Meet Some of the Dynamic People of Aviculture

Outstanding in Their Field

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There are many people in the world of aviculture that keeps things moving in a forward direction. If you are an average person who has a bird who occasionally pops onto the internet for information, tips or advice, you might not know many of these people who are trying to improve the experience of living with birds for both the birds and the people. And you might have come to realize by now that living with birds isn’t the easiest thing in the world.

Satisfying? At times. Frustrating? Oh yeah! But it’s never been boring. At least not to me. 

 These people work for you on your behalf. They defy the archaic and outdated by trying new things, delving into research and thinking up new ways to make living with birds better for both the birds and the human. 

They shape the industry and the experience for the birds and the families who love and care for them. These people are passionate about what they do proud of their accomplishments and yet they don’t ever stop trying to discover new methods of care, training, education, medicine, and nutrition. 

In my time in the industry I’ve been lucky enough to meet many of them: Dr. Susan Friedman, Dr. Irene Pepperberg, Jason Crean, Dr. Scott Echols, Dr. Karen Becker, Dr. Susan Orzos, Lisa Bono, Ann Brooks of Phoenix Landing, The people of the American Federation of Aviculture, Jacqueline Johnson and the staff at Best Friends Animal Society…well, the list goes on and on.


I’ll be doing a series on some of these people and what it is that they have done and what they are trying to accomplish. The series is called, “The Faces of Aviculture” and over time, I’ll be interviewing these individuals about their work and what they would like to see in the future for us and for our flocks.


You may wonder how new trends in parrot care occur. Who began spreading the widespread use of positive reinforcement training? Why is a yearly medical checkup stressed? Why has the diet changed so much from what it used to be? Parrot toys seem to be changing in shape and structure. How has that happened?

These and more are all questions the professionals and specialists in the business will be answering. You will learn how they got involved with birds and their role in the field. 

Things have changed tremendously even in the last 20 years. These people have tirelessly attempted to move this field forward into not just a hobby, but a lifestyle and an activity people love. By making it easier for us to enjoy our birds, they have changed what we love by improving it, refining it and involving science, medicine and practical applications of common sense and experience. The old and out-of date information is being replaced by new ideas, new data and new findings. The world of aviculture is constantly evolving and the people who work on this evolvement are constantly reading, adapting and discovering new ways to do things better. 

These are some of the people who’s work you might want to get acquainted with and I’m happy to be able to introduce some them to you through this series.

They have a lot to say about a myriad of things and an in-depth knowledge about their field of work. 

By getting to know these people, you you are introduced to what they specialize in and will be able to research what they do and learn from them to make your relationship with your bird more pleasant, healthier, more satisfying and a lot more fun. 

They’ve worked extensively in the field both with birds and with the people who love them. 

They teach, they write, they create and they speak at events. They are leaders in the field.

I’m hoping it will be an interesting series for you and that you will learn from it. I guess I’ve always liked placing a face with a name. And this is the series that will accomplish just that for you as well.