ולדוברי האנגלית שבינינו,
ניתן להצטרף לחוויה הלימודית בפורומים הבאים ביאהו:
In the last several months I have been posting about the
Nineteenth International Caged Bird Exhibition. Personally, and some
others, have been working very hard to achieve a great event.
Unfortunately, yesterday afternoon our President told me that the three
international judges (two are from Europe) have backed out of their
commitment. It is a very sad situation. The two European judges were
booked seven to eight months ago. During their conversation with Mr.
Garguillo, our President, they stated that they are afraid to fly due to
the increased terrorism threat.
The gentleman judge from the U.S.A. notified me this morning that he has
to attend his nieces wedding on that date. He stated, "My family
comes first." So today, an emergency executive board of directors
meeting via conference phone call, the majority has decided to cancel
the COM-USA Nineteenth Exhibition Show, which was supposed to take place
on November 10th, 11th, and 12th 2006. We had several reservations for
the banquet during the presentations of the awards. We have to cancel
the reservation for the banquet hall and for the exhibition hall. We
hope we do not lose our deposits?
I, for one, if my health will permit will be working very hard to
revitalize COM-USA. Years ago COM-USA had nearly 3,000 members all over
the world, including Canada, Mexico, Australia, England, South Africa
and many other countries all over the world. Unfortunately, the caged
bird fancier population has declined drastically all over the world.
Many of the "old timer", good fanciers have passed away, many
that I personally knew had to quit birds because of their old age and
fragile health. The young generation, unfortunately, rather fool around
with computers and the Internet than be in the beautiful hobby of
breeding and keeping caged birds.
I have always done my share in encouraging the younger generation to be
part of this wonderful hobby. I went out of my way to help the
beginners. It is up to all of us to keep this hobby pleasurable and
Although COM-USA will not have an exhibition this year, many other
exhibitions will take place in many parts of North America. I urge
everyone to support, exhibit, and participate in many events as
possible. I repeat once again, the survival of this hobby of breeding
and keeping caged birds depends on the support that every one of us
gives to the bird clubs and caged birds exhibitions.
In the last few days I have been working in my bird room with the help
of my confidant. I am trying to separate all of the show birds and
begin the training process. It is a lot of work, but I personally enjoy
every bit of it. Exhibiting birds is the reward to be achieved for the
effort in breeding and training caged birds for the exhibitions. I
repeat again, let every one of us put some effort to vitalize the
pleasurable caged bird exhibitions the way they used to be years ago.
Among other birds, I have about half a dozen colorful Gouldians, well
trained and ready for the show cage. I am looking forward to receiving
some rewards for my effort in breeding and training them.
I have several European Goldfinch youngsters that were hatched in June;
unfortunately they are very slow in coming in full color. The molt of
the European Goldfinch and other Carduelan Finches has prolonged none of
my Carduelans, young and old, are in any way close to being ready for
the show cage.
I have several colorbred Canaries in the process of being trained for
the exhibitions. They look very promising. I hope that I will be able
to attend and exhibit in many exhibitions, including the National Show,
providing that my state of health will permit. Time will tell! One day
at a time!
Thank God that my right hand helper, Rosa, came back from vacation
yesterday. The birds missed her very much. In fact, when she arrived
in the bird room yesterday morning, all the birds sort of greeted her
with their cheerful songs. Yesterday and today the two of us worked
many hours to correct other employee's errors. Thank God everything
returned to normal as of today. Today all the birds in my bird room
received a cold-water bath. We add two tablespoons of apple cider
vinegar to each gallon of water and every bird loves it. This afternoon
a couple hours before dusk we will spray the room and the birds with a
Pyrethrum/Petroleum based spray. While handling some birds I noticed
some presence of the little critters. Avian parasites this time of year
are plentiful in every crevice and corner of the bird room, they emerge
at night making the birds life miserable and damaging their beautiful
feathers. We will continue to spray at least once a week to eradicate
them all together and minimize the potential of damaging the birds
This is all the rambling I have time to do for now. I urge everyone to
do their share in keeping these educational groups active and
If you are not a member of the following groups, please join and be part
of the learning experience.
Best regards to all,
G.A. Abbate in cool, pleasant New Jersey—The Garden State