Question of the Month: June
did your interest in birds & aviculture begin?
Brazil: "Tico" the Easter Chick that grew up
to rule the Schischakin household... and one of the
reasons for Natasha's interest in aviculture...
While organizing photos for this web, I
found many old photographs of my family in Brazil.
"Tico", our family pet rooster featured in many of
them - always as the center of attention. Although we
had other birds while growing up (canaries, songbirds and parakeets),
"Tico" was the first bird that I actually raised
from a chick. In retrospect, that experience is what I believe
my lifelong interest in birds and aviculture.
Unfortunately, young people today are too far
removed from animals and wildlife. I believe that there is a
great need to educate and expose young people to animals and
to allow them to have hands-on experiences and opportunities.
Certainly a love for animals fosters a love for nature.
After going through those old pictures, I
realize that I am not the only one whose involvement and
passion for birds started at an early age, and with a common
domestic animal that became a beloved family pet. But,
I am also aware that many people became involved with birds
later on in life as adults. That sparked my curiosity.
Did you have such a childhood experience? What
difference did it make in your life? Did you become interested
in birds as an adult? What experience made you become
interested? I am writing an article
on how people develop their interests in aviculture.
If you have such a story you would like to share, let me
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