Monday, March 24, 2014

2014 AU CONVENTION - OMAHA, NEBRASKA



Preparations for an AU convention begin long before the event takes place.  Not only do committees plan in advance for activities and accommodations, but they also begin receiving shippable birds (approximately 28-30 days of age) in order that the young birds can establish their new loft as their home.

For the protection of all birds involved in the race, the newly received birds are vaccinated before settling into their new home.  

Here we see Sioux City’s Lynnette Howell and Dan Howell picking up convention birds from Carter Mayotte and Dennie Schnitker of Omaha.



In the second photograph, Dennie Schnitker is vaccinating a convention bird.


Tuesday, March 18, 2014

The American Pigeon Museum - AU's Next Door Neighbor

Curator's Note - March 2014





As many of you know, we launched the museum for the National Pigeon Association convention weekend in January and it was a great success. The museum had over 300 visitors in 3 days. They came from all over the United States and we had some international visitors as well.  There are some great images on the website. For now, the museum is open on Fridays and Saturdays from 10 AM to 4 PM and by appointment.

Since January, we have been blessed with numerous new donations. One in particular is a large pigeon basket from Her Majesty’s Royal loft in England.  


This is such an exciting time. We may have just begun but the museum continues to add to the collections and to develop new programs and exhibits. One way you can help is to become a member.   By becoming members, it helps us to grow and especially, care for the collections we have. Membership information will be added to the website so all the pigeon fanciers can take the opportunity to become members even if they can’t visit anytime soon. For now if you would like to become a member of the museum, just mail me the $25 membership fee (checks made out to The American Pigeon Museum) and your contact information. Send to The American Pigeon Museum & Library; 2300 NE 63rd Street; Oklahoma City, OK 73111. You will be given a membership card; 10% off in the gift shop; quarterly newsletter, and advanced notification for special events. Gift shop will be accessible online soon.

Upcoming events:

June 13 and June 14: Kick off Summer Event to welcome pigeon fanciers who haven’t had chance to visit yet and to invite the local community to see what we are doing here.  Museum will be open from 10 AM to 4 PM both days. There will be some local food trucks here selling refreshments. We will also be having a special exhibit in honor of the 100th anniversary of WWI. Jerome Pratt had given us two 16mm reels of WWI footage that I am having digitized at this time to be part of this exhibit. More information on the June celebration will follow.

Let me know if you have any questions or comments. And as always, thank you for your support!



Lorrie Monteiro, Curator
The American Pigeon Museum
2300 NE 63rd Street
Oklahoma City, OK 73117
(405) 478-5155


Tuesday, March 11, 2014

BEGINNER SUCCESS



Mike O’Sullivan races with the Frankenmuth Racing Pigeon Club in Michigan.  His end-of-year report on his 2013 racing season was successful.  Out of the birds he banded and raised himself, he donated several to various functions such as a club auction and a local 4-H member.  He had a fantastic season with the remainder.

He took six diplomas:  1 each for a 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th place in the young bird races.  He also took highest average speed for 2013, B Young Birds series of races from 0 to 200 miles and highest average speed for B Young Birds series of races from 0 to 550 miles.  He considered that quite an accomplishment for just starting out.  



As a young teenager he raised a few pigeons just for fun.  His many years of raising a wide variety of livestock on a small farm helped him with selection, breeding and maintaining a healthy flock of racing pigeons. 

He admits to an unusual technique in selecting and breeding his birds.  In 2012, he was given several gift birds from other fliers in the club and bought a number at the club auctions.  He was not only looking for strong, healthy birds but took an eye to the "Pretty Birds" and concentrated his breeding toward choosing pairs that might produce unusual color patterns.  Apparently it paid off in his 2013 birds, and his 2014 early hatches are looking really good.

Mike received a lot of support and encouragement from other fliers in the club.  His "Pretty Bird Loft" would often bring out some chuckles and head shaking, but all in all, he can see a place for the splashes, grizzles, reds and silvers in among the blue bars and checks.

A contributing factor to Mike’s success was the AU’s Help-A-Beginner program that pairs new members with a mentor.  The Help-A-Beginner Program is a great stepping stone to success for our new members.  It is an excellent way to advance quicker than just doing it on your own,” says Steve Jenkins, HAB Program Coordinator for the Eastern Half of the U.S. 

Congratulations to Mike!

And to those who are beginning the hobby and could use a little guidance, check out the HAB program.  It could make the difference for your racing success.