2020-01-20: January Avian Science Newsletter

         University of California - Cooperative Extension                  

                       January 2020 (On-line, full version)                                 


2020 State Avian Bowl Qualifier           

                                                              Saturday, April 25, 2020 11 AM

Picadilly Inn Airport Hotel, Fresno        

           Due to the continuing outbreak of virulent Newcastle Disease (vND) in southern California, poultry clubs in areas where there are commercial poultry operations, have wisely cancelled their shows.  This includes the Greater California Society of Poultry Fanciers’(GCSPF) Show in Fresno, the long-time partner of the Avian Bowl State Qualifier.

            Given that the February GCSPF Show is cancelled, the Qualifier has been moved for this year to a more convenient date for the officials.  As in 2019, the Qualifier will be held at the very comfortable Picadilly Inn Airport Hotel in Fresno.   However, the date has been moved to the last Saturday in April, the 25th.  We will be in the Merlot Banquet Room.

            Attention Club Leaders and parents: because we have yet to eradicate vND, the outlook is not good for many of our spring and early summer fairs, in terms of having live poultry shows.  Therefore, in addition to always being an excellent and fun way for your members to gain more knowledge about poultry, Avian Bowl may be the only competitive activity open to them for a good part of 2020.   I urge you to assemble your teams and start studying.

            2020 Avian Bowl Study Sections were posted on this website in November 2019.  Please refer to that area for detailed information (including how to order the entire Manual).


The avian bowl manual is available from:

Clemson University, Bulletin Room – Room 82
96 Poole Agricultural Center
Clemson, SC  29634-0129

Cost per packet is $15.00 (includes first class shipping)
(864) 656-3261 (phone); (864) 656-0742 (fax); Attn: Mick Smith
Payments cannot be made by check.

The following link can be used to purchase National Avian Bowl manuals, using a credit card:   http://shopping.clemson.edu/. When the Clemson Shopping pages comes up, enter Man161 (NO spaces between the alpha and numeric) in the Search Products Box.


Dr. Francine A. Bradley, Editor

Extension Poultry Specialist

1775 East Palm Canyon Dr.

Suite 110 - #129

Palm Springs, California 92264




Feb. 15 - Humboldt Poultry Fanciers’ Show (this show is proceeding with the blessing of our State Veterinarian.   The Show site in Ferndale is geographically isolated, not close to commercial poultry, and draws exhibitors from northern California.  Dr. Bradley will be judging Showmanship and Avian Bowl (2019 Study Sections will be used).  Info.: Mrs. Lisa Jensen 707 845-9120.


April 25 - California Avian Bowl State Qualifier, Merlot Banquet Room, Picadilly Inn Airport Hotel, 5115 E. McKinley, Fresno, 93727   Entry Forms on this website.  Info: Dr. Bradley 760 699-5078


July 18, 5 PM - Avian Bowl, Orange County Fair.  Info: ocfinfo@ocfair.com; on-line registration only. 


Questions: Dr. Bradley 760 699-5078