IAATE Awards & Grants


Awards & Grants

Each year at the annual conference IAATE presents a series of awards recognizing significant achievements by its members in several fields. Members may also apply for grant funding for conservation projects with the grant awards being made at the conference. You can check past Awards & Grant winners here.

Submission Deadlines

Deadline January 10, 2023
Conservation and Education Grant Application Submission

Deadline January 15, 2023
Behavior Showcase Submission

Deadline January 15, 2023
Photo Contest Submission 

Education Grant

IAATE Education Grants are awarded to members to develop and support their programs in achieving their educational goals. The winners will be announced at the Annual Conference Banquet. Attendance at the conference is not a requirement, but is encouraged. Supporting materials such as videos and pictures can be included with entry/application.

Conservation Grant

IAATE Conservation Grants are open to any individual or organization proposing work that will support the IAATE's mission. However, projects must be sponsored by, or include a role for, an IAATE member in good standing. Projects being awarded grant funding will be announced at the annual conference Banquet. Attendance at the conference is not a requirement. Videotapes, pictures, papers, etc., can be included with entry/application.

High Flyer Award

This award will be given to the paper that the conference attendees vote as the best. All conference attendees get to vote on their favorite paper; so to have a chance at winning this award all you have to do is present a paper. All presenters for the conference have their papers automatically entered for the High Flyer Award. Note that only papers submitted by the submission deadline are eligible.





Behavior Showcase

Every year the opening day of IAATE’s annual conference kicks off with a celebration of our members’ training successes with the IAATE Behavior Showcase presentation. This video montage sets the stage for a wonderful conference experience with members sharing and learning from each other.

Do you have a training success you would like to share with the attendees of the IAATE annual conference?? Would you like to inspire other facilities to reach new heights in training? During the opening of the general paper session, we will be showing a montage of our members' proudest guest interactions, husbandry, and show behaviors.

Get your cameras out and capture your team’s achievements. Submissions to the Awards Committee for review will be accepted in the months leading up to the conference each year. The deadline for submission will be January 31.

Please consider the welfare of the bird and the safety of the audience and trainer during the behavior. Please see IAATE Position Statement on best practices in training for reference.

 Submission details:

  • Record in landscape orientation rather than portrait.
  • Format video for the web in Mp4 with h.264 compression
  • Preferably Full HD 1080 (1920x1080), no less than 1280x720
  • If you use music in your video, make sure you are using copyright-free music.
  • Consider using text overlays on your video to describe behaviors or training for the viewers’ experience rather than dialogue.
  • The video will be shown during the opening of the conference for all attendees. IAATE will be sharing the videos on social media after the conference so please share materials that are approved by your organization for social media.

NAME YOUR FILE with your institution’s name, following this naming convention: institutionname_behaviorname_IAATE2021.mp4

No spaces or hyphens in filename

Example: CascadesRaptorCenter_CrateLoad_IAATE2020.mp4

We look forward to showcasing and celebrating some of the inspirational and creative accomplishments of our members during the conference. 

UPLOAD YOUR VIDEO FILE to this Dropbox and follow submission instructions:


Please feel free to contact us using the contact form. We are happy to answer any questions you may have.



The International Association of Avian Trainers and Educators

is an organization for individuals who are active in the field of avian training and who are involved in environmental education programs.

IAATE was founded to foster communication, professionalism and cooperation among those individuals who serve Avian Science through training, public display, research, husbandry, conservation, and education.



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