We are the Illini Bird Fanciers, Inc. Welcome to our club web site!
Our motto is "Fellowship and education through the world of aviculture. Fly with the knowledge."
We are a Springfield, Illinois based non-profit educational organization formed for fellowship and education of our members who raise, keep and/or foster caged birds. We educate the public about caged birds and issues concerning their well being.
We support avian conservation and research, and we contribute financial support to like-minded associations. We are affiliated with the American Federation of Aviculture, Inc., the American Cockatiel Society, the National Finch and Softbill Society, the Save the Gouldian Fund, and the World Parrot Trust.
We are a diverse group of people with a wide variety of birds who share a common interest in learning and caring about our avian friends. We have members who are breeders, as well as members with the single pet bird. The birds our members keep range in size from Macaws and Cockatoos to Finches and Parrotlets.
We hold regular monthly meetings in Springfield and convene in other central Illinois locations for field trips and other fun activities. Our membership is open to anyone with an interest in aviculture and the keeping and breeding of pet birds. Avian enthusiasts of all levels of experience are welcome, and we particularly encourage beginners and bird keepers with questions or avian related problems to attend our meetings and join us.
We also sponsor and conduct two major annual bird fairs in Springfield, the IBF Spring Bird Fair and the IBF Fall Bird Fair. We've expanded our bird fairs, which are now held in the Illinois building at the Illinois State Fairgrounds. Our bird fairs feature a wide variety of pet birds for sale by professional and hobbyist breeders as well as specialty vendors offering extensive selections of cages, bird foods and feeders, breeding nests and boxes, bird toys and related bird keeping accessories.
Former President of the Illini Bird Fanciers, Carie Nixon (at right) presents a $500 donation to the American Federation of Aviculture to Sheryl Robinson, AFA Illinois State Coordinator.
Illini Bird Fanciers 2015 charitable donations include contributions of $175 to Feathered Nest Bird Rescue, $175 to St. Louis Avian Rescue, and $175 to A Refuge for Saving the Wildlife to help support each of these avian rescues in caring for pet birds in need of homes and finding new homes for them.
Illini Bird Fanciers 2015 contributions also include $480 to the American Federation of Aviculture as scholarships for the AFA Fundamentals of Aviculture Level I and Level II courses, and $275 to Schubot Exotic Bird Health Center at Texas A&M University for Proventricular Dilatation Disease research.
Additional 2015 donations and contributions by Illini Bird Fanciers include $400 to the World Parrot Trust to help promote the survival of all parrot species in the wild and to advocate for the welfare of individual birds in our homes, $220 to the Save the Gouldian Fund to help fund research and conservation of endangered native Gouldian finches in Australia, and $100 to the Illinois Audubon Society to help support the Society's work in land protection, conservation education and stewardship of Illinois wildlife sanctuaries.
Illini Bird Fanciers owes a sincere debt of gratitude to our many bird fair vendors and dedicated club members whose support and hard work makes possible our charitable contributions supporting avian rescues, aviculture, avian research and conservation, and public education.