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Meet Our Staff


Pete and Paula


Paula and Pete received a cockatiel as a wedding present 50 years ago. Their love for birds eventually grew into a hobby, breeding birds in their home, and then into a business. They opened into a retail store 30 years ago. "We are blessed that the shop is now in the capable hands of our daughter, Bernadette". They are currently enjoying semi-retirement as Bernadette learns all the facets of the business.



Assistant Manager

Madison has been a vital part of our staff since 2019 as well as caring for all of our store birds and babies. While she doesn't have a pet bird yet, no matter how many Bernie tries to convince her of, she does love to kidnap some of the store birds for a 'girl's night' and enjoys watching and photographing wild birds.



Head of Morning Nursery Care

Gloria’s first day with us was in April of 2016, and she heads feeding and caring for the baby birds in the Baby Room in the mornings.  So in the evening and afternoons at home, she looks after her Cockatiel, 3 Bourke Parakeets, and a Canary.



Baby Care and Sales Staff

Liz is essential in making sure babies are hand fed, customers are up to date on their birds, and early morning feedings.  Along with her two dogs, she and her husband have a Red Rump Parakeet, two Saffron Finches, 3 Owl Finches, 2 Gouldian Finches, 2 Society Finches, and a Koi Fish. 



Sales Staff

While Mary started with us first as a volunteer in 2020, she has been part of our sales staff since 2021. Mary’s favorite thing to do is help new customers handle birds and discover a love for birds.  Mary has a menagerie of animals including many budgies, an Alexandrian, 3 doves, 2 cockatiels, a House Sparrow, some chickens and a dog.



Care Staff

Paul joined our care staff summer of 2022 after several years as a loyal customer. Paul takes complete care of our breeding program, feeding and cleaning almost 100 pairs of birds full time! At home Paul looks after his Congo African Grey, Martha, and Quaker Parrot, Henry.



Care and Sales Staff

Madeline began as a volunteer and in 2023 officially became apart of our team. She one of the main boarding room cleaners and in her free time enjoys volunteering in our aviary when the days are nice. At home she has a Linnie, Lovebird Cockatiel, a budgie, 5 dogs and 2 goldfish.



Seasonal Volunteer 

Although she's not old enough for a bird of her own yet, she's been preparing for one for years and hopes to get a Bourke soon. 




Since the store opened the year Bernie was born, she’s been around the birds from the beginning. Bernie has managed the store since 2010 after her graduation from The Ohio State University. Her focus has been on educating customers specifically on nutrition, enrichment, and toy making. At home she has an Umbrella Cockatoo, 2 Blue Head Pionus, a Rock Pebbler and 2 Cockatiels.



Head of Store Pet Care

Bev is responsible for our store birds' care and has worked here for ten years . Bev shares her home with an Umbrella Cockatoo, Goffin Cockatoo, Indian Ringneck and Lovebird



Sales Staff

Nathan was hired in December of 2018 and plays a huge part in helping customers on the weekends.  He takes a high tech approach when it comes to charting the health of his own birds which include a Sun Conure, Blue and Gold Macaw, and a Curl-Crested Araçari.



Sales Staff

Ivy has been with us since Fall 2021 after being a long time customer. She helps take care of our breeders and store pets and is happy to help our customers on our open days. At home she shares her life with four cockatiels, several budgies, four zebra finches and a breeding pair of canaries. On the sidelines she is a huge love for aquatic and reptile care.



Sales Staff

Lucy joined the SBF staff after moving here from Texas. She is now helping in all aspects of the store in pet and breeder care, as well as a sales associate on the floor. Her first bird was one of our babies, a Blue Headed Pionus. She also owns: Sugar Gliders, Isopods, geckos and a dog named Apollo.



Head Volunteer Coordinator

Lisa has been on our staff since 2022 and has been an avid bird lover for many years now and we are happy to have her on the team to help guide and encourage our volunteers and staff. At home she has: a Bare-eyed cockatoo, Vasa parrot, Linnie, Quaker, Red-rumped parakeet, Lovebird and a Green Cheek Conure.



Care Staff

Eric recently joined our staff the summer of 2022. He is in full charge of our front of store birds feeding and daily care. At home Eric has a 2 year old blue Quaker Parrot named Blue. He has an affinity for all animals, but birds especially.

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