Past Awards & Grants

2016 Awards and Grants

HIGH FLYER (Best Paper)

Educating the Uninterested: How Shaping through Positive Reinforcement Changes Mindsets of Children
Kenny Coogan, Science Teacher, Orange Grove Middle Magnet School of the Arts

BEST POSTER

Zoo Guests Carrion On About Vultures!
Jenyva Turner, Lead Animal Keeper- African Rift Valley, Cheyenne Mountain Zoo

SHOW BEHAVIOR OF THE YEAR

Turtle Bay Exploration Park: Raven Doing Water Displacement.

HUSBANDRY BEHAVIOR OF THE YEAR

Disney’s Animal Kingdom: Northern Carmine Bee-eater Exclusion Feed in Free-Flight Aviary.

INTERPRETIVE BEHAVIOR OF THE YEAR

Turtle Bay Exploration Park: Color Recognition in Birds.

ENRICHMENT OF THE YEAR

Brevard Zoo Staff

CONSERVATION GRANTS

American Kestrel Nestbox Program
Brandywine Zoo/Delaware Zoological Society, Jacque Williamson
Amount Granted - $3,800.00

Conserving Southern Africa's Vultures
VulPro NPC, Kerri Wolter
Amount Granted - $2,500.00

Migratory Bird Corridor
Orange Grove Magnet Middle School for the Arts (OG), Kenny Coogan
Amount Granted - $500.00

African Vulture Action Plan
The Peregrine Fund
This grant is funded as part of IAATE’s commitment to Vulture Conservation with additional grant money that remained after 2016’s grants were funded.
Amount Granted - $4,000.00

EDUCATION GRANTS

Studying Avian Ecology in an Urban Setting
Orange Grove Magnet Middle School for the Arts (OG), Kenny Coogan
Amount Granted - $1,000.00

Providing Visitors Hands-on Learning Experiences: Enhancing Programs with Biofacts
Tracy Aviary, Helen Dishaw
Amount Granted: $250.00

Saving Raptors in Belize for the Price of a Happy Meal
Belize Raptor Center, Sarah Mann
Amount Granted: $5,170.00

Avian Education through Technological Advancements
South Carolina Aquarium, Monty Wallace
Amount Granted: $1,500.00

Watch for full details and update reports of these grant projects in upcoming issues of The Flyer.

2015 Awards and Grants


HIGH FLYER (Best Paper)

From Obstacles to Assets: Improving Programs by Rethinking Problems
Melissa Hill and Brandon Lewis – Draper Museum Raptor Experience

BEST POSTER

Gomez: The Story of a Misunderstood Turkey Vulture
Hannah G. Baker CPBT-KA and LeeAnn C. Goette CPBT-KA – Little Rock Zoo

SHOW BEHAVIOR OF THE YEAR

The NEI Team at Winged Encounters, led by Chris Jenkins: Flying a group of macaws to show area and back on cue about a half of a mile away.

HUSBANDRY BEHAVIOR OF THE YEAR

Brevard Zoo: Voluntary Injection Training of Southern Cassowary (Casuarius casuarius) in a Protected Contact Environment.

INTERPRETIVE BEHAVIOR OF THE YEAR

Columbus Zoo & Aquarium: Craven for a Cause: Nest Building & Recycling.

ENRICHMENT OF THE YEAR

Tracy Aviary Bird Show Staff

CONSERVATION GRANT

IAATE Conservation Grants are awarded to facilitate travel to conservation projects, develop education programs, fund websites and more.

KwaZulu Natal Crane Foundation - Ryne Ferguson
Wattled Crane Rearing and Release Project.
$2,450.84

Gachowk Vulture Safe Zone – Scott Mason
$5,000

Friends of the National Park Foundation – Cerita Mattison
A Post Release Study of FNPF’s Bali Starling Rehabilitation.
$1,500

EDUCATION GRANT

IAATE Education Grants are awarded to members to develop and support avian education programs within zoos and other avian facilities.

Orange Grove Magnet Middle School for the Arts - Kenny Coogan
Introducing BOP to Urban Middle School Youth through Hands on Labs.
$709.21

Point Defiance Zoological Society - Suzanne Akerman
Advancing Avian Conservation Education through Citizen Science
$1,500

Audubon Center of the North Woods
Taxidermy of Northern Owls
$600

KwaZulu Natal Crane Foundation - Ryne Ferguson
Wattled Crane Rearing and Release Education Program
$722.67

Mountsburg Raptor Centre - Sandra Davey
Binoculars for Raptor Camp
$600.00

2014 Awards and Grants

HIGH FLYER (Best Paper)

Peeping Tom – An Intimate Look into the Lives of Bald Eagles
Ryan Van Zant, - University of Oklahoma, George Miksch Sutton Avian Research Center.

BEST POSTER

Modeling Scientific Investigation through The Raptor Center’s Research into the Lead Poisoning of Bald Eagles
Michael Billington, Interpretive Naturalist, The Raptor Center, University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine

SHOW BEHAVIOR OF THE YEAR

Gimpy, the Moluccan Cockatoo Chained Behavior
Zoomarine – Portugal

HUSBANDRY BEHAVIOR OF THE YEAR

Voluntary Radiographs on Abyssinian Ground Hornbill
Jenyva Turner - Cheyenne Mountain Zoo

INTERPRETIVE BEHAVIOR OF THE YEAR

Quaker Parakeet Nest Building
Andy Hallsworth - Banham Zoo

ENRICHMENT OF THE YEAR

Holiday-Themed Interactive Enrichment Demo
Tracy Aviary Bird Show Staff

CONSERVATION GRANTS

$2,600 for video trail cams to donate to Kea Conservation Program
Jackie Bray, Cincinnati Zoo

CONSERVATION DONATION (from vulture t-shirt fund-raiser and Conservation Fund)

$1,500 to VULTURE RESCUE www.vulturerescue.org
$1,500 to VULTURE CONSERVATION PROJECT www.vulpro.com
$1,500 to VULTURE CONSERVATION FOUNDATION www.4vultures.org
$1.500 to ANDEAN CONDOR CONSERVATION www.peregrinefund.org/projects/ecuador-andean-condor

EDUCATION GRANTS

$500 for Fishing for Eagles
Jennifer Drayna, National Eagle Center

$410 for Living with the Landscape: Field trips to local state parks.
Sayako Iwanaga, Hawks Aloft, Inc.

$900US for help starting a new program, "The Fable Show."
Joel Romero Lujan, El Nido "Vida Silvestre Jesús Estudillo López A.C."

Watch for full details and update reports of these grant projects in upcoming issues of The Flyer

2013 Awards and Grants

HIGH FLYER (Best Paper)

Interactive Feedings in Large Free-flight Aviaries
Dave Miller, National Aviary

SHOW BEHAVIOR OF THE YEAR

Macaw Fly-over
Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo

HUSBANDRY BEHAVIOR OF THE YEAR

Raven Telemetry Stationing
San Diego Zoo Global

INTERPRETIVE BEHAVIOR OF THE YEAR

Toucan Branch-hopping Demonstration
Tracy Aviary Bird Programs Staff

ENRICHMENT BEHAVIOR OF THE YEAR

Jeep Flight Training for Eagle
Michael Simmons, A World of Wings

ENRICHMENT DEVICE OF THE YEAR

Dog Puzzle Toys for Raptors/Corvids
Miguel Santos, ZooMarine Portugal

CONSERVATION GRANTS

$2,500 for Blue-throated Macaw Conservation Program
Joanna Eckles, World Parrot Trust

$1,000 for Monitoring Peregrine Falcon Populations in the Midwestern US
Gail Buhl

$2,300 for Mabula Ground Hornbill Conservation and Research Project
Christine Giannone

$4,183 for Handrearing of Kakapo chicks 2013
Barbara Heidenriech (on behalf of the New Zealand Department of Conservation Kakapo Recovery Team)

$2,500 for Rare Species Conservatory Foundation
Dr. Paul Reillo

EDUCATION GRANTS

$834.94 for Sky Hunters Birds of Prey iFly Project
Ellen Schneiderman and Diane Visty, Schlitz Audubon Nature Center

$500.00 for Flyways: Raptor Migration
Natalie Childers, Carolina Raptor Center

For full details and update reports of these grant projects check out 2013/2014 issues of The Flyer

2012 Awards and Grants

HIGH FLYER (Best Paper)

A Scientific Look into the Visual Acuity of Raptors
Mike Billington, The Raptor Center at the University of Minnesota

BEST POSTER

Enhancing the Guest Experience with Unexpected Encounters
Helen Dishaw and Stephanie Ashley, Tracy Aviary

SHOW BEHAVIOR OF THE YEAR

Kiting on Cue
Kit Lacy, Cascades Raptor Center

HUSBANDRY BEHAVIOR OF THE YEAR

Voluntary Nail Trim
Kenny Coogan, Aquarium of Niagara

INTERPRETIVE BEHAVIOR OF THE YEAR

Crow Caching
Tracy Aviary Bird Programs Staff

ENRICHMENT BEHAVIOR OF THE YEAR

Hiking with Hornbills
Michael Simmons, A World of Wings

ENRICHMENT DEVICE

Feather Duster
Oregon Zoo Wild Life Live Show Staff

CONSERVATION GRANTS

$2500 for World Parrot Trust
Dr. James Gilardi

$2000 for Conservation Ecology of the Globally Threatened Red-footed Falcon
Todd Katzner and Evgeny Bragin

EDUCATION GRANTS

$300 for Biofacts for the Sea and Do Shack
Kenny Coogan, Aquarium of Niagara, NY

$500.00 for Binoculars for Great Outdoors University
Kate Friedman, Tennessee Wildlife Federation

For full details and update reports of these grant projects check out 2012/2013 issues of The Flyer

2011 Awards and Grants

HIGH FLYER AWARD

The SMART Alternative to Traditional Outreach: Utilizing Technology to Create a True Multimedia Animal Experience.
Troy Paisley, Columbus Zoo


BEST POSTER (Tie)

Learning to Walk Again: Paralysis in an African Penguin
Bethany Wlaz, The Maryland Zoo in Baltimore

Flocking with Flamingos
Katie Mixon and Christine Talleda, Riverbanks Zoo and Garden


BEHAVIOR OF THE YEAR: HUSBANDRY

Voluntary foot inspection on observation platform.
Miguel Santos, Zoomarine, Portugal


BEHAVIOR OF THE YEAR: SHOW

Falcon stooping from a balloon.
Gareth Morgan, African Lion Safari, Canada


ENRICHMENT AWARD: DEVICE

Waterfowl feeder
Alaska SeaLife Center Avian Staff


CONSERVATION GRANTS

$2000 for Vulture Safe Zone, Pokhara.
Scott Mason, Himalayan Raptor Rescue, Nepal

$1000 for Gyps Vulture Restoration Project, Pakistan.
Ashley Smith, The Hawk Conservancy Trust, England

$1,000 for Loggerhead Shrike migrans Subspecies Project
Gareth Morgan, African Lion Safari, Canada

$500 for Breakfast with the Birds Program
Jeff Ewelt from the Beartooth Nature Center, Montana

$2500 for the Blue Throat Macaw Project
Joanna Eckles, World Parrot Trust

Full details and update reports of these grant projects in 2011/2012 issues of The Flyer.

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