FALL 2014  
Pandemonium News 

Baby born 2013
Pandemonium's 2014 Babies:
  • Blue Crowned pigeons
  • Green-naped pheasant pigeons
  • Plumhead parakeets
  • Rock Pebbler parrots
  • Nicobar pigeons
  • Cape doves
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New to Pandemonium's Flock:

Among the challenges of preserving species is to find diverse bloodlines in order to breed healthy, strong and genetically sound offspring.  Green-naped pheasant pigeons are not only rare in captivity, but the few individuals in the U.S. tend to come from a small bloodline pool. 


Pandemonium Aviaries was fortunate enough to acquire 7 Green-naped pheasant pigeons who were captive bred in Singapore.  Unfortunately, one male died while in quarantine, but the remaining birds seem healthy.  We believe that these birds are the first imported stock in more than two decades and are a welcome addition to our breeding stock. 


RELEASING 10/7/2014

The Birds of Pandemonium

Michele Raffin's behind the scenes look at Pandemonium Aviaries 

Pandemonium Aviaries is dedicated to preventing the extinction of targeted avian species through conservation and education. Our 501(c)3 non-profit is saving important species like the Victoria Crowned pigeon, the modern day Dodo.
National Geographic Photographer Visits Pandemonium 

Pandemonium Aviaries often receives requests for help. Much to our delight, one request came from noted National Geographic photographer, Joel Sartore. Joel explained that he intended to photograph every species currently in captivity for a project named the Photo Ark. Pandemonium had four species he wanted to capture on film. Could he? Michele Raffin and Joel discussed the species of interest, and after determining his methods would not harm the birds, she agreed.

Using elements of studio photography, Joel reveals the vivid spectrum and feathered detail of these birds. However, more importantly, he offers a glimpse of their character and their connection to us: a couple of Moustache parakeets lovingly touch beaks; a Plumhead squawks at another; a Blue-necked tanager strikes a dignified pose. 

It wasn't long before Michele recognized a kindred spirit and fellow crusader. Upon learning Joel's quest to save the Florida grasshopper sparrow from extincion, Michele knew exactly how to help. She reached within her network and introduced him to conservationists in Florida who knew how to breed the sparrow in captivity and justify support for its preservation. In turn the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service recently pledged to spend $1.29 million on efforts to increase the bird's population. 

Cultural anthropologist Margaret Mead stated, "Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed it is the only thing that ever has." Through the power of the lens and a commitment to science, Joel Sartore and Michele are saving the world - one species at a time. 

To view Joel's photographs of Pandemonium's birds, go to http://bit.ly/1Db7cge.
Message from Michele

Dear Friends,


This past year has brought wonderful advances for our organization. It has, however, also brought new challenges. We were unable to host our annual fundraiser for a variety of reasons. Until we find a new venue, it looks as if our total budget for the coming year will be dependent on generous donors like you. 

Every day, 365 days a year, we care for hundreds of birds that may one day be the key to replenishing their kind in the wild. This involves not only food acquisition, prep and feeding, but close observation, medical care and sleepiness nights if one of then is ill. We can't do this work without you. It s a team effort. 

As you plan your end of the year donations, please contribute to Pandemonium.  We can not save species without you.

With gratitude,

CEO, Pandemonium Aviaries
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