Tuesday, October 26, 2010

National Finch Show - Reservation Deadline


-Rebecca Mikel
NFSS Exec. Secretary

Saturday, October 23, 2010

National FInch Show - San Diego, CA - Contacts

Please check out the links below - they are the links to the R.S.V.P. forms for anyone wishing to be a part of the Aviary Tours scheduled to occur as part of the National Finch Show in San Diego in November. The group organizing the tours is attempting to determine how many vehicles they'll need, so your RSVP would be greatly appreciated if you're planning on attending.

-Rebecca Mikel
NFSS Executive Secretary

Here are the links to the R.S.V.P. forms:

Thursday, October 21, 2010

National FInch Show - San Diego, CA - Update

Well, we're getting closer to the National Finch and Softbill show. We came SO close to not being able to have an event this year. While we're certainly going to miss the involvement of all the other species; thank goodness the San Diego Finch Club and the West Coast Zebra and Society Show Committee stepped up to the plate and said "NO WAY" ------ because of their dedication and hard work we ARE having a National FInch Show this year.

Have you decided which birds you're taking (or maybe you're just sneaking off for a great "birdy" weekend without your own birds to care for....!) Are your show cages cleaned, painted and ready to use? If not,, you'd better get them unpacked and dusted off!

If "showing" your birds is not something you've tried your hand at before and you have questions about what it entailsl, how to prepare your bird, or where to go to buy or borrow a show cage- make a post to THIS forum - there are any number of people willing to provide helpful advice.

Have you made your room reservations? The "special rate" is only available through October 26th - Call the Town and Country Resort and Convention Center in San Diego today to make your reservations if you've not done already (800-772-8527) - be sure to mention "Finch and Softbill Society of San Diego" in order to receive the discounted rate.

Here's the link for all the information you need to know about this event:


Do you have a grand child, niece, or nephew (or a mom, dad, or grandparent) with an interest in Aviculture? There are no age requirements for participation in this hobby!

If you're planning on arriving early or staying after the event has concluded - San Diego is home to any number of fun and exciting things to see and do. Many of them are within walking distance of the "Home Base" for this event! Aviary Tours are scheduled as part of the "official" events - so don't miss out on that opportunity to be a part of the tour, lunch, and a day spent with other enthusiasts.

Don't wait until the last minute to make your plans!

-Rebecca Mikel
NFSS Executive Secretary

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Finch Society of San Diego - Update

Work continues in San Diego by the devoted members of the Finch Society of San Diego County and the West Coast Zebra and Society Finch Show Committee members. Each are working diligently to pull together all the necessary details for the National Finch Show scheduled to occur Nov 18-20th at the Town and County Resort and Convention Center, 500 Hotel Circle North, San Diego, CA 92108 (800-772-8527).----don't forget to make room reservations prior to October 26 and to mention "Finch and Softbill Society of San Diego County" in order to get discount room rates.

Those responsible for the event this year represent a group of people with over 34 years of experience and 100 members strong, well versed in organizing shows with other avian organizations. Hats off to this group for their dedication to the hobby and their willingness to "get 'er done"! They've promised to make it an avicultural event to remember - and I have no doubt they will.

Thursday is the start of the official events, with tours of several local aviaries. If you're interested in joining the group for this informative and fun filled day - meet at the Town and Country Hotel at 9:00 a.m. Thursday morning for car pooling. The day will include tours of 3 separate aviaries as well as lunch in Fallbrook.

One of the most popular events in the past has been the AOA (Afternoon of Aviculture) - which involves an avian related presentation and then opening the floor for general questions and discussion. It's a great way to share information and put faces to the names you've been corresponding with on the Forum! This year's speakers include John Wilson, NFSS President (Friday, 11/19, 1:00/1:30 p.m.) who will be speaking on Gouldian Genetics. Immediately following John's presentation is Michael Prochazaka, MD, President, Pet DNA Services of Arizona speaking on "DNA Testing in Aviculture". And wrapping up the AOA, the ever-popular "Judge's Clinic" where you get the opportunity to meet with some of our NFSS Panel Judges for a Q&A. Last, but not least, is the General NFSS meeting scheduled for 6:00 p.m. that evening.

There will be people available to assist with Bird Show entries all day Friday up until 9:00 p.m. There will also be a brief time on Saturday morning during which you may enter your birds, but only up until 8:00 a.m.,as judging is scheduled to begin at 9:00 am. sharp. Our esteemed judge this year - Vince Moase. A banquet and awards presentation will follow the completion of the judging at 7:00 p.m. Saturday evening, after which time all birds may be removed from the show hall.

As more details are finalized and additional information becomes available - there will be posts to the forum - so stay tuned for the latest!

If anyone is interested in a renting a booth - contact Antonia antonio979@aol.com or by phone at (914) 512 0632 booth space is free of charge with a 2 night stay!

-Rebecca Mikel
NFSS Executive Secretary

Monday, October 11, 2010

Relax with sounds of spring

I found this wonderful website of enjoyable sounds, let it plays as background during your workday....


Enjoy it!

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

National Finch Show in San Diego November 18th-20th - update


For those of you planning on attending the National Finch Show in San Diego November 18th-20th who have not yet made your room reservations, please remember - the $99 group rate (by mentioning Finch Society of San Diego), is only good for the dates 11/16-23/10. You can call to make reservations at 800-772-8527. They can guarantee as many rooms as necessary up to OCTOBER 26th - after that date, the group rate will be based on availability.

The "home base" for this year's event is the Town and Country Resort and Convention Center, 500 Hotel Circle North, San Diego, CA 92108. This hotel is in the heart of San Diego, and been welcoming guests for over 50 years. They offer luxurious accommodations, countless amenities, and devoted attention to their guests.

Their modern accommodations are in 2 towers or ranch style garden bungalows that capture the feeling of a cozy retreat. There are swimming pools, in room coffee makers, remote control TV, in room pay movies, voice mail, high speed internet access (nomimal fee), full bath amenities, iron/ironing board, AM/FM alarm clock radio, hair dryer, free weekday newspaper and room service (6:00 a.m. - midnight).

They also have 5 restaurants - from casual to "inspired" - from Deli to Fresh Seafood and Steak, home made pastries, and food, fun, and spirits!

The Bella Tosca Day Spa, Salon, and Fitness Center invites you to indulge in a 14,000 square foot mediterranean style spa, complete with a yoga room, meditation room, and state of the art fitness center. Treat yourself to a signature massage or a personal body treatment. The spa features 14 treatment rooms, separate men's and women's area complete with locker room, relaxation area, sauna steam room, and jacuzzi.

There are several local attractions within close driving (and some within walking) distance of the Center - including Sea World of San Diego, San Diego Zoo, and many nearby Indian Gaming facilities throughout San Diego county. There are approximately 70 miles of beaches and over 85 beautiful and challenging golf courses in San Diego near the Resort. Belmont Park - a beachfront amusement park is nearby - as is Qualcomm Stadium and Petco Park.

Transportation to and from the Resort and local attractions is convenient through the San Diego Light -Rail Trolley System - which is located just over the foot bridge, a short walk from the North Tower of the Resort.

Also nearby are some of San Diego's historical sites including Old Towne San Diego, the famous Bazaar Del Mundo, Cabrillo National Monument, Gaslamp Quarter, or one of the region's many missions. Also within close proximity to the Resort are the Botanical Gardens, Museums, Galleries, and Wineries in the North Country.

...............it sounds like we could make room reservations for a month and not run out of fun things to do before and after this National Finch Show!

Rebecca Mikel
NFSS Executive Secretary

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