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.
By DENISE FLEISCHER
GWN Blogger & Author of Deadly Reservations
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.