March, 2003

The President’s Perch
Steve Fitzsimmons, 2003 MACAW President

Welcome to our March issue of the MACAW Flyer. Thanks to all of you who were able to make it to our last meeting on February 9th. Did everyone get a chance to enjoy the warm rhythms from  the Caribbean along with the chips and salsa? Hopefully, it gave us all a brief break from the -20 wind chills just outside. It was quite a meeting, we had some special guests from the Capital Times on site interviewing some of us and taking pictures of our birds for a future article to be written on our club. Dr. Temple gave an entertaining and educational discussion on the research he has been involved with in regards to saving the Peregrine Falcon and California Condor. The meeting ended with our lottery ticket giveaway. Congratulations to Kathy Thimling and Gene Wolhler our lucky winners. With only 10 members (including board) in attendance, the odds were pretty good to win a ticket. 

I now invite you to read through our March issue. In this issue we list our upcoming events, reminders, and much more. Also, don't forget to visit our web site for up to the minute news. Especially now, since we don't know when our article will be published in the Capital Times, we will most likely have to announce this on our web site as soon as we hear from them as to the date. Also our MACAW Flyers are on our web site as well as answers to your questions on the forums page. Our web site address is Hope to see you at our March meeting, Sunday, March 9th when Naya Brangenberg will talk about her research involving the endangered Kakapo parrot of New Zealand. This is an interesting parrot, it weighs about 8 pounds, is nocturnal, can't fly and looks a little like an owl. There are only a few of these big parrots left.

Steve Fitzsimmons
MACAW President

                                                        You Won't Want To Miss This! 
                                                    Jackie Hugo, MACAW Board Member

The Madison Area Cagebird Association of Wisconsin (M.A.C.A.W.) proudly presents our 20th Anniversary Pet Bird Seminar. Speakers include Joanne Paul-Murphy, DVM, Jean A. Paré, DVM, Peter Sakas, DVM, and Rob Porter, DVM -- some of the best professionals in their fields. The topics that will be discussed include the West Niles Virus, the emerging Exotic New Castles Disease, Avian Pain Relief,  Household Hazards, and The Avian Respiratory System. All very important topics regarding our companion parrots health and well being. Very valuable up-to-the-minute information brought together for this one time event for you by M.A.C.A.W. It promises to be a very educational and entertaining afternoon. At the end of the seminar there will be a Veterinarian panel question and answer session. Here you will be able to ask the doctors what their thoughts are on a particular question you might have. This alone can be worth more than the informative seminar's price of just $25 per person. 

This special anniversary seminar is being held on May 3rd at the Dane County Humane Society's meeting room. It will start at 12:00pm and go to 6:30pm with breaks between speakers. Space is limited to the room's capacity, so please make sure to send in your registrations ASAP. To be fair to everyone who may wish to attend, reservations will be taken on a first come, first serve basis and at this price and with these speakers we ask that you buy your tickets now to guarantee your seat.

Our silent auction will offer a great variety of items to bid on at the seminar. Please be sure to visit the auction and make a bid on something that you would like. Bring a few extra dollars so you can take advantage of all the different auctions that may interest you. One way our club raises the much-needed funds that we in turn donate to worthy causes, comes from money raised through these auctions. Your participation helps our club do this as well as being able to bring you these worthy educational seminars at such good prices. We hope that you will join us on May 3rd for this special educational event. Please see the registration form for more details, or call me at (608) 825-1023 after 5:30 p.m. Thank you.

                                                    The Kakapo: A Parrot Like No Other 
                                                    Paula Fitzsimmons, Education Director

A bird that cannot fly, weighs up to eight pounds and is nocturnal. What I have just described is a parrot -- the Kakapo, a parrot endemic to New Zealand. The Kakapo is a unique parrot, bearing little resemblance to any other psittacine. But it does have one thing in common with many other parrot species -- the threat of extinction. With only 62 individuals left, the Kakapo faces an uncertain future. 

If you are fascinated by this bird and want to learn more, why not join us in March to learn about Naya Brangenberg's experiences working with the Kakapo? Naya, a third-year veterinary student at the
UW-Madison School of Veterinary Medicine, has first-hand knowledge of the Kakapo. She spent time in 
New Zealand, working up-close with the Kakapo, testing it for deadly strains of salmonella. 

Naya's experience is not limited to her work with the Kakapo. Her impressive resume includes veterinary technician experience at Paxutent Wildlife Research Center, where she worked with Whooping
and Sandhill Cranes, and American Kestrels. She has also worked in Puerto Rico on the Parrot Breeding 
Project, for the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service doing population surveys on Forrester Island -- as well as for a 
host of other conservation programs. 

I want to point out that Naya approached me about speaking for our group. She is very enthused about sharing her knowledge with us. If you would like to learn more about the Kakapo before the March meeting, the Kakapo Recovery Programme has extensive information online at

                                                            M.A.C.A.W. Education Calendar 
                                                    Paula Fitzsimmons, MACAW Education Director

March 9th - Naya Brangengberg. Please see article for more information. 
April 13th - Externship recipients Allison Shreve and Maria Verbrugge, students at the UW-Madison 
                   Veterinary Medical School. Topic: Egg Binding. 
May 3rd (Sat.) - Our avian education seminar and auction at DCHS. 
June 8th - Presenter or field trip

Each month the schedule is as follows:
- Board meeting starts at 1:00. All MACAW members are welcome to attend board meetings.
- Hospitality break is at 2:00 pm.
- Speaker is at 2:30 pm.
- M.A.C.A.W. meetings are held the second Sunday of the month (excluding June, July, & August).

Meeting Location:
Midvale Community Lutheran Church
4329 Tokay Blvd., Madison, WI
Rooms 221-223 (second floor)
The meeting location is accessible by the Madison Metro bus system as well as handicapped accessible.

                                                                    Foster Homes Needed 
                                                        Paula Fitzsimmons, Education Director

NetPets.Org is now using all of its resources in the cooperative formation of a Nation Wide network of INDIVIDUAL FOSTER HOMES who will be  able to care for the Dogs and Birds of all those in the military and all other personnel that will be going  overseas during these trying times. Your support will assure that these beloved pets will be nurtured and  cared for, for as long as needed. To offer to foster a dog or bird please send your Name, the Name of your  Rescue Organization, Your Location, and your Phone Number to

Reminders ...

- MADCAT Pet Supplies offers MACAW members 10% off all bird supply purchases.
- Sandi offers free cage cleaning service to MACAW members (donations appreciated).
- The next Busy Bird Toy Bird Fair will be Sunday March 2nd at the VFW.
- May 3rd MACAW hosts the 2003 Pet Bird Seminar at the Humane Society.
- Article to appear in the Capital Times on our bird club.

She was not quite what you would call refined. 
She was not quite what you would call unrefined. 
She was the kind of person that keeps a parrot. 
- Mark Twain

                                            Dane County Humane Society Corner - Adoptable Adorables
                                                            Sandi Meinholz, MACAW Board Member

As of this writing, the shelter has four doves available for adoption. Please contact Jane Hanson 
with questions about bird adoptions at 608-838-0413, extension 101.

                                                            Fine Feathered Friends Update 
                                                      Sandi Meinholz, MACAW Board Member

Fine Feathered Friends Sanctuary, Inc. has 26 Zebra Finches (including 2 silver females) and 7 
parakeets (5 males and 2 females) available for adoption. For more info on these wonderful birds contact 
Sandi Meinholz at 274-2615 or

                                                                        In Season... 
                                                Carol Giffin, MACAW Board Member

February and March is the time to prune your fruit trees. If you haven't used pesticides on your tree this past year the pruned branches make perfect perches and chew toys. Just cut branches into 2 to 3 inch pieces then drill a hole and wall you have free beads to string into toys. Another idea is to put a larger branch into a flower pot filled with sand and it instantly becomes a play stand.

                                                                2003 Busy Bird Fairs 
                                                              (First Sunday in month)

April 6, May 4, June 1, July 6, Oct 5, Nov 2, Dec 7 

VFW Hall , 301 Cottage Grove Rd. , Madison, WI 
10 am -3 pm, $2.00 Admission
Sheila at 608-362-4696 / email 
Stop by the MACAW table and say hello to Kathy and other members staffing the table!


Feathered Fid's Bird Boarding
Jackie Hugo
Reasonable Rates
Health Exams Required
Including Blood Work
M.A.C.A.W. Members 10% Discount
(608) 825-1023 / (608) 358-8576

                                                Sue Brunsell, Membership Director

Time to Renew?
The mailing label on your newsletter will have 2/02 on it if you joined in February 2002. If it says 2/02 or earlier, please renew your membership with a $15 check to MACAW. Mail to MACAW, c/o Sue Brunsell, Membership Director, 2240 Keyes Ave., Madison, WI 53711.

                                                Madison Area Cagebird Association of Wisconsin

President: Steve Fitzsimmons

Vice President: Lois Morehouse

Secretary: Ruth Gundlach 

Treasurer: Pam McCloud-Smith 

Education Director: Paula Fitzsimmons

Membership Directors: 
Sue Brunsell 

Pam Hosler 

Librarian: Kathy Thimling 

Newsletter: Christene Crubaugh 

Website: Ed Almasy

M.A.C.A.W. membership still just $15.00 for a one-year family membership!

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