Membership form can be downloaded to the right.
Please send membership form to:
Beak n Wings, Inc.
Or print it and fax it to (913) 322-2583
For more information, please call (913) 322-3398
NOTE: We do not give refunds on memberships at anytime.
What are birdie bucks and what can I do with them?
Members earn birdie bucks for each hour of volunteer work that they do for the club; this includes all of our rescue and adoption events but not regular monthly meetings. Bucks can be used for up to 1/2 of the adoption fee of any bird over $100. They can also be used to buy bird toys, cook books, educational materials, etc. If you'd like to know how many birdie bucks you earned please contact us.
What does membership in Beak n Wings mean to our members? Hear what they have to say in their own words.
I've been a widow for almost 7 years, and no matter what I tried, there was an empty space inside that nothing could fill. Since joining Beak N' Wings I've met wonderful people, interacted with lovely birds, and adopted two creatures who seemed to need me as much as I needed them. I now have a purpose.Dawn A.
Beak N Wings has done so much for me and my husband. My husband was reluctant to handle our Cockatiel and Love Bird and since we've become members, he's not only handling them but also our African Grey. We've learned so much about our birds' health, nutritional, housing and social needs. There is always someone in the club that can answer your questions or guide you to the correct expert for whatever the issue may be. We were chosen by the adoption committee to be the lucky adoptive parents of our lovely African Grey girl, who is the love of our lives. Without the club's support and guidance, our first days with our new girl would not have been as easy as they were.
Dan & Julie
In the fall of 2000, I read about a bird fair at Benjamin Ranch in KCMO. I called my sister who also had birds and we went. It was wonderful to see an entire event dedicated just to birds. I found a membership application and some older newsletters and thought it would nice to get the newsletters and see what else is going on.
I never thought about taking my birds out anywhere. I always thought it would be too much for them and they would be nervous in public. Since I joined Beak N Wings, I've accompanied senior and newer members to Petco, the City Market, the Flower Lawn & Garden Show, etc. It's been the most wonderful kindergarten for my birds. They love it, especially the City Market, which I'm convinced they think is a bird carnival. They get to check out the other birds and the people passing by. Of course, as senior members of the club will tell you, your bird's wings must be trimmed properly prior to taking them outside. Yes, it's great for your birds, but it's also wonderful for the people. You get to meet and great the public and best of all, you get to talk and talk and talk about your little feathered babies! It's one of the best bird learning experiences I've had and I'm so glad Beak N Wings does this type of educational program.
I never had birds, ever, until I met my wonderful husband, David. At that time (5 years ago) he had only a fledgling Jardine, named Simon. He's now our precocious 5 year old, bursting with personality, and a constant joy. I love Classical music and opera; within a month or so, this little guy was WHISTLING the first bars of 'Fur Elise'! And only when he saw me; or wanted my attention. He knew it was sure-fire!
One cold spring morning not so long ago, I talked my husband into going to a bird expo and sale with friends who had just acquired a small green parrot. My husband was less than enthusiastic because he did not like pet birds, especially large birds capable of big bites! That day, we both learned a lot about companion birds by visiting with vendors, breeders and talking with members of Beak 'n Wings (B'nW) at their information table. We walked away that day with a club brochure, other informative info, a strong desire to know more and a sincere invitation to visit a club meeting.
Beak n Wings is proud to honor those members who have shown exceptional service to the organization. These individuals have given of themselves and their time to help us grown into the largest, most dynamic companion bird organization in the KC area. Our special awards and monthly awards are listed here. A description of the awards is to the right.
Life time members:
Members are awarded a lifetime memberships several different ways.
Member of the year
Members awarded member of the year by their peers (began in 2001) at our yearly Christmas party. They were nominated by receiving one of the certificates we provide through out the year. Member of the year receives a free membership.
Medal Of Honor 2010 (President's Award)
July - Mirand Porterfield & Renita Tilton
Member of the month*
Member of the Month 2010
The member of the month is nominated by the other club members and will always be one month behind.
2007 - Shelly Denham - This is the first time this award has been awarded.
Certificate of Initiative
President Award For 2007
Bernie Bradley & Kathleen Siska
Corporate Support Award
2007 - ZuPreem
2007 - Dr. Mark Romain - Olathe Animal Hospital
Member of the Month
Member finding the most items or the "free membership", receives a free membership.
Certificates awarded in 2006:
Dean Tyson - Attendance - Perfect Attendance - Most hours of events
Certificates Awarded in 2008
Dean Tyson - Attendance - Perfect Attendance - Most hours of events 421 hours
Events - 2006
We had 383.5 recorded hours of attendance at our public events. Out of the 57 members who attended, we had 3 members who reached their 2/3 earned hours and were awarded a free membership.
We had 445 recorded hours of attendance at our public events (71 days). Out of 86 member volunteers who helped at the events, we had 4 members who reached their 2/3 earned hours and were awarded a free membership.
Dean Tyson - 482 hrs
Total man hours = 4,758.55 = Did you know there are only 8,760 hours a year?
Events - 2008
We had 440 recorded hours of attendance at our public events (61 days of events). Out of 71 member volunteers who helped at the events, we had 3 members who reached their 2/3 earned hours and were awarded a free membership.
List of members attending seven (7) regular meetings in a row 2007.
List of members attending eleven (11) meetings in a row 2007.
List of members attending eleven (11) meetings in a row 2008.
I personally want to thank each of these people who have taken in one or more birds and helped rehabilitate, feed, and give them TLC. I know this is not for everyone. They are truly making a difference in the lives of parrots every day .We all have busy schedules but these people have made the time for these companions they love so much.
People with this kind of passion and dedication are hard to come by. Our foster homes not only care for these birds daily, but they make the time to pick them up from their surrendering owners, take them to the vet when needed, open their homes to potential adopters who want to meet them and bring them out to adoption events.
It is not an easy job to take in these birds, work with them daily and then hand them over to someone else. To give so selflessly of their time and energy speaks volumes.
Interested in becoming a Beak n Wings foster home? Read about it here.
1) Attendance - Attend seven (7) meetings in a row
2) Great Idea award - If we use your idea, you will receive a certificate
3) Certificate of Achievement - This will vary from person to person
4) Perfect Attendance - Attend eleven (11) regular meetings
5) Member of the year - Voted on by the members. You can only qualify by receiving a certificate throughout the year.
6) Recommend twelve (12) people to join - You get a certificate and your next year membership free.
7) Attend 2/3 of total hours of events we have scheduled for the year (regular meetings NOT included) and receive a free membership (sample. scheduled number hours of events 500, you will need to attend 334 hours of events)
8)President Award - The President of the organization will pick one member to receive this award, based on all the hard work and dedication to Beak n Wings.
9) Vice President of Rescue / Adoption will award the following awards - Foster Home of the Year - Adoptee of the Year - R/A Volunteer of the Year
10) Veterinarian Service - Not limited to Avian Veterinarians
11) Corporate Support - Not limited to only Avian Diets