Meet our Team
Birgit - Founder and Owner of the San Francisco Bird Hotel
The creation of the Bird Hotel provided me with unlimited opportunities to learn about entrepreneurship and business administration. I started this project in 2006 and it has developed into a demanding operation with a (human) staff between 8 and 11, providing trustworthy and genuine bird care seven days a week. We have survived Covid in 2020 with the help of our loyal clientele and our supportive landlord and ever since the Bird Hotel seems to be still growing. It has developed into a one stop shop offering everything a bird lover needs in the local community. From boarding to grooming to birdie day care, the parrot Limo, monthly events and after-hour services. We are here for you! The Bird Hotel in 2022 has over 700 active customers and we are dealing with an average of 110 bird guests of all shapes and sizes on a daily basis. My duties in the Bird Hotel cover everything from janitor to CEO. I look back to a wealth of bird care experience beginning over 30 years ago. My personal flock of birds live in the Hotel and have been my team and support since day one:)
I grew up with “Neptun”, my childhood pet cockatiel whom I had to leave behind in Europe when I left my nest. I speak fluent Amazonian, Cockatilian and Toucanian, and I am proficient in Budgie talk and African-grey slang. I love them all and I can relate to their moods, desires and needs. It is a pleasure for me to get to know them, listening to their story telling and individual contributions to the occasional sing-along’s in the Bird Hotel. To learn more about me, please go to http://www.linkedin.com/in/birgitsoyka
Daisy - V.P. of Bird Resources
Daisy swiftly and professionally takes care of all Marketing and administrative duties for the Hotel and is in charge of the necessary Boarding Agreement which needs to be filled out and signed by the human companion of our guests by the time of check-in. Daisy has lead the internal efforts to ensure our bird boarding rates remain affordable to bird parents. When Daisy doesn't fly from one meeting to another she happily takes five minutes out of her busy schedule to greet our guests.
Mayra - Operations Manager
Mayra "flew" into the Bird Hotel in 2016 and ever since is thriving in her position as the Operations Manager.
With her bachelor's in animal science degree and growing up with all kinds of animals she is a bird person through and through. Nothing gets by Mayra here in the Hotel, she knows all the quirks of our bird guests and their humans. She is in charge of all operational aspects, so the Hotel is able to provide impeccable service, beginning from the maintenance and scheduling of our cage fleet of 145 cages, to the scheduling of staff so every guest gets their breakfast in time. We all are very versatile and do whatever it takes to keep the wheel greased - from cleaning cages in the morning to customer service to preparing fresh bird food in the kitchen. Mayra is the proud owner of the Pineapple Head conure "Manzana" but has morphed into a dedicated Macaw person.
Eddie - Director of Recreation and Entertainment
Due to his extraordinary talents, Eddie, bonis avibus, became a scholar of the Latin language. He also devotes his time to classical music and poetry readings. Eddie has a variety of duties at the hotel. He has integrated meditative activities for mind, body and feathers to the hotel’s entertainment schedule. He also encourages every guest to sign up for his daily poetry readings and evening yoga sessions, which is scheduled in the big bird room. Eddie was promoted to Director in 2011, and has been unstoppable in his endeavors ever since.
Christina - Operations and Customer Service
Christina joined the San Francisco Bird Hotel in 2019 and ever since is fully dedicated to its well-being and further development. Her commitment and compassion for all our bird guests is the corner stone of our success. Christina has a wealth of work experience in different areas and compliments her role in the Bird Hotel with her well-honed skills of caring for animals. Christina is Mayra's right hand and operates in fifth gear all day long. She is a devoted rescue bunny mom and is the proud owner of two poicephalus "Lucy" the Meyer's and "Hops" the Senegal parrot and is co-parenting Lily the Goffin's Cockatoo.
Alex - Top Chef
Alex is the “foodie” in our team. He makes sure that only the best will be served in the San Francisco Bird Hotel.The daily hotel menu is meticulously sampled and approved by Alex' taste buds before being offered to our guests. He is always searching for the right combination in texture and flavors. In 2010 Alex introduced his water tasting events to the activity schedule, and ever since, has been leading our Nutrition and Health Department.
On the weekends you can see Alex strutting around the local Farmer's Market.