The current membership of the Tri-State Budgerigar Society cordially invites you
to attend one of our meetings. We'd be delighted to meet you and hope that you'll
find yourself among kindred spirits and join the club.
The club attracts budgie enthusiasts from the New York/New Jersey area, as well as
from Pennsylvania and beyond. It includes members from all levels of the hobby,
from novices to intermediate and champion breeders, whose knowledge, experience,
and leadership are invaluable to the beginning hobbyist.
Meetings generally take place on the third Saturday or Sunday of the month at 2:00 p.m. and
are currently held at the home of one of the members. In addition, we have an
annual Sunday picnic at a central New Jersey park. It is generally well attended
by members, family, and friends. The club provides beverages, hamburgers, hot dogs,
paper goods, and condiments. Everyone brings side dishes. In lieu of a December
meeting, we gather for brunch or dinner at an area restaurant for the holidays.
Club members, family, and friends are all invited. Other club activities are a
member rare show In March and a member baby show and futurity in October.
Our annual sanctioned show takes place in July or August and it became a two day
event since 2012. The show has five Budgerigar Association of America (BAA) sponsored
divisions for exhibitor bred birds. There are also two pet divisions sponsored by
our club for birds that have not been bred by the exhibitor. Everyone is welcome to
participate, including youngsters. Awards include various ribbons, medals, framed
certificates and Challenge Certificates. Birds are also generally available for sale
and vendors may also be present.
At our regular meetings, one of our members may give a presentation using live
birds, charts, photographs, or other visual aids. The subject matter may be their
area of interest, something that they have years of experience in, or a topic they
have researched. Presentations have included the development of eggs; varieties such
as dominant pieds, violets and spangles; aviary construction; and show preparation.
Other topics that have been covered are photography of birds; nutrition; feeding
wild plants and herbs; poisonous and hazardous substances; finding the right pet
sitter; and record keeping. There have been guest speakers such as a judge and an
avian veterinarian who discussed the causes, symptoms, and cures for various health
problems of budgies. We also plan occasional field trips. Club members recently
enjoyed a visit to the Raptor Trust in Millington, NJ and have been to the Arcadia
Bird Sanctuary in Freehold, NJ.
Most of our meetings include time for "budgie banter," an open discussion where
members can ask questions, admit problems, complain, boast, inform, suggest solutions,
or offer friendly advice.
A monthly newsletter is provided as a means of verifying decisions made and items
completed, as a reminder of upcoming events, and as a vehicle to provide members
unable to attend particular meetings with a quick overview of club happenings.
The newsletter is normally e-mailed to members, but members can also purchase a
subscription that will be sent by regular mail.
If you are interested in joining Tri-State, fill out a Membership
Application and mail your payment with it to:
Tri-State Budgerigar Society
C/O Marcia Halbert
112 Richmond Ave.
Spotswood, NJ 08884
or simply attend a monthly meeting, have a cup of coffee, and meet our happy
family of Tri-State members.
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If you are not close enough to attend our meetings and you don't have a club near
where you reside, consider forming a club of your own. It is easy to find others
in your area by networking at shows; through the use of newspaper or online
classifieds; Facebook and other social media; and even online local message boards
or bulletin board postings at places you visit or shop at.