She can always be counted on to finish any project she takes on as well as offer a helping hand to any member that needs it.

She continues to be a valuable club member and is retiring from the Newsletter Editor/Secretary position and she will be greatly missed!

Sabra is listed in our Breeder's List and also has contributed a very funny take on building her aviary!

Submitted by Joanie Doss


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Nancy Ingram ~

Nancy Ingram has been a member of the Northwest Bird Club since 1997.  She was a member of the Columbia Canary Club for 2 years. She has been a supporter and contributed her talents and time to making the Northwest Bird Club a better one.  Nancy has been our vice-president in past years and has volunteered to chair and work on several projects.  For several years, she has been the vendor chairman of our annual bird mart, she is our secretary and also handles all the membership renewals. She wears many hats in our club and she is one of the most dependable people I know.  Not only is something done when she says she will do it, but it is done completely and correctly. 

Nancy IngramWhen she was 9 years old she had her first bird, a parakeet. In 1995 her interest in birds grew. Although she has bred and raised Little Green Singers, Red-cheek Cordon Bleus, Goldbreasted Waxbills, Owl Finches, Fire Finches and Strawberry Finches, she enjoys breeding the Strawberry Finches the most. The domestic breeding of this species does not keep up with the demand. Since there is no longer importation of these birds, they could disappear from the bird trade because of their short life spans.

Nancy breeds her birds on a planted sun porch and provides them with live insects. She experimented with different nesting structures that provide a feeling of security for her birds. Her system has given her excellent results.

Nancy learned how to breed and raise finches by reading everything she could find in magazines and books. She wrote down what she learned about each species and kept track of experiences with her own birds. She feels her best reference is a book called "Keeping and Breeding Finches and Seed-eaters" by Russell Kingston. She has a fact sheet that goes with the birds that she sells.

Nancy has written articles that appeared in: Journal of the National Finch and Softbill Society, "Strawberry Finches" (Amandava amandava) September/October 2011, "The Goldbreasted Waxbill" (Amandava subflava) July/August 2010, "Little Green Singers" (Serinus mozambicus) May/June 2008 (Part 2), "Little Green Singers" (Serinus mozambicus) May/June 2006 (Part 1), "Finches and Medicinal Plants" January/February 2006, "Exotic Finches In a Sun Porch Aviary" March/April 2004. Besides writing and raising birds, Nancy finds time to work on her hobby of pottery that she has done since 1965.

Submitted by Joanie Doss

Visit Nancy's Page in our "Published Authors" section for more information & downloadable artices!
Check out Nancy's Aviary Page and she is also listed on our Breeder's List!


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Harold & Merideth Fitzsimmons ~

Harold and Merideth fondly remember when the NW Bird Club had bird shows and a broker (ShirleyThigpin) who bought, sold, and shipped their birds. There were many bird clubs in Oregon and Harold sometimes drove with a friend through the state trading birds.

Harold & Merideth Fitzsimmons

Merideth has kept chickens for over 50 years. Today she has 26 birds---Americondas, Black Austrolops, Old English Game Chickens, Black Sex Links and Barred Rocks. She raises them for eggs. For many years she had a cockatiel in the house. Merideth was the club membership chairman for many years as well as corresponding secretary, picked up the mail, and helped the hospitality committee set up the meeting site.

Harold had his first birds at age 8. He worked as a carpenter and once in the 1980s was paid for the job in Lovebirds. His interest in this species has lasted more than 30 years.  Harold built custom cages and nest boxes for other bird breeders. He feeds his birds a daily soft food recipe. The basis of this diet is steamed rolled corn to which he adds minced frozen carrots, string beans, peas, and some Cheerios. He uses Sweet and Sassy seed for his Love Birds. He has had as many as 24 pairs of Lovebirds at one time but he averaged 12 pairs. He lets the parents raise the chicks for the first 10 weeks. He handles and feeds them for the last week or two. For a short time he had 6 pairs of Senegals.

WE WANT TO THANK HAROLD AND MEREDITH FOR ALL OF THEIR  HARD WORK AND MANY YEARS OF COMMITMENT TO OUR CLUB!

Submitted by Nancy Ingram

Visit Nancy's Page in our "Published Authors" section for more information & downloadable artices!
Check out Nancy's Aviary Page and she is also listed on our Breeder's List!








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