The American Federation of Aviculture, Inc., acknowledges the achievement of the following individuals who have satisfied the requirements of the Fundamentals of Aviculture, and are accordingly recognized as AFA Certified Aviculturists, Level I.
Certificate holders are also listed on the AFA website.
Our goal is: Develop an educational program for Aviculturists. As aviculturists, we are responsible for making decisions for our birds regarding their health. Members learn and share with each other clinical microbiology, bacteriology, mycology, sterilization to rule out bacteria, fungus and other diseases in their own aviaries. Requirement: The member must have a Sponsor Veterinarian to assist with the final diagnosis and treatment.
This Foundation is to help our birds, not hurt our bird community.
Cherane Pefley, Founder
Please print the Membership Application. Complete application and include a check for $50.00. Please make checks to ...Aviculture Microbiology Foundation, Inc. and send it to the Post Office address included in the application.
Background information is most helpful for the integrity of the Foundation and our purpose so please accommodate this request to make your application process quickly.
* You will be required to fill out a complete history regarding your breeding Birds.
* You will be required to fill out the questionnaire to the best of your ability.
* You must participate in the basic microbiology, biology and sterilization either by online or seminar.
* You must follow the policies which will come to you once your membership is accepted by Membership Committee.
Online group for members of the Foundation:
* You will be required to have your online YahooGroups profile visible at all times if you join the online group.
*Your Signature line limit to name and your domain name ONLY. Special permission given before acceptance into Foundation for any educational organization with board/officer position.
*You must vote in all polls brought to Aviculture Microbiology Foundation, Inc.
Failure to comply (after notices or board members requests or whatever) will result in termination/removal of your participation on this list or as a member of Aviculture Microbiology Foundation, Inc. (no refund for membership paid)
Board of Directors of Aviculture Microbiology Foundation, Inc.
Here are a few comments from members regarding the Aviculture Microbiology Foundation:
1. Needs. When my birds get sick I need to know what he has, so I look in my
scope and find the bugs that are making him sick, I am benefiting from this
group by learning more and more on how to do this and what techniques to use,
i.e., culture procedures and cleanness.
2. I expect to get my birds treated and healthy much faster than the old method of waiting for the vet and two week period waiting for culture results from the state lab, and another week for the vet to get it in the mail and read it to me, usually the bird is well by then or dead.
3. I expect to stay on top of all the unhealthy bugs that plague my flock so that I can find them and eradicate them before they become a problem, now I know what they look like and they cannot hide from me, and I am benefiting from this group by learning constantly learning about new ones and avoiding the dangers that might spread them to my birds.
1. Needs: Since my flock is "gone through" annually by my vet we have a good handle on the over all picture of the flock. I need to go one step further and be
able to "see" things in the interim.
2. To be able to bounce things and ideas off of peers. People who speak the
same language, so to speak.
3. Expectations: The help is here if needed, along with support and others knowledge and their willingness to share.
4. Benefits: A better understanding of my flock, and how to better care for them.
1. To me belonging to the foundation means an opportunity to learn and discuss avian health and wellness in an in-depth level with people more knowledgeable and experienced than myself. In this group I have the opportunity to learn how to do some culturing, gram stains, and learn how to recognize some microscopic parasites.
2. It is stressed we members are to work in conjunction with a sponsoring veterinarian, not to try to replace the expertise of those who are fully trained nor to advise someone else how to treat their birds.
3. We have the opportunity to purchase needed supplies through the organization, We can ask others for their opinions.
4. In my locale no classes are available to the public sector to learn about the keeping and care of exotic birds. As a member of this group I can ask others, listen to what they have to say and not just rely on myself.
1. Learning about new developments in disease identification and new treatments.
2. Opportunity to discuss with fellow Aviculturists in interpreting slides or plates.
3. A good tool for the speedy identification and more rapid treatment to assist my veterinarian in helping my birds.
4. Helping to prevent the unnecessary administration of antibiotics or other medications.
Benefits gained from membership.
1. Improve my personal knowledge of microbiology
2. Gain the benefit of personal research done by each member of a group of like minded individuals.
3. Gain up to date knowledge of diseases which might be relatively unknown or rare in my area but common in another part of the world.
Benefits gained from membership:
1. Specific knowledge regarding avian microbiology.
2. Specific knowledge and skills concerning avian microbiologic diagnosis.
3. Specific knowledge regarding sanitation and sterilization.
4. General knowledge regarding implications of diagnosis to a certain bird.
5. General knowledge regarding implications of diagnosis to the flock.
6. The experiences of leaders of aviculture regarding epidemic outbreaks of common viral pathogens.
We look forward to hearing from you with regard to your participation with membership.
Cherane Pefley, Founder
Other thoughts and benefits come to mind regarding our Foundation as:
1. A systematic, disciplined and intensive approach in getting data and evaluating Aviary management.
2. Investigation results that will give valuable information to the veterinarian.
3. Process of learning from other Aviculturist microbiology and stimulates ideas within the Aviculture Community.
4. Valued Microbiology Foundation within our Aviculture Community in that we provide 'tools' for useful data and to improve production activity.
Board of Directors
Linda Seger, Secretary
Linda Seger has been an aviculturist since 1990. Mrs. Seger started as the Internet Research Developer. Mrs. Seger has been the Secretary for the AMBF since 2000. She was most recently employed by the American Lung Association where she produced fund raising materials. She also produced newsletters and other promotional and educational materials for the Spartanburg Coalition for Better Health. Mrs. Seger was formerly employed as an Executive Secretary for an international manufacturing corporation. She currently translates French short stories for an Australian magazine. Mrs. Seger, as Column Editor will write on ecological issues for a startup magazine published in France. Mrs. Seger has put together a website at http://birdmag.com where she informs readers about the “art and business” of aviculture. Mrs. Seger studied Fine Arts at West Virginia University and worked as a laboratory technician at the WVU Hospital in the Departments of Pharmacology and Neuropathology. Mrs. Seger is Sectary and Treasurer of the Aviculture Microbiology Foundation, Inc.
As for the benefits of membership:
1. Knowledge and self-assurance
2. Health benefits to our birds
3. Equipment and supplies
4. Support and friendship
Graduate of Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, Illinois,
Bachelor of Fine Arts with a minor in Biological Sciences
Graduate of University of California at Los Angeles, Master of Arts
California Secondary School, California Junior College Work Experience: Microbiology Research Laboratory, Southern Illinois: University Cancer Research Laboratory, University of Colorado,Boulder
High Altitude Observatory, University of Colorado, Boulder
Petrofina Oil Company, Denver, Colorado
Teaching Experience: John F Kennedy University, Orinda, California
Thesis Advisor for Master's Thesis Students
Walnut Creek Civic Arts, Walnut Creek, California
Adult Education/Extension Courses
DeLaSalle High School, Concord, California
Mercy High School, San Francisco, California
During her undergraduate years, Laurella Desborough worked as Staff Artist for the Microbiology Department at Southern Illinois University where she illustrated the scientist's papers. Among other studies, she completed studies in biology, zoology, embryology, comparative anatomy and human dissection along with the pre-med students. During her graduate years she worked for a Cancer Research Laboratory in Boulder, Colorado, and later for the Department of Physics at the University of Colorado where she prepared manuscripts for research articles and for a book, Lectures in Theoretical Physics, Volume II. She later received a Master's Degree from UCLA. At this time she edited the manuscript for a book on dentistry, Becoming A Dentist. During the eighties and early nineties she edited all the speaker manuscripts for the six publications of the Proceedings of the Avian Research Fund Seminars.
Jean Pattison, Membership Chair
Co-Authored African Parrots
Jean Pattison is an expert on African parrots. Mrs. Pattison operates a breeding facility in Lakeland, Florida, with over 100 pairs of African Parrots, including an impressive collection of Un-cape parrots. Pattison is the founder of the Florida Federation of Aviculture, Inc. a not for profit corporation. She is a popular scheduled speaker at aviculture conferences and conventions across the country. Pattison co-authored the recently published book African Parrots. She is also a consultant to other authors because of her knowledge of the behavior and social patterns of the poicephalus and other African parrots. Mrs. Pattison is an Artist and paints portraits of exotic birds. Mrs. Pattison is on the Board of Directors as Membership Chairperson and is the AMBF Graphic Designer.
Sandee L. Molenda Vice President
Specialty Organization Vice President
American Federation of Aviculture
Jack M. Gaskin, DVM, Ph.D.
Department of Pathobiology, College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Florida
Daryl (Sam) Backos, DVM. Dip, ABV
Dr. Backos worked as pathologist for Maryland Department of Agriculture in 1980. During the six years tenure, he became well versed in microbiology. In 1986 he moved to Florida to pursue a career in the private sector as an Avian Veterinarian where he was Board Certified in Avian Practice in 1995. He currently owns and operates Backos Bird Clinic in Deerfield Beach, Florida where he continues to practice exclusively Avian Veterinary Medicine. (954) 427-0777
Brian Speer, DVM. Dip, ABVP, ECAMS
The Medical Center for Birds
3807 Main Street
Oakley, CA 94561
is the past president of of the Association of Avian Veterinarians and is an internationally accredited author in avian medicine. He owns and operates The Medical Center for Birds in Oakley, California. He has written many scientific publications for the Association of Avian Veterinarians Journal, and is an internation speaker on veterinary issues. He is certified in the European veterinary community, ECAMS. Speer co-authored the popular book Birds For Dummies.
Letty Schelling, Aviculture Microbiology Educator
Rick Jordan, Aviculture Educator
(Owner and Nursery Manager) A world renowned author and lecturer, Rick has written the following books on psittacine husbandry, Parrot Incubation Procedures, Parrots: Hand-feeding and Nursery Management, co-authored with Howard Voren and African Parrots, co-authored with Jean Pattison. In addition to his books, Rick has written hundreds of articles, published in numerous scientific and pet-trade journals across the world, and has created a video on “Incubation and Hatching”. Currently he is working on two new books scheduled to be released in midyear 2002. Rick is the recipient of two U.S. First Breeding Awards from the American Federation of Aviculture, Inc. - one for the Javan Moustached parakeet, and the other for the Crimson-bellied conure.
Bob Johnson, Educator of Habitats and Nutrition
Bob Johnson has a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration and a Master's Degree in Psychology. He has been working with parrots for more than 25 years and maintains a 1/4 acre,16' high free-flight natural habitat which houses 130 parrots, 95 of which are macaws. He has taught for both the University of Miami and Fla. International University at Parrot Jungle in the Dade County Schools' Teacher Education Program teaching how to teach about parrots. He was also the guidance counselor at the Miami Agricultural School and taught nutrition and natural health in the Adult Education Program. He specializes in holistic health care which he employs regularly with his birds in the form of natural foods, nutritional supplements, herbs and other natural modalities. He is a frequent speaker at many bird clubs.