Our membership is made up of people who own from one to one hundred birds or more; keep birds as pets or breed birds as a business; or own any kind of exotic bird (parrots, parakeets, canaries, finches, pigeons, softbills, gamebirds ... ).
Anyone who has a love of exotic birds and wants to learn more is welcome.
With some exceptions, NCA meets on the first Saturday of each month. The doors generally open at 5:00 PM and the meeting starts promptly at 5:30 PM (meeting dates and times are subject to change; please contact the club first to verify). Board meetings are held on the same date as the general meeting one hour prior to the meeting.
Guests are always welcome, and there is no fee charged to attend. Please Note Our Meeting Start Time of 5:30 PM
What and when are some Upcoming Meetings and Events? Vista Masonic Center, 761 Eucalyptus Ave Vista, CA 92084 Program information will be given if or when it becomes available. Changes will be announced as early as possible. NCA is a '501(c)7 - Social and Recreation Clubs' organization
Saturday, March 7 ---Establishing the Cinnamon Scarlet-chested Parrot in Australia with Murray MacPhersonand the Finch Society of Australia. In this short video, Mr. MacPherson details his careful efforts to establish the Cinnamon Mutation of the Scarlet Chested Parrot. Join us on March 7th to catch a glimpse of bird clubs in Australia. Of course, we will have a delicious meal following the video. Our opportunity drawing table will be loaded with aviary-safe plants, a variety of seeds, toys, nest boxes, and birds as available.
April 4 --- We are so fortunate and grateful to have Andrea Cabibi speak to us about Bird Medications and Parasite Identification. Andrea is the Director of Reproductive Biology at Taxonyx Reproductive Science Inc. and has worked with captive wildlife within international zoo communities for over 35 years in the USA, Europe and Canada. She has developed wildlife refuges high in the Canadian Rocky Mountains, rehabilitated thousands of injured animals and birds in the Florida Everglades and developed captive breeding and release programs for endangered species. She has received specialized training in avian artificial insemination from the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute and developed the successful artificial insemination program for cranes at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park, where she worked as Animal Care Manager of the bird department. Andrea has experience with over 400 different species ranging from aardwolves to condors to elephants. She has also been instrumental in developing an ‘adverse conditioning’ program for urban black bear populations, to encourage co-habitation with wildlife, and she has written protocols for the rehabilitation of orphaned bear cubs. Andrea has held many positions in zoos over the years from keeper, lead keeper, veterinary technician, assistant manager, wildlife manager and animal care manager. She has been actively involved in the Light-Footed Clapper Rail recovery program in California and acts as a consultant for the Northern Spotted Owl recovery program in Canada.
Taxonyx Reproductive Science Inc is dedicated to bring science, vitality and higher education to other bird, reptile and animal breeders. Andrea has developed the Artificial Insemination Kit for Bird Breeders and created the Sick Bird Treatment Kit and the Bird Parasite Identification and Treatment Kit. Her latest project is to develop protocols for the freezing (cryopreservation) of bird sperm and she intends to provide an Avian Sperm Bank service for bird breeders across the world.
Andrea is also an award winning wildlife artist. Some of her paintings can be viewed at www.andreacabibi.com
May 2 --- Movie Night! We will be streaming a wonderful documentary on Flamingos, The Crimson Wing.
June 6 --- Auction! Stay tuned for a list of items on the block! Note that we have moved this event from July so that everyone can celebrate Independence Day.
July 4 --- NO MEETING! --- Enjoy the fireworks.
August 1st --- Mary C. Arunski returns to show us more bird behaviors we can teach our own companion parrots. Two untrained parrots, an Indian Ringneck and a Congo African Gray, will be her students for the night.
September 5th --- Round Table Discussion Group. Bring your questions, solutions, and join in the fun. Toy making will be in progress at the same time. We ask that you make 3 toys, leave 2 with the club and take one home to your own birds.
We are always looking for informative speakers and important topics for our meetings. If you would like to present a program, or know someone who would, please contact the club for more information! email@example.com
Where are these meetings held?
Notice : NCA meets at the Vista Masonic Lodge, 761 Eucalyptus Avenue, Vista, CA 92084.
From the North County Coastal area, take CA-78 east to the Civic Center Drive exit and turn left onto Civic Center Drive. After about 1.1 miles turn right on Eucalyptus Avenue. Travel about 1/4 mile on Eucalyptus Avenue and watch for the Masonic Lodge on the right.
From the East and South, take I-15 north to CA-78 and go west. Exit at Civic Center Drive in Vista, and turn right onto Civic Center Drive. After about 1.1 miles turn right on Eucalyptus Avenue. Travel about 1/4 mile on Eucalyptus Avenue and watch for the Masonic Lodge on the right.
From the North Inland Corridor, take I-15 south to Gopher Canyon Road and turn right. Follow Gopher Canyon Road 4.7 miles to East Vista Way. Turn left on East Vista Way and drive 3.2 miles to Civic Center Drive, and turn left. Travel about 1/4 mile on Civic Center Drive to Eucalyptus Avenue and turn left. Travel about 1/4 mile on Eucalyptus Avenue and watch for the Masonic Lodge on the right.
What goes on at the meetings?
* Interesting Speakers * Since we are the only exotic bird club in north county, our speakers and presentations cover a wide range of topics.
* Question Box * Ask questions on avian topics that will be answered by the audience.
* Meeting other "Bird Brains" * Socialize before and after the meeting. Who knows who you'll meet and what you'll learn!
* Ways & Means Committee 'Opportunity Drawing' * Lots of birds, cages, supplies and other goodies will go home with lucky winners! If you bring an item for the table worth $5, new, you will be given a ticket for the drawing. Some prizes will be designated for members only.
Do you have a bird-related business? Want to provide items for our Opportunity Drawing every month? In return , you will get advertising space on this web page and in our monthly newsletter. Email info@NCAbirdclub.com for more information.
* Buying and Selling * NCA Members can sell birds and related items; anyone may buy.
* Refreshments * Our Refreshment Committee, with the help of our members, puts out a yummy spread each month. There is always a great potluck of refreshments available after the meeting and before the opportunity drawing.
A donation is requested to help cover the cost of the food.
* Just Fun Stuff * Our annual Potluck Picnic, now in July, is held in conjunction with a swap meet/yard sale. Our December Holiday Potluck Party is a gala event!
Is there more? We had a great time in Ramona at the San Diego Bird Mart in 2017. Sadly, the November 2018 mart had to be canceled due to the spread of Exotic Newcastle Disease. There has been no halt in the spread of the disease, so the club has voted to skip the bird mart for 2019 as well. Look for more information about 2020.