2012 Midwest Bird Expo - Was a HUGE success!
SATURDAY MAY 11, 2013
Kane County Exhibition Hall
525 South Randall Road
St. Charles, IL 60174-1533
9:30am - 4:00pm
2013 Midwest Bird Expo
Special Guest Speakers
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Dr Karen Becker 10:30am
Karen Becker graduated from University of
Wisconsin-Stevens Point majoring in Wildlife and International Resource
Management in 1993. She received her degree in veterinary medicine from
the Iowa State School of Veterinary Medicine in 1997. Dr Becker
completed an exotic animal internship in California in 1997 and is
certified in Veterinary Acupuncture and Homeopathy. Dr Becker owns
Natural Pet Animal Hospital, Feathers Bird Clinic and TheraPaw
Rehabilitation and Pain Management Clinic in Illinois. This is her 25th
year as a federally licensed wildlife rehabilitator, caring for over 200
wild animals a year through her non-profit Covenant Wildlife
Dr. Becker often lectures about species
appropriate nutrition and has co-authored the Whole Dog Journal’s Best
Homemade Diet Book of All Time award, “Real Food for Healthy Pets.” She
has appeared on the hit show, Animal Planet, and is deeply honored to be
named one of Chicago's Top Ten Vets, according to Chicago Magazine. Dr.
Becker is also the veterinary consultant for Mercola Healthy Pets, where
thousands of passionate animal lovers receive her free wellness
newsletter three times a week..
Alycia Anthuenisse 11:30am
Alycia Antheunisse has always had animals
in her life. She was born into a ranching family and lived on a 500 acre
sheep and cattle ranch until she was 22 years old. Working with her
grandfather every day taught her the respect of animals, common sense,
and a deeply rooted work ethic that keeps her grounded in what is now
one of the largest and most respected exotic bird businesses in the
world. In 1996, Alycia reconnected with her now husband Eric Antheunisse
and founder of Cedar Hill Birds. Together they have built a business
that circles the globe and encompasses all aspects of aviculture.
Today, Alycia is
instrumental in all aspects of handrearing: from nestbox to perch,
public and resale. Although she tends to be more involved with the
public, education, etc, Alycia does enjoy the breeding aspect of
aviculture as well. Together she and Eric work daily to provide their
flock with the proper diet, environment, and enrichment that leads to
consistent and strong production in what would be considered a
commercial setting. Streamlining their operation has proven beneficial
for all species, conures to macaws, lories to cockatoos.
Alycia has begun work
of being an intricate part of a 501 c3 organization called Exotic Animal
Foundation. It is her hope to continue the great work that this
foundation has done for five years and work towards educating the public
through outreach programs and school programs. The foundation currently
focuses on exotic birds, tortoises and turtles. Alycia’s daughter, Ashle,
has found her passion in tortoises and turtles so they make an awesome
team. Alycia’s goal is develop a program for school children that can
allow them to experience birds and learn what wonderful creatures they
are not only as our cherished pets, but also as birds in the wild. In
addition, Alycia does take in surrendered birds and turtles that are
either offered a permanent home with her or rehomed into suitable
adoption homes. Each animal is handled on a case by case basis and
placed in the situation that is believed best for the animal.
Caroline Efstathion 1:30pm
Caroline Efstathion graduated from Florida
Atlantic University in 2002 with a Bachelor’s in biology and did two
years of graduate study at Barry University in biomedical sciences. She
received a Master’s degree in Biological Sciences at Florida Atlantic
University in 2011 where her studies focused on avian bacteriology. She
is currently pursuing a doctorate in Entomology and Nematology at The
University of Florida. Her research focus is on improving conservation
of wild birds with the use of insecticides to reduce nest site
competition with Africanized honey bees and improve nestling bird health
by reducing the incidence of blood sucking arthropods. She was a
veterinarian technician for 15 years, five of which spent with a board
certified avian veterinarian, and she was a Florida state wildlife
rehabilitator for 10 years. She has been working with finches, softbills,
and parrots for over 25 years.
Patricia Sund 2:30pm
Patricia Sund was a columnist and feature
writer for BIRD TALK Magazine and has a popular Blog, Parrot Nation,
where she writes and produces video about life, birds, parrot care and
her adventures in the world of Aviculture. These adventures include
writing and making video about her experience working as a Keeper at the
Cincinnati Zoo, and volunteering at the Parrot Garden at Best Friends
Animal Sanctuary, home of the Vicktory Dogs.
She has written for The
BIRD CHANNEL, Birds USA, the AFA “WatchBird,” as well as for and
numerous websites. She has done presentations for numerous clubs
including The Raleigh Durham Caged Bird Society, Phoenix Landing, The
Long Island Parrot Society, Arizona Seed Cracker Society, The Midwest
Bird Expo, BIrd Lovers Club in Florida as well as presenting at the
American Federation of Aviculture Conference in 2013.
Patricia shot a video
of “Cookie the Penguin” that went viral and has so far generated almost
six million hits and an enormous headache for her. Patricia has
completed Dr. Susan Friedman’s online course: “LLP: Living & Learning
with Parrots,” and both Beginning and Advanced Levels of the “Natural
Encounters” Companion Parrot Training Seminars.
She has never bred
birds, but once helped deliver a baby onboard a flight. When asked why
she has parrots in her life, she always responds the same way: “I’ve
been a Flight Attendant for over 26 years; I guess I’m just used to
serving food, repeating myself, cleaning up crap and getting hollered
Lara Joseph 3:30pm
Lara Joseph is the owner of The Animal
Behavior Center, LLC in Ohio. She presents workshops, travels, lectures,
and consults focusing on positive reinforcement interactions and
modifying behavior through applications in behavior analysis. She is
also the Director of Avian Training for a wildlife rehabilitation center
where she focuses on taking stress out of animal environments. Lara is
an active member of The Animal Behavior Management Alliance, The
American Federation of Aviculture, a professional member of the
International Association of Avian Trainers and Educators, and the
founder of The Parrot Society of NW Ohio. For more information visit her
website at larajoseph.com.
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Some comments from past MIDWEST BIRD EXPO
"I would venture to guess you might still be
fast asleep following yesterday's spectacular expo! I just wanted to tell
you how much fun we had, both helping and enjoying so much of what the event
had to offer. I thought I might regret not participating in the programs,
and I did in some ways, but being our first time at such a huge local event,
we felt more connected by helping and "Shopping"!!! :o) Next year we will
plan to enjoy more that TASC has to offer since I know each part sounded so
beneficial, interesting and fun.
Meeting many of the members through participating made both of us feel like
we belonged. Each person was just as nice as the next. We were amazed at all
the work that was taking place all day long, not to mention the realization
of what must have had to go into the entire process. Many of the vendors
commented on how well publicized and organized things were and I'm sure they
were extremely pleased by the number of people attending and the resulting
sales they surely had.
Jason, you and your team did an awesome job. Jeff and I look forward to
being involved and having many more opportunities to share in the fun of
"birds" with people who appreciate them as much, if not more, than we do!"
Joyce and Jeff Ernst
"WOW-WHAT A GREAT EVENT! I WAS SO OVERWHELMED BY
ALL THE VENDORS I FORGOT TO ATTEND ANY OF THE WORKSHOPS." THANK YOU,"
"Great Job! I imagine none of you will be rested
for a week or so. The seminars were great. I was so pleased to meet Dr.
Pepperberg (hope I got that right). Would have loved the meet and great, but
we were pretty tired. Stayed the whole day, surprise to me! Boy, did I spend
money - Ha!" Vernadene
"I just want to say THANKS to all the TASC
members that helped put together a great bird fair. My wife and I had a
great time and it was my best fair yet! The space provided was awesome and
folks felt free to wander around and get up close and really take a good
look at what we had to offer. This show was a huge success by my standards!
I even came home with a new feathered friend
that I am just in love with! Keep up the great work! I can't wait
until next year! Now if I could only convince you to do this twice a year...
"It really was a great Expo.
Boy, did I buy toys, etc." Member,