The avian community lost one of its brightest stars with the passing of Liz Wilson on April 13, 2012. Wilson lived and worked with parrots for more than 45 years, and dedicated her life to parrot education and welfare. She was a veterinary technician specializing in avian and exotic animal nursing for 20 years, as well as a parrot behavior consultant with the International Association of Animal Behavior for 20 years. She had written for numerous publications, including BIRD TALK Magazine and BirdChannel.com, where she was a columnist and writer for more than 12 years.
Wilson gained recognition internationally as a parrot behavior consultant with her seminars, freelance writing and consultations with parrot owners. She lectured extensively at avian veterinary conferences, avicultural conferences, companion parrot conferences, and bird clubs both in the United States and in Europe.
Wilson had eight veterinary textbook chapters to her credit, writing for such excellent publications as Orosz? “Manual of Avian Medicine,?Harrison? “Avian Veterinary Compendium?and Luescher? “Manual of Parrot Behavior.?lt;br />
Wilson has served on the steering committees and/or board of directors of several parrot education and rehoming organizations over the years and she servered as the education vice president of the Phoenix Landing Foundation.
Wilson founded the Parrot Division of the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants.
In addition to her parrot behavior work, Wilson was an adjunct faculty member in the veterinary technician department at Harcum College in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania for many years. She also worked for several years with wildlife rehabilitation at the Aark Rehabilitation and Education Center in Newtown, Pennsylvania, and served on its board. She had a degree in elementary education and psychology from DePauw University and an associate science degree from Harcum College.
All of us from BirdChannel.com extend our sympathies to Wilson? family and friends. We?l miss you, Liz. Thank you for all the memories.