From The Perch – Aviculture Today is a podcast that is intended for education and entertainment. Neither one of the hosts claims to be an expert, but have experience in the avian field and enjoys sharing their opinions on various topics. The hosts and guests may not sometimes agree on topics, but isn’t that life? An ever-growing changing metamorphosis of learning? Sit back, relax and please have a good time with From The Perch! We sure do!
About the Hosts of From The Perch – Aviculture Today
Jason Crean, MA, MS is a degreed biologist, currently pursuing his doctorate, and an avid aviculturist, specializing in the propagation of green aracaris and white-backed mousebirds, President of The Avicultural Society of Chicagoland, Vice-President elect and Education Committee Chair for the American Federation of Aviculture, and moderates the Holistic Bird Care and Avian Raw, Whole Food Nutrition groups on Facebook. Crean is a well-known speaker for avicultural groups and zoo staff across the country and acts as consultant to zoos and other institutions, including the Chicago Nature Museum and Wildlife Genetics lab at Loyola Medical Center in Chicago, Illinois. He also runs a live animal education program that does free interactive programs for a host of different audiences as he believes education is the most important factor in keeping aviculture thriving.
Crean is also a biology instructor at the high school and university level. He is also a curriculum designer and instructor in the Education Department at the Chicago Zoological Society where he teaches others about many different species, especially birds, and continues to share this work within AFA’s educational programs. Crean has been awarded the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science Teaching by President Obama in 2009, the 2010 High School Science Teacher of the Year by the American Association for the Advancement of Science, as well as awards from the National Science Teachers Association, the National Association of Biology Teachers, the Illinois Science Teachers Association, and the Golden Apple Foundation. He serves as President-elect for the Illinois Science Teachers Association, Vice-President for the Illinois Association of Biology Teachers, and sits on the Board of Directors for the Association of Presidential Awardees in Science Teaching and the National Science Advisory Panel on the national College Board.
B.D. Butler BS is an avid aviculture enthusiast, who has owned birds since he was in his preteens. B.D. has completed the the AFA Fundamentals of Aviculture courses and continues his education in the world of aviculture, with diet, training, enrichment and other seminars.
B.D. recently served as marketing director for the Flight Club Foundation and was the co-chair of Seattle Parrot Expo 2013. B.D. has also been the owner and head writer for ParrotEarth.com, a document and testimony of his loyal commitment to owning parrots and dedication to improving their quality of life. While writing for Parrot Earth, B.D. has been featured in several publications throughout the world. B.D. continues to be a parrot advocate, works with rescues and helps to rehome birds in the Pacific Northwest. He has also been the host of charity “Chop” workshops in the area, raising money for Flight Club Foundation. B.D. has also raised over $40,000 in the past years for several charities in the greater Seattle area and continues these efforts.
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