Ifsha Buttitta writes species profiles for BirdChannel.com and contributes articles to BIRD TALK magazine. A former managing editor for Veterinary Practice News magazine, Buttitta currently works as a freelance writer and editor. She is a general animal enthusiast, and has volunteered at two humane societies in Southern California. At one shelter, Buttitta encouraged the promotion of improved care for the rabbits, including fresh hay daily, frozen liter bottles during hot weather in addition to larger cages, and she was delighted when funding allowed these improvements to take place.
She and her family share their home with one of her humane society rescues, a Californian rabbit named Poppy. Her budgie Junior, also a humane society rescue, continues to be memorialized in the pages of BIRD TALK magazine. Junior found her; he had been brought to the humane society sick and underweight, and was in a gerbil cage surrounded by cats. Eight weeks of medication and TLC, combined with Junior's resilient spirit, turned this bird around. Buttitta shared her home with him for 10 years.
Buttitta holds a Master's Degree in Journalism from New York University. Her undergraduate work was in Journalism with a minor in English. When she is not working, she enjoys spending time with her two children, including volunteering at her son's school, as well as reading and walking. She and her husband hope to revisit some of their favorite travel destinations in Europe once the kids are older.