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.
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.

Excellence in Training

This award recognizes what the IAATE Board of Directors believes to be the best bird behavior submitted since the last conference.

Entries will be judged on the originality of the behavior, the complexity of the training and the incorporation of best practices in bird training.

The behavior must be safe for the bird and any trainers, or audience members involved with the behavior. Behaviors may include husbandry behaviors, interpretative behaviors or behaviors in show settings.

Submission Deadlines

Deadline October 1, 2019
Paper/Poster Abstracts
Conference Scholarship Application Submission

Deadline January 10, 2020
Conservation and Education Grant Application Submission

Deadline January 31, 2020
Photo Contest Submission

Registration Deadlines

Deadline January 1, 2020
Early Bird Registration

Deadline January 30, 2020
Hotel Guaranteed Rate Reservation

Deadline January 25, 2020
All Mailed and Online Registrations


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 The International Association of Avian Trainers

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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