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Two yellow-sided turquoise conures contently perched and watching the crowd during Rolling Meadows Bird Fair & Show on Saturday, April 14. (Denise Fleischer/The Journal)

The following article was published in the Journal & Topics Newspapers, (in Illinois) where I work as the Lifestyle Editor. Though there’s constant deadlines, there’s a nearly daily opportunity to learn about people’s lives and contributions to society. There’s never a boring day.  I hope to share a number of articles that I’ve written and my thoughts on writing. It all depends on free time.


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A well-attended bird fair hosted by Midwest Shows takes flight every month at the Rolling Meadows Community Center. If you love birds, this is the place to be.

In the center’s gym, experienced breeders, vendors and artists greeted fair goers Saturday, April 14. Row upon row of bird-specific seeds and mixes, appropriate toys, cages, bedding, perches, food cups and bird-related jewelry were sold.

The fair provides the perfect opportunity to learn about birds’ needs and how to provide the best environment for each breed. Here you will find in traveling cages a variety of finches, parakeets, conures, love birds, cockatiels, bourkes, parrolets, doves, macaws, eclectus, English budgies and a toucan. A word to the wise: Respect the birds and don’t try to pet them. They might not show it but the crowd can be overwhelming. They could bite or fly away.

Fair-goers learned that birds are not simply pretty pets that you feed and change their gravel paper. Many bond with one person and require as much interaction as a young child. Some never wish to be held while others are highly social. Some have a shrilling squawk while others peep. Lifespans vary with each species as well as the care needed.
The Rolling Meadows Community Center is located at 3705 Pheasant Drive. There is a nominal admission fee for the monthly bird fair. The next one will be held Saturday, May 12.


A cage filled with young parakeets awaiting their new families. (Denise Fleischer/The Journal)


Walter from Alsip talks to bird fair shoppers and bird lovers about his cockatoo, Clancy. (Denise Fleischer/The Journal)


An Indian Ringneck loves being cuddled. Gwen, Nicole and Scarlet Nelson of WI learn from the breeder about the bird’s behavior. (Denise Fleischer/The Journal)


Ten-year old Umbrella Cockatoo, Tolek, shows off his white crest with a little coaxing from his family, John and Kasia. (Denise Fleischer/The Journal)


Two yellow-headed Amazon’s grooming on large perches not minding fair goers. (Denise Fleischer/The Journal)


Eighteen-year-old Princess is a Moluccan Cockatoo, a rescue from Michigan.


A baby cockatiel rests on Ahtziri Santiago of Glendale Heights.


Aketo and Ishtar are Eclectus parrots.


Row upon row of bird-specific seeds and mixes, appropriate toys, cages, bedding, perches, food cups and bird-related jewelry were sold. (Denise Fleischer/The Journal)


I adopted this beautiful green cheek conure and named him/her Cody. My 15-year-old sun conure, passed away a month ago. Marley was the sweetest bird I ever had. I couldn’t be without another conure.


My article as it appeared in the Journal.