Monday, May 30, 2011

International Parrotlet Society

I am new to parrotlets, I currently have a breeding pair with a hen sitting on her first clutch of 7 eggs. Looking over this website and considering membership. I noticed there are no events scheduled for this year. Is this organization still active?



Dear Diana:

Thank you for your email. Congratulations on your first pair going to nest.

The International Parrotlet Society is the oldest organization in the world dedicated to the care, breeding, conservation, preservation and exhibition of parrotlets. IPS is an IRS recognized non-profit educational organization that will be celebrating our 20th anniversary next year. We are very much an active organization. We are currently revamping our website with a new webmaster so it is a work in progress. After all, we are a non-profit with NO paid staff and everyone volunteers their time and skills. This allows us to use all of our funds in our educational endeavors. These include the publication and distribution of our award-winning journal that has articles from vets, breeders, pet owners, biologists, researchers, geneticists, bird show judges, zoo personnel and other experts who volunteer their time and knowledge. We also have a Facebook page and a blog and often submit articles to magazines such as Bird Talk and Watchbird. We do have meetings at bird events such as conventions and bird shows; this year will be in California at the American Federation of Aviculture convention in August and in Kansas City, MO in November at the National Cage Bird Show.

So as you can see, yes, we are a very active organization that is constantly updating ourselves and trying to provide the public with basic information on parrotlets and their care plus our dedication to our members to provide the most up-to-date expert information available. We also have a host of other membership benefits such as the purchase by our members of traceable leg bands, participation in our Parrotlet Placement Program, accepted exhibition Standards, a copy of our Breeders’ Directory at no cost and we are always available to answer questions and provide resource information. We also have fundraising projects for conservation of parrotlets in the wild and veterinary research which benefits all birds not just parrotlets, preservation of rare species in captivity and providing appropriate nomenclature for the latest color mutations. We also sell t-shirts, pins and name badges to help support the organization and our projects.

If you go to our page, you can request an IPS information kit. We will send you a copy of our journal plus a brochure that has information on IPS and an application.

I hope this answers your questions but if you have anymore, please feel free to contact us!

Sincerely yours,

Sandee L. Molenda, C.A.S.
Secretary, International Parrotlet Society

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