1. 2016 Conference
  2. Keynote Speaker
  3. Hotel
  4. Papers
  5. Activities
  6. Schedule

NEW for 2016

Walter Crawford Memorial Conference Scholarship

Have you dreamed of attending our annual conference, but lack the funds to do so? If so, this new opportunity for 2016 might be the answer to your dreams! IAATE will award up to $5,000.00 to eligible IAATE members to assist in funding attendance of our annual conference. This scholarship fund is limited and will be awarded only to applicants who meet eligibility requirements. The recipient of this scholarship will be determined by the IAATE Professional Development Committee. Download the scholarship application form here. Deadline for application submission for our 2016 conference is October 1, 2015. Please send completed applications to Professional Development Committee Chair, email contact included on application form.

Note: Eligibility requirements recently changed. While you must be an IAATE member to apply, there is no minimum membership time requirement, however, preference will be given to applicants who have been a member for more than one year.

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Dates to Remember

October 1, 2015          Paper/Poster Abstracts Submission Deadline

October 1, 2015          Conference Scholarship Application Submission Deadline

December 1, 2015       Conservation and Education Grant Application Submission Deadline

January 1, 2016           Early Bird Registration Deadline

January 15, 2016         Photo Contest Submission Deadline

January 15, 2016         Behavior of the Year Awards Submission Deadline

January 15, 2016         Hotel Guaranteed Rate Reservation Deadline

January 15, 2016         All Mailed and Online Registrations Deadline

 

ATTENTION CPBT-KA

Our annual conference paper sessions and workshops are eligible for CEUs necessary for maintaining your certification.

Credits available are as follows:

IAATE Annual Conference – 8 CEUs
IAATE Annual Conference Workshop - A Comprehensive Course for Bird Trainers and Show Presenters - 8 CEUs
IAATE Annual Conference Workshop – Creating High Performance Teams – 2 CEUs
IAATE Annual Conference Workshop – Oscar Winning Enrichment – 3 CEUs
IAATE Annual Conference Workshop – Personal Passion and the Perfect Presentation – 2 CEUs

You will need to provide signed proof of attendance to IATCB to get these credits. Workshop leaders can sign the forms for any workshops you attend. Our Vice President can sign any general conference forms. So please bring forms with you to obtain necessary signatures! 

KEYNOTE SPEAKER

Our Keynote Speaker this year is Charles R. Preston Ph.D., Willis McDonald, IV Senior Curator of Natural Science And Founding Curator-in-Charge at the Draper Natural History Museum, Buffalo Bill Center of the West in Cody, Wyoming. He will present a keynote address entitled: Face to Face with the Wild: The Power and Responsibility of using Live Birds in Public Education


Dr. Charles R. Preston is an ecologist, raptor biologist, and widely published authority on wildlife and human – wildlife relationships in Greater Yellowstone. He is the Willis McDonald, IV Senior Curator of Natural Science at the Buffalo Bill Center of the West, where he received international acclaim for leading the design and development of its Draper Natural History Museum. He continues to oversee the integrated suite of research, collections, public education (including the Draper Museum Raptor Experience) and exhibition activities of the Draper Museum, and is currently engaged in a long-term study of nesting ecology, diet, and habitat use of Golden Eagles in sagebrush-steppe. Previously, Preston was Chairman of Zoology, Denver Museum of Nature and Science and a tenured Associate Professor of Biology, University of Arkansas, Little Rock. He holds or has held adjunct faculty appointments at the Haub School of Environment and Natural Resources at the University of Wyoming, Environmental, Population, and Organismal Biology at the University of Colorado, and Environmental Policy and Management, at the University of Denver. Early in his career, Preston led a Ford Foundation award-winning, state-wide education program using live raptors and other non-releasable wildlife in Arkansas.
 

HOTEL

Conference 1

The Big Horn Resort
1801 Majestic Lane, Billings, MT 59101
1-406-839-9300

For more detailed information about our conference hotel visit their website http://thebighornresort.com/

Our host hotel, The Big Horn Resort, is the perfect site for our Montana conference. The meeting space is well equipped for our presentations and the hotel’s amenities are sure to be enjoyed by all. The Big Horn Resort is Montana’s conference center and leisure family vacation destination. The Resort provides the highest quality, and the most comfortable and convenient accommodations of any hotel in Montana. The attached water park, The Reef, will give attendees a unique opportunity to enjoy the luxuries of an active water park during the cold Montana winter. You will also have the additional perks of:

  • Free breakfast
  • Free WiFi
  • Free airport transportation
  • Free weekday newspaper
  • Guest laundry facilities

If you are traveling by air, you will fly into the Billings International Airport. Our hotel provides a complimentary shuttle to the airport. You can call 1-406-839-9300 to book the shuttle. There is also a courtesy phone in the baggage claim area of the airport that you can use to call for the shuttle, just dial 8 to be connected directly to the hotel.

We have secured the discounted rates of $99.00 per room, this rate applies no matter the occupancy – single, double, triple, or quad. Please be sure to mention code “IAATE2016” when making your reservation. The hotel will be holding a block of rooms for us until Friday, January 15, 2016. The special rate and room availability are guaranteed for the dates of February 15-21, 2016. Check in time is 3:00 pm on the day of arrival. Check out time is 11:00 am on the day of departure. If early arrivals or late departures are necessary, please let the hotel know in advance and they will make every effort to accommodate.

To book your room, call 1-406-839-9300, and don’t forget to quote“IAATE2016.”

If you would like to make a reservation online, please go to the hotel website www.thebighornresort.com and follow these steps:

  • Scroll to the bottom of the home page and click on the Conventions Reservations tab.
  • Complete all fields on the form (Group Name is IAATE)
  • A representative from the hotel will contact you to confirm your reservation and billing details.

PAPERS

“Jess in Case”
Daniel Blair, CPBT-KA, CPBC, Natural Encounters, Inc.

An Overview of the State of Raptor Conservation Worldwide
Erin E. Katzner, CPBT-KA, The Peregrine Fund

From Rehab to “Red Widow” A Story of Strength and Determination
Genna Bickford & Josh Kuszmaul, Kansas City Zoo

Development of an Interactive Feed Using Exhibit Vultures
Grace Thornton and Gareth Morgan, African Lion Safari

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

Running a Free Flight Bird Show with Limited Staff:  A Case Study
LeeAnn Goette-Purifoy CPBT-KA, Education Outreach Keeper and Hannah Baker CPBT-KA, Little Rock Zoo

Use of a Vest to Prevent Feather Destructive Behavior from Flock Mates
Lisa Land, Curator of Birds, Cougar Mountain Zoo

R+ -> r2 (Positive Reinforcement is For Raptors Too)
Matt Edmonds, Wonders of Nature

Empowerment Retrieval
Michael Billington, Interpretive Naturalist, The Raptor Center, University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine

Managing the Message: The Evolution of Broken Bird Sob Stories to Empowering Ambassadors for Species Conservation
Natalie Childers, Programs Director and  Kate Olukalns, Senior Presenter & Trainer, Carolina Raptor Center

Training a European Barn Owl Tyto alba to Circuit in a Busy Show Setting
Nicky Plaskitt CPBT-KA, Head of Birds and Training, Paradise Wildlife Park, UK

Interpretation on Purpose, Not By Accident
Sarah Gilmore, Michigan Avian Experience

Improving Animal Welfare Through TrainingSteve Martin CPBT-KA, Natural Encounters, Inc.

POSTERS

Join us at 12:30-1:30 on Thursday February 18 for our Poster Viewing Lunch. Poster presenters will be available to answer quesions about their posters. IAATE is providing a deli lunch for all attendees.

From Force to Choice: Training an Albino Barred Owl
Abigail Krumrie, Raptor Education Group, Inc

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

Zuzu the Egg Thief: Color Recognition Study on a Crested Caracara
Joseph Parsons, Animal Keeper (Relief), Cape May County Park & Zoo

Maximize Movement and Comfort of Tethered raptors with Creative Perching Hardware Design
Kim Caldwell, Animal Training Supervisor, San Diego Zoo Safari Park Frequent Flyers Bird Show

ACTIVITIES

Most conference activities (unless otherwise noted) are covered in the full-registration fee. However, it is possible to sign-up for any activity a-la-carte at the conference itself. Prices for activities if NOT registering for the full conference are noted below each activity. Please note: you cannot pre-register for activities individually; this has to be done at the conference. Only full-registration can be made in advance.

Full-Day Training Workshop, February 17

Please note: This workshop is NOT covered in the cost of registration. Reservations will be made on a first come, first serve basis. Space permitting, payment reserves your space. Note guides and certificates of completion will be provided for all attendees. This course is an outstanding preparation for the IATCB certification exam.
Note: For CPBT-KA - 8 CEU’s are available for attendance at this workshop.

A Comprehensive Course for Bird Trainers and Show Presenters

This workshop, presented by Steve Martin CPBT-KA, Past President of IAATE, is designed for all levels of training experience and includes the most contemporary information on the technology and scientific principals associated with training birds and other animals. Also included is empowering information on producing and presenting affective educational programs. Attendees may submit videos of their shows for evaluation during the workshop. The full-day course includes the following and more:

 Operant Learning Principles
    Understanding Reinforcement and Punishment
    Effective reinforcement strategies
    Schedules, rates, and value of reinforcement
    Alternatives to punishment

Clear, Honest, Communication 
    Prompts, cues, and bridging stimuli
    Problems with baiting
    Effective bridging strategies

Motivation
    Antecedent strategies to increase motivation
    Choice and control – empowering animals to maximize motivation
    LRS and behavioral momentum
    Weight and food management

Building Trusting Relationships With Animals

Creating High Performing Teams

Show Production and Presentation

    Message delivery
    Show structure
    Ethics – animal welfare, mixed messages
    Dealing with mistakes
    Species selection

Cost: $50
This workshop runs 8am - 5pm on Wednesday, February 17
Limited to 100 participants.
 

Pre-Conference Trip, February 17

Please note: The pre-conference trip is NOT covered in the cost of registration. See below for details of cost and maximum participant information. The trip includes transportation and provided lunch.

Additional note - the pre-conference trip and the full-day workshop run concurrently - you cannot attend both.

Buffalo Bill Center of the West.
Last year's IAATE High Flyer Award winners, Brandon Lewis and Melissa Hill will be our hosts for this fun pre-conference trip! You might not expect it in the small town of Cody, Wyoming, but the Buffalo Bill Center of the West houses five world-class museums and a research library—all under one roof. They are dedicated to the American West...its history, art, Native American heritage, the natural science of the Yellowstone region, and the development and importance of firearms to the West.  Attendees will find the following at this 7 acre complex:  Buffalo Bill Museum: Witness the spectacle he created and explore the West he loved; Cody Firearms Museum: Discover how firearms shaped the history of the American West; Draper Natural History Museum: Marvel at the power and beauty of the Yellowstone region as well as a live raptor talk; Whitney Western Art Museum: Picture the West through the eyes of its most famous artists; Plains Indian Museum: Experience the lives and legends of the Plains Indian people.; McCracken Research Library: Dig deeper into our collections of stories, photos, and documents.  The Center is an Affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution, accredited by the American Alliance of Museums, a favorite museum for groups, and a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence winner two-years running with top ratings from the vast majority of reviewers. This promises to be a pre-conference trip to remember.

Cost: $35
Limited to 25 participants.
The pre-conference trip will depart at 8:30am with return to hotel at 5pm.
 

Workshops, February 19

Reservations will be made on a first come, first serve basis. Space permitting, payment reserves your space. Workshops are NOT covered in the full-registration fee. IATCB CEU’s are also available for certified trainers.

This conference will offer three different workshops. All three workshops will be offered twice on Friday, in the AM and again in the PM at the hotel, requiring a choice between them.

Creating High Performance Teams: Have you ever wondered why you can’t seem to get ahead at your job? Have you ever blamed someone else for your inability to move ahead? Do you wish you had more trustful relationships with people in your life, or had more motivation or better communication skills to help you succeed at your job? These questions and many others will be discussed in this two hour workshop designed to help you gain insights into team behavior and empowering strategies for achieving your goals. Facilitated by IAATE Past-President, Steve Martin CPBT-KA.
Limited to 30 participants.

Oscar Winning Enrichment With You As The Best Supporting Actor: Are you tasked at work with doing “meet the trainer talks” or “guest meet and greets”? Do you sometimes struggle for ideas for these sessions? Then this is the workshop for you! Lights, camera, action…watch the lights come on as your animal performs a naturalistic behavior centered on skillfully crafted enrichment and the audience makes a connection. Watch the cameras come out to capture the memory forever. Lead guests to conservation action through caring about our natural world. This workshop focuses on key steps to enrich your animals and guests. Attend this workshop and build your skills to reach the stars as a presenter.

  • Learn the art of research
  • Develop well thought out enrichment
  • Create training strategies based on natural history
  • Design guest interactions showcasing your animals
  • Polish your presentation skills to rocket yourself and your animal to stardom

This three hour workshop will be facilitated by IAATE President, Robin Shewokis and IAATE Board member, Dave Miller.
Limited to 30 participants.

Personal Passion and the Perfect Presentation: Making the Most Out of Every Interaction: Exhibit talks, animal encounters, and stage shows are some of the primary tools that many facilities use to help connect guests with the animals that we care for. But what information are we sharing in these interactions, and how are we presenting it? In this workshop, we will explore some concepts that can help us to take full advantage of every opportunity to take these interactions to the next level:

  • Moving beyond "Sharing = Caring"
  • To Script or Not to Script: Interactions "In the Now"
  • Strategies for Training Visitors
  • What does "The Perfect Presenter" look like?
This two hour workshop will be facilitated by Chris Jenkins, CPBT-KA, Director of Interpretive Programs, Natural Encounters, Inc.

Cost: $10 each 

Open Board Meeting, February 19

Our Open Board Meeting will be held on Friday February 19 at the hotel. Join your organization's Board to hear committee reports, financial updates, and general information about the business year in review as well as upcoming endeavors. This is your opportunity to stay updated on the business of your organization and ask any questions you many want answering. IAATE is providing a pizza party lunch at this year's Open Board Meeting and we hope to see a full attending member turn out! 

Hospitality

This year’s hospitality suite is a large room, perfect for mingling. The hospitality suite presents great opportunities to share information and unwind after a long day of intense learning experiences. This is one of the best ways to share ideas and become inspired by your peers. Thanks to our generous sponsors, the 2016 hospitality suite will be fully stocked with beverages and snacks. 

Icebreaker, February 17

Covered in the cost of full-registration fee.

There’s no hiding the fact that this year’s conference is taking place in Montana, in the winter.  So to get your mind off of the cold, blowing snow, we decided to do an ice breaker like no other.  We’re having a pool party.  Yup, you heard that right, we’re having a pool party in Montana……in the winter!  Join us as we take over the Big Horn resort’s “Reef” for one of the most epic pool parties to date.  The place is ours, conference attendees only!  Alcohol will be served along with appetizers and a whole lot of fun! Embarrassed to show off that bright, winter body?  Don’t worry, t-shirts are allowed and welcome! Don’t be shy, come and have a great time on the waterslides, wave pool and play structure. If you’re not into letting that inner child out, then take a nice soak in the large hot tub.  Now that’s a sure fire way to warm up!

Cost if not registered for full conference: Member/Student: $55; Non-member: $60 

Night Out, February 18

Please note: The night out is NOT covered in the cost of registration. See below for details of cost and maximum participant information. The trip includes transportation.

Hop aboard Billing’s own trolley for a local brewery crawl.  Billings, Montana’s Trailhead, has the only self–guided, walkable brewery tour in Montana. This unoffi­cial “brewery district” is located downtown and includes six breweries and two distilleries, all within easy walking distance. Take this 1.5-mile brewery route and enjoy some historic points along the way or let the trolley do the work for you!

The tour will visit four brewerys:

Trailhead Spirits (2314 Montana Ave)
UberBrew ( 2305 Montana Ave)
MT Brewing Company (113 N Broadway)
 
At each stop, you will be treated to one complimentary drink as well as light appetizers to go along with it. Food and beverage courtesy of Visit Billings, our generous sponsors for this fun night out! Let loose, enjoy some locally crafted beers and take part in some bird talk.

Cost: $35
Limited to 35 participants.

Zoo Day, February 19

Covered in the cost of full-registration fee.

Zoo day promises to be an experience unlike any conference before. During this day, learn firsthand from Zoo staff how they pulled ZooMontana from the ashes to breathe another day. As one of the youngest Zoo’s in the country, ZooMontana has had its struggles and was bankrupt 4 years ago. After careful planning and a lot of passion, Zoo staff has regained the community’s respect and now operates in the black while setting their sights on the future.  See what a Zoo looks like in the building and planning phase. Currently, ZooMontana is a zoological/botanical garden and educational facility dedicated to the conservation of wildlife throughout Montana and the 45th parallel of earth. ZooMontana cares for over 100 animals of 56 different species, including wolves, grizzly bear, otter, eagles, and lynx. Located in the picturesque tourist destination of Billings, MT, ZooMontana offers visitors a unique opportunity to learn about Yellowstone ecosystem fauna through direct observation, interpretive displays, and experiential educational programs. Annually, community and educational programs serve over 10,000 students and over 100,000 visitors, most of whom hail from the northern Rockies.  Led by a 16 member staff, ZooMontana enjoys strong community support through volunteerism, donations, and outreach.  Be sure to bring your jacket as most of our exhibits are outside!  However, the winters provide active animals!!

Cost if not registered for full conference: Member/Student: $25; Non-member: $30 

Banquet, February 20

Covered in the cost of full-registration fee.

The 2016 conference will wrap up in grand style at this years banquet. The banquet is a great time to recognize our fellow professionals and we do that with the annual awards ceremony. Also included at the banquet is our Photo Contest slide show and winners announcement. And get ready to find out where we are headed in 2017, as next year’s host delivers their fun announcement! Our banquet features a full dinner and a cash bar. Great food and great times are assured.

Cost if not registered for full conference: Member/Student: $75; Non-member: $80 

Raffles

Help support IAATE! You will be able to purchase tickets for raffle drawings held throughout the conference. We will once again have our Conservation Raffle during the banquet. If you would like to donate items, please bring them to the conference or mail them ahead of time.

If you are shipping packages, please ship to:

ZooMontana
2100 S. Shiloh Road
Billings, MT 59106

Please mark any pre-shipped raffle donations as “IAATE 2016 RAFFLE DONATION” so we know what it is. Thanks! 

Conference Awards, Grants, and Contests

Don't forget to apply for an award, such as Behavior of the Year, and many others, or a Conservation or Education Grant. Deadlines for grant and award submissions vary. Please see below for deadlines. For the 2016 conference, awards and grant submissions will not be accepted at the conference. This is to allow the committees more time to consider each entry as well as edit video for the banquet awards presentation. Please adhere to the individual deadline! Please see our Awards & Grants section to download application forms and for updated details on how to apply. You can't win if you don't enter!

Conservation Grant Submission Deadline: December 1, 2015

Education Grant Submission Deadline: December 1, 2015  

Behavior Awards Submission Deadline: January 15, 2016

Photo Contest Submission Deadline: January 15, 2016

Enrichment Award Submission Deadline: Ongoing as part of the monthly challenge on Facebook. Please contact Enrichment Committee Chair, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., if you have any questions.

2016 CONFERENCE SCHEDULE

For a printable PDF of the detailed conference schedule breakdown, click HERE.

 

DATE

ACTIVITY

TIME

Mon, Feb 15

Annual Board Meeting

8:00am - 5:00pm

Tue, Feb 16

Annual Board Meeting

8:00am - 5:00pm

Wed, Feb 17    

Full Day Training Workshop

Pre-conference Trip

Icebreaker

8:00am - 5:00pm

8:30am - 5:00pm

6:00pm - 10:00pm

Thurs, Feb 18

Presentations

Poster Presentations with lunch

Night Out

8:30am - 5:00pm

12:30pm - 1:30pm

6:00pm - 9:30pm

Fri, Feb 19

Workshops

Open Board Meeting

Zoo Day at Zoo Montana 

Workshops

8:00am - 11:00am

11:30am - 12:30pm

1:00pm - 4:30pm

6:30pm - 9:30pm

Sat, Feb 20

Presentations

Roundtables

Banquet

8:30am - 2:00pm

2:30pm - 4:30pm

6:30pm - 10:00pm

 

  1. 2017 IAATE Conference
  2. Keynote Speaker
  3. Papers
  4. Activities
  5. Schedule
  6. Registration
  7. Hotel
  8. Sponsors

ZA logo

25th ANNUAL INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE
ATLANTA 2017: Where Talent Meets Inspiration
FEB 22-25, 2017
Hosted by Zoo Atlanta, Atlanta GA

Walter Crawford Memorial Conference Scholarship

Have you dreamed of attending our annual conference, but lack the funds to do so? If so, this scholarship might be the answer to your dreams! IAATE will once again award up to $5,000.00 to eligible IAATE members to assist in funding attendance of our annual conference. This scholarship fund is limited and will be awarded only to applicants who meet eligibility requirements. The recipient of this scholarship will be determined by the IAATE Professional Development Committee. Download the scholarship application form hereDeadline for application submission for our 2017 conference is October 1, 2016. Please send completed applications to Professional Development Committee Chair, email contact included on application form.

Note: While you must be an IAATE member to apply, there is no minimum membership time requirement, however, preference will be given to applicants who have been a member for more than one year.

Dates to Remember

October 1, 2016       Paper/Poster Abstracts Submission Deadline

October 1, 2016       Conference Scholarship Application Submission Deadline

December 1, 2016     Conservation and Education Grant Application Submission Deadline

January 1, 2017        Early Bird Registration Deadline

January 25, 2017      All Mailed and Online Registrations Deadline

January 25, 2017      Hotel Guaranteed Rate Reservation Deadline

January 31, 2017      Award Submissions Deadline

January 31, 2017      Photo Contest Submission Deadline

Chris N. Parish, was raised in a small farming/ranching and oil town in south-central California near the historical range of the remnant California condor population in the southern San Joaquin Valley.  After a brief yet impactful introduction to the wildlife of the desert foothills mostly through hunting and fishing, he moved on to further his education at Northern Arizona University on an athletic scholarship, obtaining a B.S. in Biology with emphasis on Fish and Wildlife Management.  Through time, education and reflection of the vast gap between the people of the land and conservation-oriented groups i.e. academics, scientists etc., it became obvious that he would strive to bridge the gap between the people of the lands and the scientific/management communities. After working on the Black Footed Ferret Reintroduction Program for the Arizona Game and Fish Department, he transferred to the Flagstaff Regional Office as Condor Project Coordinator in 1997.  Since fall 2000, he has been directing the condor project’s field effort for The Peregrine Fund, continuing his passion for effectively conveying products of scientific inquiry to target audiences in an effort to recover a species.  In 2012, Chris returned to Northern Arizona University in pursuit of a PhD. in the Earth Sciences and Environmental Sustainability Program. 

Chris and his wife Ellen, have two beautiful teenage daughters, Emma and Anna.  They can sometimes be found together exploring the wilds of the four corners region while tracking condors, hunting, fishing or hiking.

PAPERS

Thursday Feb 23

Antecedent Arrangements A Trainer’s Best Friend 
Matt Edmonds, Wonders of Nature

 

The Evolution of Control for our Striated Caracara
Nicky Plaskitt, CPBT-KA, Paradise Wildlife Park

 

Selection Process for Non-Releasable Birds: The First Step in Bird Welfare
Kit Lacy –Education Director - Cascades Raptor Center

 

Captive Management Issues Involving Birds of Prey.
David Scott, DVM. Staff veterinarian, Carolina Raptor Center, Charlotte, NC

 

The Importance of Relationships
Justin Eckelberry, Birds and Program Animals Keeper II, Zoo Atlanta

 

The Art and Creation of Interactive Experiences in a Free-Flight Aviary: Let’s Do This Together!
Dave Miller, Disney’s Animal Kingdom

 

Saturday Feb 25

 

I Now Know Better…
Gareth Morgan, African Lion Safari

Retirement: When Is it Time and What Does it Look Like?
Rebecca Bearman, Assistant Curator of Birds and Program Animals, Zoo Atlanta

 

The Raven That Wouldn’t
Seth Wagner and Susan Burchardt

 

The Peruvian Amazon: My Personal Journey into the Rainforest and the National Aviary’s Deep Connection with my Experience
Kelly Pollard, National Aviary

 

How Are We Doing?: Assessing the Effectiveness of Vulture Education
Meghan Sparkman, Bird Staff/Educator at the Center for Birds of Prey/Avian Conservation Center

 

Assessing Enrichment in the Busy Bird Show Season
Lyndsay Newton, Birds and Program Animals Keeper III, Zoo Atlanta

 

Shifting Paradigms; How to Begin Establishing Choice for Avian Ambassadors
Leia Minch, American Bald Eagle Foundation

 

Project P.E.P.E. (Preparing entertaining Peafowl education)
Joseph Parson, Animal Keeper, Cape May County Park & Zoo

 

The IDEA Program:  Interactive Display and Education Animals
Jason Crean, MS, EdD

 

Going Beyond Intern Training: Training to Train  
Christina Lavallee, Lead Keeper, Birds and Program Animals, Zoo Atlanta

 

Anthropomorphism and its Impact on Training
Jon Spero at African Lion Safari

 

Aim At The Target But Focus On The Process
Steve Martin CPBT-KA, Natural Encounters, Inc.

 

 

POSTERS

Mew Modifications: Where Are We Now?
Christina Lavallee, Lead Keeper, Birds and Program Animals, Zoo Atlanta

 

Thirty-two and Twenty-six Years in a Cage: The Challenge of Two Blue and Gold Macaws (Ara Ararauna) to Learn New Behaviors From Undesired Stimulus to Desired Stimulus: A Story Without Grille.
DVM CPBT-KA Joel Romero Lujan, DVM G. Alicia Sánchez Peralta
MEDCAB (Medicine Clinic of Animal Behavior), Mexico

 

Using Movement to Engage Learners in Programs and Presentations
Loy Maierhauser, Education Director, Montana Raptor Conservation Center

 

Migration to the New Exhibit
Michelle Ferguson, Austral/ Asia Keeper, Brevard Zoo

 

Weight Management: Raising Targets Over Time
Lyndsay Newton, Birds and Program Animals Keeper III, Zoo Atlanta

 

Treatment of Severe Bumblefoot in 1.0 Snowy Owl (Bubo scandiacus) Utilizing Training to Minimize Stress
Kelly Pollard, National Aviary

SnowPenguins of SkiDubai
Eric John Novales, Senior Penguin Trainer and Sarah Pillay, Head Penguin Trainer

ACTIVITIES

Most conference activities (unless otherwise noted) are covered in the full-registration fee. However, it is possible to sign-up for any activity a-la-carte at the conference itself. Prices for activities if NOT registering for the full conference are noted below each activity. Please note: you cannot pre-register for activities individually; this has to be done at the conference. Only full-registration can be made in advance.

Pre-conference Trip, Wednesday February 22

Please note: The pre-conference trip is NOT covered in the cost of registration. See below for details of cost and maximum participant information. The trip includes transportation and provided lunch.

Additional note - the pre-conference trip and the full-day workshop run concurrently - you cannot attend both.

Want to learn about something other than birds? No? Well, in case you change your mind, we have planned a pre-conference trip to the Georgia Aquarium. The Aquarium has more gallons of water than any other North American aquarium. Sitting in front of the gigantic glass wall of Ocean Voyager or watching the serene movements of the whale sharks, manta rays, and other enormous marine fishes is like nothing else you can even imagine. Not only is the view breathtaking, but it’s also the only place in the country where you can view manta rays or whale sharks. See the tidal waves crashing over Indonesian reefs, watch garden eels play hide-and-seek, marvel at the giant Japanese crabs, and watch the antics of the sea otters and penguins. This summer, the Aquarium was able to provide a home to several stranded California sea lions. Hopeful to have a really cool show up and running in the future, they currently showcase how far these animals have come and the amazing work these trainers have done with these non-releasable young individuals. You can get through the entire aquarium in a couple of hours, but you can just as easily take your time and make a whole day out of it.

Included with this pre-conference trip to the Aquarium is another amazing adventure, just steps across Centennial Olympic Park, at the World of Coca-Cola. At this beverage museum, learn about the history of Coca-Cola and its Atlanta roots. You’ll also learn about the origins of what is now the most recognized version of Santa Claus in the U.S. See bottles and cans from all around the world, taste drinks from every one of Coke’s regions, watch soda being bottled, and take home a free souvenir bottle of Coke! Want more? For a few dollars extra, you can walk two blocks to CNN Center and a take a backstage tour where you might get the chance to test out the powers of a green screen during a practice weather forecast.

Cost: $35
Limited to 50 participants.

 

Full-day Training Workshop, Wednesday February 22

Please note: This workshop is NOT covered in the cost of registration. All proceeds from this workshop go to the IAATE conservation fund. Reservations will be made on a first come, first serve basis. Space permitting, payment reserves your space. Note guides and certificates of completion will be provided for all attendees. This course is an outstanding preparation for the IATCB certification exam.
Note: For CPBT-KA - CEU’s will be available for attendance at this workshop.

A Comprehensive Course for Bird Trainers and Show Presenters

This workshop, presented by Steve Martin CPBT-KA, Past President of IAATE, is designed for all levels of training experience and includes the most contemporary information on the technology and scientific principals associated with training birds and other animals. Also included is empowering information on producing and presenting affective educational programs. Attendees may submit videos of their shows for evaluation during the workshop. The full-day course includes the following and more:

 Operant Learning Principles
     Understanding Reinforcement and Punishment
     Effective reinforcement strategies
     Schedules, rates, and value of reinforcement
     Alternatives to punishment

Clear, Honest, Communication 
     Prompts, cues, and bridging stimuli
     Problems with baiting
     Effective bridging strategies

Motivation
     Antecedent strategies to increase motivation
     Choice and control – empowering animals to maximize motivation
     LRS and behavioral momentum
     Weight and food management

Building Trusting Relationships With Animals

Creating High Performing Teams

Show Production and Presentation
     Message delivery
     Show structure
     Ethics – animal welfare, mixed messages
     Dealing with mistakes
     Species selection

Cost: $50 (all proceeds go to the IAATE conservation fund).
This workshop runs 8am - 5pm on Wednesday, February 22
Limited to 75 participants.

 

Workshops, Thursday and Friday PM, February 23 and 24

Reservations will be made on a first come, first serve basis. Space permitting, payment reserves your space. Workshops are NOT covered in the full-registration fee. IATCB CEU’s are also available for certified trainers.

This conference will offer three different workshops all at our conference hotel. All three workshops will be offered twice, on Thursday in the PM and again on Friday in the PM, requiring a choice between them.

Personal Passion and the Perfect Presentation: Making the Most Out of Every Interaction: Exhibit talks, animal encounters, and stage shows are some of the primary tools that many facilities use to help connect guests with the animals that we care for. But what information are we sharing in these interactions, and how are we presenting it? In this workshop, we will explore some concepts that can help us to take full advantage of every opportunity to take these interactions to the next level:

  • Moving beyond "Sharing = Caring"
  • To Script or Not to Script: Interactions "In the Now"
  • Strategies for Training Visitors
  • What does "The Perfect Presenter" look like?

This two hour workshop will be facilitated by Chris Jenkins, CPBT-KA, Chief Operating Officer, Natural Encounters, Inc.
Limited to 30 participants.
Cost: $10

Educating the Flock: How to combine the science of training and education to create cooperative learning.
Want to hone your education skills for zoo camps, outreach programs, zoo tours, shows and school presentations? We are emphasizing the 'E' in IAATE at this workshop! Learn how to promote collaborative and active learning, foster empowerment, adapt to various learning styles and utilize free educational technology. Attendees will go through various labs and hands on activities, while best practices are being modeled. Participants will take home an inquiry-based activity and lab lesson plans as well as educational bird related prizes!

This three hour workshop will be facilitated by IAATE Board Member, Mike Billington, CPBT-KA, and Kenny Coogan, CPBT-KA.
Limited to 30 participants.
Cost: $10

Engaging Enrichment: A workshop on how to enrich your birds and your guests simultaneously. Learn the art of extending visitor stay time while inspiring them to leave as stewards of your avian ambassadors. This three hour workshop will be facilitated by IAATE President, Robin Shewokis and IAATE Board Member, Dave Miller.
Limited to 30 participants.
Cost: $10

 

Workshops, Friday, February 24 (During Zoo Day)

Reservations will be made on a first come, first serve basis. Space permitting, payment reserves your space. Workshops are NOT covered in the full-registration fee. IATCB CEU’s are also available for certified trainers.

Raptor Care: Proper Restraint and Basic Coping Skills: Participants will have the opportunity for hands-on learning using cadaver raptors. This workshop will focus on basic restraint and coping techniques. Trainers with no or limited experience in coping and/or restraint of raptors will get the most out of this workshop for beginners.

This two hour workshop will be facilitated by Zoo Atlanta staff and will run from 9:30-11:30am.

Limited to 25 participants.
Cost: $20

 

Perching for Health and Welfare: In this hands-on workshop participants will get an overview of perching dos and don’ts in regards to keeping your birds’ feet healthy and minds active! After learning about the creativity and endless possibilities in perching options, attendees will get to practice skills building a variety of perches. If you drove to the conference you get to go home with your new creation! If you can’t get your perches home, the Birds and Programs Animals Department will put them to good use at Zoo Atlanta.

This two hour workshop will be facilitated by Zoo Atlanta staff and will run from 9:30-11:30am.

Limited to 25 participants.
Cost: $20

 

Icebreaker, Wednesday February 22

Covered in the cost of full-registration fee.

The Ramada Plaza Atlanta Downtown is where you’ll be resting your head and also where we’ll kick off the conference at the icebreaker. Atlanta has a huge comedy improv scene, and we’ll be treated to a show by Improv Road Show. You might even have a chance to practice some of your own newly-learned improv skills! We all know that will come in handy next time you have a bird sitting in a tree that should be sitting on your glove.  During the icebreaker, we’ll be raffling some great behind-the-scenes tour opportunities that can be used during Zoo Day, so bring your cash!

Cost if not registered for full conference: Member/Student: $65 Non-member: $85

 

Zoo Day, Friday February 24

Covered in the cost of full-registration fee.

We’ll keep you busy all day on Zoo Day.  If you participated in the raffle during the icebreaker, you might find yourself behind the scenes feeding a rhino or an elephant. Maybe you won a chance to feed a cassowary or meet a lemur. How about feeding a Sun Bear (Helarctos malayanus), tiger or Giant Otter (Pteronura brasiliensis)? If the weather cooperates, you might feed a giraffe or take a ride on the Endangered Species Carousel. More information will be made available about how you can be one of eight people who gets to meet and feed a Giant Panda (Ailuropoda melanoleuca). Take a tour of great ape areas, and get a glimpse of how Zoo Atlanta cares for the country’s largest zoological population of great apes. Or maybe you want to check out the behind-the-scenes reptile and amphibian Conservation Breeding Center. Be sure to catch one of Zoo Atlanta’s “Fantastic Flights Bird Show” in the World of Wild Theater presented by Georgia Natural Gas, and then get a behind-the-scenes look at how the zoo houses, trains, and manages bird show birds. If you’re really lucky, you might even get a photo with a Toco Toucan (Ramphastos toco) or Hooded Vulture (Necrosyrtes monachus).

During Zoo Day, Zoo Atlanta will host a hands-on workshop for skills practice in restraint of birds of prey, using a dremel to cope and trim beaks, and first aid on-the-go if you get into trouble while out on program. Another Zoo Day workshop, hosted by Zoo Atlanta, will be a great way to grow your skills and get those creative juices flowing when it comes to perching for bird health and welfare.  See the workshops section for more details.

Cost if not registered for full conference: Member: $40; Non-member: $60; Student: $30

 

Open Board Meeting, Friday February 24

Our Open Board Meeting will be held on Friday February 24 at Zoo Atlanta. Join your organization's Board to hear committee reports, financial updates, and general information about the business year in review as well as upcoming endeavors. This is your opportunity to stay updated on the business of your organization and ask any questions you many want answering. Lunch will be provided at this year's Open Board Meeting and we hope to see a full attending member turn out!

 

Banquet, Saturday February 25

Covered in the cost of full-registration fee.

The 2017 conference will wrap up in grand style at this year’s banquet. The banquet is a great time to recognize our fellow professionals and we do that with the annual awards ceremony. Also included at the banquet is our Photo Contest slide show and winners announcement. And get ready to find out where we are headed in 2017, as next year’s host delivers their fun announcement! Our banquet features a full dinner and a cash bar as well as the musical stylings of Leucine Zipper and the Zinc Fingers, a science rock group made up of Georgia Tech professors (the guitarist also works at the Zoo as Director of Research). Great food and great times are assured.

Cost if not registered for full conference: Member/Student: $100; Non-member: $120

 

Hospitality

This year’s hospitality suite is a large room, perfect for mingling. The hospitality suite presents great opportunities to share information and unwind after a long day of intense learning experiences. This is one of the best ways to share ideas and become inspired by your peers. Due to the limited eating establishments within close proximity, this year’s hospitality suite will feature a concessions stand during breakfast, lunch, and dinner times at which you will be able to purchase inexpensive meal options.

 

Raffles

Help support IAATE! You will be able to purchase tickets for raffle drawings held throughout the conference. We will once again have our Conservation Raffle during the banquet. If you would like to donate items, please bring them to the conference or mail them ahead of time.

If you are shipping packages, please ship to:

Zoo Atlanta
Attn: Rebecca Bearman (IAATE raffle)
800 Cherokee Avenue SE,  Atlanta, GA 30315

 

Conference Awards, Grants, and Contests

Don't forget to apply for an award, such as Behavior of the Year, and many others, or a Conservation or Education Grant. Deadlines for grant and award submissions vary. Please see below for deadlines. For the 2017 conference, awards and grant submissions will not be accepted at the conference. This is to allow the committees more time to consider each entry as well as edit video for the banquet awards presentation. Please adhere to the individual deadline! Please see our Awards & Grants section to download application forms and for updated details on how to apply. You can't win if you don't enter!

Conservation Grant Submission Deadline: December 1, 2016

Education Grant Submission Deadline: December 1, 2016 

Behavior Awards Submission Deadline: January 31, 2017

Photo Contest Submission Deadline: January 31, 2017

Enrichment Award Submission Deadline: Ongoing as part of the monthly challenge on Facebook. Please contact Enrichment Committee Chair, Bobby Brett, if you have any questions.

IAATE annual conference has gone mobile!

We are excited to announce we have a brand new mobile guide for you to use on Guidebook! 
Get the guide to access the most up-to-date information about our event, including schedules, maps, and much more. 

You can download the app here.
For a printable PDF of the detailed conference schedule breakdown, click here.


 

REGISTRATION

Registration for the 2017 conference includes our paper sessions, icebreaker, banquet, and zoo day. Please note workshops, pre-conference trip, and night out have an additional cost associated and are available to sign up for on a first come, first served basis.

EARLY BIRD Registration (before Jan 1, 2017)

 Member $250
 Non-Member $350
 Student $195

Registration After Jan 1, 2017

 Member $275
 Non-Member $375
 Student $195

Activities with additional fees not covered in registration:

Full-day Training Workshop: $50
Pre-conference Trip: $35
Thursday and Friday PM Workshops: $10 each
Friday AM Workshops at Zoo Atlanta: $20 each.


Online Registration for our 2017 conference is now open.
Click HERE to register online.

Waiver and Release

1.Only ONE registration form per person (please complete the process for each registrant by clicking on 'register another' at the summary of charges page in the online process).
2.Name and Affiliation should be listed as you would like it to appear on your name tag.
3.Membership must be current for 2017 to receive membership rates and proof of student status is required for student rate.
4.No refunds will be given after January 25, 2017.
5.A $25 cancellation fee is applicable to all cancelled registrations.
6.A position in a workshop is offered on a first come first serve basis. If space is filled a message will be displayed informing you that the workshop is full.


Although online registration is preferred if possible, if you wish to pay by check, or mail your registration, download the registration form. Please fill out the required fields on your computer, print, and mail with your check to the address on the form.

 

2017 IAATE is at the Ramada Plaza Atlanta Capitol Park Hotel

HOTEL

Ramada Plaza Atlanta Capitol Park
450 Capitol Avenue, Atlanta, GA 30312
1-404-591-2000

Our host hotel, The Ramada Plaza Atlanta, is the chosen site for our Atlanta conference. The meeting space is well equipped for our presentations. During your stay you will be able to take advantage of: 

  • Free continental breakfast.
  • Free WiFi in guest rooms and meeting space.
  • Free hotel shuttle within 3-miles of hotel.

We have secured the discounted rates of $129.00 per room, this rate applies for single or double occupancy. Triple occupancy is $139.00; quad occupancy is $149.00.

The hotel will be holding a block of rooms for us until Wednesday, January 25, 2017. Reservations made after that date will be accepted on a space available and rate available basis. Check in time is 4:00 pm on the day of arrival. Check out time is 11:00 am on the day of departure. If early arrivals or late departures are necessary, please let the hotel know in advance and they will make every effort to accommodate.

Details on hotel booking will be available again soon. Please check back this page. 


If you are traveling by air, you will fly into the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. Cab fare from airport to hotel is a flat rate of $30. If you are driving to Atlanta, please be aware there is a parking fee if you wish to park at our hotel. The parking rate is $18/day for overnight parking. 

 

Paper Submission & Speaking Opportunity

IAATE was formed, among other reasons, to provide opportunities through which bird trainers can exchange and disseminate current knowledge, research, and other information among themselves. As a speaker, you are required to submit a full write-up of your paper for publication in our conference proceedings so that everyone can benefit from the knowledge you’ve chosen to share. As a collection of the papers presented at the annual conference, the proceedings are a great way to share information among IAATE members. As a thank you, all speakers will receive a complimentary copy of the proceedings.

Poster presenters are also welcome (but not required) to submit a write-up for the proceedings, and would then also receive a complimentary copy.

IAATE requires publication rights to accepted papers, not only for inclusion in the conference proceedings, but also our online Resource Center and/or our member newsletter, The Flyer.

Coordinating the schedules, itinerary and preparing materials is time sensitive and time intensive. Therefore, it is extremely important to meet the deadline for full paper submission. You will be contacted via email as a reminder of upcoming deadlines. Please be responsive, communication is important. If you have any questions that have not been answered here, or need more explanation, you can contact the Vice President at any time and every effort will be made to address your needs.

Call For Papers & Posters

If you would like to present a paper or poster, please send an abstract by October 1st, 2018 to:

Helen Dishaw, Vice President of IAATE
Phone: 585-278-6171 or Email Electronic submissions are preferred. Please submit documents in Microsoft Word.

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26th ANNUAL INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE

 REDDING 2018: Flying Into The Future
 FEB 21-24, 2018
 Hosted by Turtle Bay Exploration Park, Redding CA 


Walter Crawford Memorial Scholarship

Have you dreamed of attending our annual conference, but lack the funds to do so? If so, this scholarship might be the answer to your dreams! IAATE will once again award up to $5,000.00 to eligible IAATE members to assist in funding attendance of our annual conference. This scholarship fund is limited and will be awarded only to applicants who meet eligibility requirements. The recipient of this scholarship will be determined by the IAATE Professional Development Committee. Download the scholarship application form hereDeadline for application submission for our 2018 conference is October 1, 2017. Please send completed applications to Professional Development Committee Chair, email contact included on application form.

Note: While you must be an IAATE member to apply, there is no minimum membership time requirement, however, preference will be given to applicants who have been a member for more than one year.

Dates to Remember

October 1, 2017       Paper/Poster Abstracts Submission Deadline

October 1, 2017       Conference Scholarship Application Submission Deadline

December 1, 2017     Conservation and Education Grant Application Submission Deadline

January 1, 2018        Early Bird Registration Deadline

January 25, 2018      All Mailed and Online Registrations Deadline

January 30, 2018      Hotel Guaranteed Rate Reservation Deadline

January 31, 2018      Award Submissions Deadline

January 31, 2018      Photo Contest Submission Deadline

Chris N. Parish, was raised in a small farming/ranching and oil town in south-central California near the historical range of the remnant California condor population in the southern San Joaquin Valley.  After a brief yet impactful introduction to the wildlife of the desert foothills mostly through hunting and fishing, he moved on to further his education at Northern Arizona University on an athletic scholarship, obtaining a B.S. in Biology with emphasis on Fish and Wildlife Management.  Through time, education and reflection of the vast gap between the people of the land and conservation-oriented groups i.e. academics, scientists etc., it became obvious that he would strive to bridge the gap between the people of the lands and the scientific/management communities. After working on the Black Footed Ferret Reintroduction Program for the Arizona Game and Fish Department, he transferred to the Flagstaff Regional Office as Condor Project Coordinator in 1997.  Since fall 2000, he has been directing the condor project’s field effort for The Peregrine Fund, continuing his passion for effectively conveying products of scientific inquiry to target audiences in an effort to recover a species.  In 2012, Chris returned to Northern Arizona University in pursuit of a PhD. in the Earth Sciences and Environmental Sustainability Program. 

Chris and his wife Ellen, have two beautiful teenage daughters, Emma and Anna.  They can sometimes be found together exploring the wilds of the four corners region while tracking condors, hunting, fishing or hiking.

CALL FOR PAPERS AND POSTERS

The 26th Annual Conference will be hosted by Turtle Bay Exploration Park in Redding CA. February 21-24, 2018.

Share your knowledge, expertise and experience with
IAATE members. We are soliciting papers on these topics:
  • Training and Behavior 
  • Conservation and Research
  • Shows and Education   
  • Animal Management and Veterinary Medicine
  • Enrichment                              
  • Husbandry and medical training
30 minutes will be allotted for each paper presentation (20 minute presentation, 10 minute question/answer). Posters will be on display throughout the conference with time allotted to meet with the author.

If you would like to present a paper or poster, please send an abstract by October 1st, 2017 to:
Helen Dishaw
Vice President of IAATE
Phone: 585-278-6171 
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Electronic submissions are preferred. Please submit documents in Microsoft Word. Download a copy of our Conference Paper/Poster Presenters Guidelines, which includes detailed information on important deadlines, formatting submissions and an outline of expectations for presenters at out annual conference.

The Conference Committee evaluates and makes decisions on papers and posters accepted for presentation at our annual conference after the October 1 deadline. Successful presenters will be notified by November 1, 2017. Please check back after that date for a full line-up of papers and posters being presented at our 2018 conference.

ACTIVITIES

Most conference activities (unless otherwise noted) are covered in the full-registration fee. However, it is possible to sign-up for any activity a-la-carte at the conference itself. Prices for activities if NOT registering for the full conference are noted below each activity. Please note: you cannot pre-register for activities individually; this has to be done at the conference. Only full-registration can be made in advance.

Pre-conference Trip, Wednesday February 21

Please note: The pre-conference trip is NOT covered in the cost of registration. See below for details of cost and maximum participant information. The trip includes transportation and provided lunch.

Additional note - the pre-conference trip and the full-day workshop run concurrently - you cannot attend both.

Want to learn about something other than birds? No? Well, in case you change your mind, we have planned a pre-conference trip to the Georgia Aquarium. The Aquarium has more gallons of water than any other North American aquarium. Sitting in front of the gigantic glass wall of Ocean Voyager or watching the serene movements of the whale sharks, manta rays, and other enormous marine fishes is like nothing else you can even imagine. Not only is the view breathtaking, but it’s also the only place in the country where you can view manta rays or whale sharks. See the tidal waves crashing over Indonesian reefs, watch garden eels play hide-and-seek, marvel at the giant Japanese crabs, and watch the antics of the sea otters and penguins. This summer, the Aquarium was able to provide a home to several stranded California sea lions. Hopeful to have a really cool show up and running in the future, they currently showcase how far these animals have come and the amazing work these trainers have done with these non-releasable young individuals. You can get through the entire aquarium in a couple of hours, but you can just as easily take your time and make a whole day out of it.

Included with this pre-conference trip to the Aquarium is another amazing adventure, just steps across Centennial Olympic Park, at the World of Coca-Cola. At this beverage museum, learn about the history of Coca-Cola and its Atlanta roots. You’ll also learn about the origins of what is now the most recognized version of Santa Claus in the U.S. See bottles and cans from all around the world, taste drinks from every one of Coke’s regions, watch soda being bottled, and take home a free souvenir bottle of Coke! Want more? For a few dollars extra, you can walk two blocks to CNN Center and a take a backstage tour where you might get the chance to test out the powers of a green screen during a practice weather forecast.

Cost: $35
Limited to 50 participants.

 

Full-day Training Workshop, Wednesday February 21

Please note: This workshop is NOT covered in the cost of registration. All proceeds from this workshop go to the IAATE conservation fund. Reservations will be made on a first come, first serve basis. Space permitting, payment reserves your space. Note guides and certificates of completion will be provided for all attendees. This course is an outstanding preparation for the IATCB certification exam.
Note: For CPBT-KA - CEU’s will be available for attendance at this workshop.

A Comprehensive Course for Bird Trainers and Show Presenters

This workshop, presented by Steve Martin CPBT-KA, Past President of IAATE, is designed for all levels of training experience and includes the most contemporary information on the technology and scientific principals associated with training birds and other animals. Also included is empowering information on producing and presenting affective educational programs. Attendees may submit videos of their shows for evaluation during the workshop. The full-day course includes the following and more:

 Operant Learning Principles
     Understanding Reinforcement and Punishment
     Effective reinforcement strategies
     Schedules, rates, and value of reinforcement
     Alternatives to punishment

Clear, Honest, Communication 
     Prompts, cues, and bridging stimuli
     Problems with baiting
     Effective bridging strategies

Motivation
     Antecedent strategies to increase motivation
     Choice and control – empowering animals to maximize motivation
     LRS and behavioral momentum
     Weight and food management

Building Trusting Relationships With Animals

Creating High Performing Teams

Show Production and Presentation
     Message delivery
     Show structure
     Ethics – animal welfare, mixed messages
     Dealing with mistakes
     Species selection

Cost: $50 (all proceeds go to the IAATE conservation fund).
This workshop runs 8am - 5pm on Wednesday, February 22
Limited to 75 participants.

 

Workshops, Thursday and Friday PM, February 23 and 24

Reservations will be made on a first come, first serve basis. Space permitting, payment reserves your space. Workshops are NOT covered in the full-registration fee. IATCB CEU’s are also available for certified trainers.

This conference will offer three different workshops all at our conference hotel. All three workshops will be offered twice, on Thursday in the PM and again on Friday in the PM, requiring a choice between them.

Personal Passion and the Perfect Presentation: Making the Most Out of Every Interaction: Exhibit talks, animal encounters, and stage shows are some of the primary tools that many facilities use to help connect guests with the animals that we care for. But what information are we sharing in these interactions, and how are we presenting it? In this workshop, we will explore some concepts that can help us to take full advantage of every opportunity to take these interactions to the next level:

  • Moving beyond "Sharing = Caring"
  • To Script or Not to Script: Interactions "In the Now"
  • Strategies for Training Visitors
  • What does "The Perfect Presenter" look like?

This two hour workshop will be facilitated by Chris Jenkins, CPBT-KA, Chief Operating Officer, Natural Encounters, Inc.
Limited to 30 participants.
Cost: $10

Educating the Flock: How to combine the science of training and education to create cooperative learning.
Want to hone your education skills for zoo camps, outreach programs, zoo tours, shows and school presentations? We are emphasizing the 'E' in IAATE at this workshop! Learn how to promote collaborative and active learning, foster empowerment, adapt to various learning styles and utilize free educational technology. Attendees will go through various labs and hands on activities, while best practices are being modeled. Participants will take home an inquiry-based activity and lab lesson plans as well as educational bird related prizes!

This three hour workshop will be facilitated by IAATE Board Member, Mike Billington, CPBT-KA, and Kenny Coogan, CPBT-KA.
Limited to 30 participants.
Cost: $10

Engaging Enrichment: A workshop on how to enrich your birds and your guests simultaneously. Learn the art of extending visitor stay time while inspiring them to leave as stewards of your avian ambassadors. This three hour workshop will be facilitated by IAATE President, Robin Shewokis and IAATE Board Member, Dave Miller.
Limited to 30 participants.
Cost: $10

 

Workshops, Friday, February 24 (During Zoo Day)

Reservations will be made on a first come, first serve basis. Space permitting, payment reserves your space. Workshops are NOT covered in the full-registration fee. IATCB CEU’s are also available for certified trainers.

Raptor Care: Proper Restraint and Basic Coping Skills: Participants will have the opportunity for hands-on learning using cadaver raptors. This workshop will focus on basic restraint and coping techniques. Trainers with no or limited experience in coping and/or restraint of raptors will get the most out of this workshop for beginners.

This two hour workshop will be facilitated by Zoo Atlanta staff and will run from 9:30-11:30am.

Limited to 25 participants.
Cost: $20

 

Perching for Health and Welfare: In this hands-on workshop participants will get an overview of perching dos and don’ts in regards to keeping your birds’ feet healthy and minds active! After learning about the creativity and endless possibilities in perching options, attendees will get to practice skills building a variety of perches. If you drove to the conference you get to go home with your new creation! If you can’t get your perches home, the Birds and Programs Animals Department will put them to good use at Zoo Atlanta.

This two hour workshop will be facilitated by Zoo Atlanta staff and will run from 9:30-11:30am.

Limited to 25 participants.
Cost: $20

 

Icebreaker, Wednesday February 22

Covered in the cost of full-registration fee.

The Ramada Plaza Atlanta Downtown is where you’ll be resting your head and also where we’ll kick off the conference at the icebreaker. Atlanta has a huge comedy improv scene, and we’ll be treated to a show by Improv Road Show. You might even have a chance to practice some of your own newly-learned improv skills! We all know that will come in handy next time you have a bird sitting in a tree that should be sitting on your glove.  During the icebreaker, we’ll be raffling some great behind-the-scenes tour opportunities that can be used during Zoo Day, so bring your cash!

Cost if not registered for full conference: Member/Student: $65 Non-member: $85

 

Zoo Day, Friday February 24

Covered in the cost of full-registration fee.

We’ll keep you busy all day on Zoo Day.  If you participated in the raffle during the icebreaker, you might find yourself behind the scenes feeding a rhino or an elephant. Maybe you won a chance to feed a cassowary or meet a lemur. How about feeding a Sun Bear (Helarctos malayanus), tiger or Giant Otter (Pteronura brasiliensis)? If the weather cooperates, you might feed a giraffe or take a ride on the Endangered Species Carousel. More information will be made available about how you can be one of eight people who gets to meet and feed a Giant Panda (Ailuropoda melanoleuca). Take a tour of great ape areas, and get a glimpse of how Zoo Atlanta cares for the country’s largest zoological population of great apes. Or maybe you want to check out the behind-the-scenes reptile and amphibian Conservation Breeding Center. Be sure to catch one of Zoo Atlanta’s “Fantastic Flights Bird Show” in the World of Wild Theater presented by Georgia Natural Gas, and then get a behind-the-scenes look at how the zoo houses, trains, and manages bird show birds. If you’re really lucky, you might even get a photo with a Toco Toucan (Ramphastos toco) or Hooded Vulture (Necrosyrtes monachus).

During Zoo Day, Zoo Atlanta will host a hands-on workshop for skills practice in restraint of birds of prey, using a dremel to cope and trim beaks, and first aid on-the-go if you get into trouble while out on program. Another Zoo Day workshop, hosted by Zoo Atlanta, will be a great way to grow your skills and get those creative juices flowing when it comes to perching for bird health and welfare.  See the workshops section for more details.

Cost if not registered for full conference: Member: $40; Non-member: $60; Student: $30

 

Open Board Meeting, Friday February 24

Our Open Board Meeting will be held on Friday February 24 at Zoo Atlanta. Join your organization's Board to hear committee reports, financial updates, and general information about the business year in review as well as upcoming endeavors. This is your opportunity to stay updated on the business of your organization and ask any questions you many want answering. Lunch will be provided at this year's Open Board Meeting and we hope to see a full attending member turn out!

 

Banquet, Saturday February 25

Covered in the cost of full-registration fee.

The 2017 conference will wrap up in grand style at this year’s banquet. The banquet is a great time to recognize our fellow professionals and we do that with the annual awards ceremony. Also included at the banquet is our Photo Contest slide show and winners announcement. And get ready to find out where we are headed in 2017, as next year’s host delivers their fun announcement! Our banquet features a full dinner and a cash bar as well as the musical stylings of Leucine Zipper and the Zinc Fingers, a science rock group made up of Georgia Tech professors (the guitarist also works at the Zoo as Director of Research). Great food and great times are assured.

Cost if not registered for full conference: Member/Student: $100; Non-member: $120

 

Hospitality

This year’s hospitality suite is a large room, perfect for mingling. The hospitality suite presents great opportunities to share information and unwind after a long day of intense learning experiences. This is one of the best ways to share ideas and become inspired by your peers. Due to the limited eating establishments within close proximity, this year’s hospitality suite will feature a concessions stand during breakfast, lunch, and dinner times at which you will be able to purchase inexpensive meal options.

 

Raffles

Help support IAATE! You will be able to purchase tickets for raffle drawings held throughout the conference. We will once again have our Conservation Raffle during the banquet. If you would like to donate items, please bring them to the conference or mail them ahead of time.

If you are shipping packages, please ship to:

Zoo Atlanta
Attn: Rebecca Bearman (IAATE raffle)
800 Cherokee Avenue SE,  Atlanta, GA 30315

 

Conference Awards, Grants, and Contests

Don't forget to apply for an award, such as Behavior of the Year, and many others, or a Conservation or Education Grant. Deadlines for grant and award submissions vary. Please see below for deadlines. For the 2017 conference, awards and grant submissions will not be accepted at the conference. This is to allow the committees more time to consider each entry as well as edit video for the banquet awards presentation. Please adhere to the individual deadline! Please see our Awards & Grants section to download application forms and for updated details on how to apply. You can't win if you don't enter!

Conservation Grant Submission Deadline: December 1, 2016

Education Grant Submission Deadline: December 1, 2016 

Behavior Awards Submission Deadline: January 31, 2017

Photo Contest Submission Deadline: January 31, 2017

Enrichment Award Submission Deadline: Ongoing as part of the monthly challenge on Facebook. Please contact Enrichment Committee Chair, Bobby Brett, if you have any questions.

Please check back for our conference schedule.

 

 

REGISTRATION

Registration for the 2018 conference includes our paper sessions, icebreaker, banquet, and zoo day. Please note workshops, pre-conference trip, and night out have an additional cost associated and are available to sign up for on a first come, first served basis.

EARLY BIRD Registration (before Jan 1, 2018)

 Member $250
 Non-Member $350
 Student $195

Registration After Jan 1, 2018

 Member $275
 Non-Member $375
 Student $195

Activities with additional fees not covered in registration:

Full-day Training Workshop: $50
Pre-conference Trip:
Thursday and Friday PM Workshops: $10 each

Online Registration for our 2018 conference is not open yet. Please check back later. 

Waiver and Release

1.Only ONE registration form per person (please complete the process for each registrant by clicking on 'register another' at the summary of charges page in the online process).
2.Name and Affiliation should be listed as you would like it to appear on your name tag.
3.Membership must be current for 2018 to receive membership rates and proof of student status is required for student rate.
4.No refunds will be given after January 25, 2018.
5.A $25 cancellation fee is applicable to all cancelled registrations.
6.A position in a workshop is offered on a first come first serve basis. If space is filled a message will be displayed informing you that the workshop is full.


Although online registration is preferred if possible, if you wish to pay by check, or mail your registration, download the registration form (please check back later for the form - our registration is not open yet). Please fill out the required fields on your computer, print, and mail with your check to the address on the form.

2018 IAATE is at the Sheraton Redding Hotel at the Sundial Bridge

840 Sundial Bridge Drive, Redding CA, 96003
Phone coming soon

Our host hotel, The Sheraton Redding Hotel, is the chosen site for our California conference. The meeting space is well equipped for our presentations. During your stay you will be able to take advantage of: 

  • Free continental breakfast.
  • Free WiFi in guest rooms and meeting space.

We have secured the discounted rates of $135.00/single and $145/double per room.

The hotel will be holding a block of rooms for us until Tuesday, January 30, 2018. Reservations made after that date will be accepted on a space available and rate available basis. Check in time is 4:00 pm on the day of arrival. Check out time is 11:00 am on the day of departure. If early arrivals or late departures are necessary, please let the hotel know in advance and they will make every effort to accommodate.

If you are traveling by air, you will fly into the Redding International Airport. While there is no airport hotel shuttle, our conference location is just a 10 minute cab ride from the airport.

The Sheraton Redding at Sundial Bridge is situated near the Sacramento River in the heart of Turtle Bay Exploration Park. The hotel and adjacent restaurant have been thoughtfully designed to compliment the lush natural setting of the park and the world renowned Sundial Bridge. Guests of the hotel will be within steps of the signature restaurant, river cafe, Turtle Bay Museum, Paul Bunyan Forest Camp, Redding Convention Center and the McConnell Arboretum and Botanical Gardens. The Sheraton Redding at Sundial Bridge will provide gracious hospitality in an upscale but unpretentious setting that embraces the mission of Turtle Bay Exploration Park.

Hotel Details
- 130 Rooms, including six suites. 
- A large swimming pool withan outdoor jacuzzi. 
- 4,000 square foot Ballroom/Meeting Space with doors opening to the pool/patio area for evening events.  The ballroom can be divided into smaller rooms, and the entire ballroom can seat 270 people for a meal.
- 1,000 square foot workout room with a view of the pool and Paul Bunyan's Forest Camp (1st Floor).
- An enviable outdoor event location: A large garden/grass area on the west side of the hotel, ideal for weddings, craft fairs and art shows.
- An executive 1,200 square foot Starwood-preferred guest lounge (3rd Floor).
- Wi-fi access throughout the hotel, with full computer access in the lobby.

CONFERENCE SPONSORSHIP
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  1. 2019 Conference
  2. Keynote Speaker
  3. Papers
  4. Activities
  5. Schedule
  6. Registration
  7. Hotel
  8. Sponsors

27th ANNUAL INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE
ORLANDO 2019: Soarin' in the Sun
FEB 20-23, 2019
Hosted by Natural Encounters, Inc., Orlando FL

 

Dates to Remember

 

October 1, 2018       Paper/Poster Abstracts Submission Deadline

October 1, 2018       Conference Scholarship Application Submission Deadline

December 1, 2018    Education Grant Application Submission Deadline

January 1, 2019        Early Bird Registration Deadline

January 7, 2019        Conservation Grant Application Submission Deadline

January 25, 2019      All Mailed and Online Registrations Deadline

January 28, 2019      Hotel Guaranteed Rate Reservation Deadline

January 31, 2019      Award Submissions Deadline

January 31, 2019      Photo Contest Submission Deadline

 

 

Attention CPBT-KA! Earn CEUs

Our annual conference paper sessions and workshops are eligible for CEUs from IATCB (International Avian Trainer's Certification Board) necessary for maintaining your certification.

Credits available are as follows:

IAATE Annual Conference – 11 CEUs

IAATE Annual Conference Workshop - A Comprehensive Course for Bird Trainers and Show Presenters - 8 CEUs

IAATE Annual Conference Workshop – Equipment for the Bird of Prey: Paracord and its Uses – 2 CEUs

IAATE Annual Conference Workshop – Jumping Needle in a Haystack: Telemetry Guidelines for Success – 2 CEUs

IAATE Annual Conference Workshop – Enrichment: Exploring the Science of What we Provide – 2 CEUs

IAATE Annual Conference Workshop – Perching: Keeping it Safe, While Making it Fun – 2 CEUs

IAATE Annual Conference Workshop – Avian Basic First Aid and Triage – 2 CEUs

IAATE Annual Conference Workshop – Personal Passion and the Perfect Presentation: Making the Most Out of Every Interaction – 2 CEUs

IAATE Annual Conference Workshop – Techniques for Training Birds in Large, Mixed-species Aviaries – 2 CEUs

You will need to provide signed proof of attendance to IATCB to get these credits. Workshop leaders can sign the forms for any workshops you attend. Our Vice President can sign any general conference forms. So please bring forms with you to obtain necessary signatures.

 


 
Attention Certified Behavior Consultants! Earn CEUs
 
Our annual conference paper sessions and workshops are eligible for CEUs from IAABC (International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants) necessary for maintaining your certification.
 

Credits available are as follows:

IAATE Annual Conference General Session Thurs/Sat – 12 CEUs

IAATE Annual Conference Workshop - A Comprehensive Course for Bird Trainers and Show Presenters - 12 CEUs

IAATE Annual Conference Workshop – Equipment for the Bird of Prey: Paracord and its Uses – 3 CEUs

IAATE Annual Conference Workshop – Jumping Needle in a Haystack: Telemetry Guidelines for Success – 3 CEUs

IAATE Annual Conference Workshop – Enrichment: Exploring the Science of What we Provide – 3 CEUs

IAATE Annual Conference Workshop – Perching: Keeping it Safe, While Making it Fun – 3 CEUs

IAATE Annual Conference Workshop – Avian Basic First Aid and Triage – 3 CEUs

IAATE Annual Conference Workshop – Personal Passion and the Perfect Presentation: Making the Most Out of Every Interaction – 3 CEUs

IAATE Annual Conference Workshop – Techniques for Training Birds in Large, Mixed-species Aviaries – 3 CEUs

You will need to provide signed proof of attendance to IAABC to get these credits. Please contact IAATE Vice President - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. - for proof of attendance certificates. 


 
Walter Crawford Memorial Scholarship

Have you dreamed of attending our annual conference, but lack the funds to do so? If so, this scholarship might be the answer to your dreams! IAATE will once again award monies to eligible IAATE members to assist in funding attendance of our annual conference. This scholarship fund is limited, it is funded by the proceeds from our conference workshops of the previous year, and will be awarded only to applicants who meet eligibility requirements. The recipient of this scholarship will be determined by the IAATE Professional Development Committee. Download the scholarship application form from the link below!

Deadline for application submission for our 2019 conference is October 1, 2018.

Please send completed applications to Professional Development Committee Chair, email contact included on application form.

Note: While you must be an IAATE member to apply, there is no minimum membership time requirement, however, preference will be given to applicants who have been a member for more than one year.

We are excited to announce not one, but TWO, Keynote Speakers for 2018. 

On Thursday, February 21, we will be addressed by Dr. Mark Penning, Vice President of Disney's Animals Sciences and Environment.

On Friday, February 22, we will be addressed by Dr. Susan G. Friedman, PhD.

Dr. Mark Penning is the Vice President: Animals, Science and Environment for Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, overseeing animal care and environmental initiatives at the company’s parks and resorts around the world. Leveraging the meaningful field conservation initiatives supported by the company, his team shares inspirational stories and experiences of nature and animals with our theme park and resort Guests. His role includes oversight of the company’s use of animals in film and television from an animal welfare perspective, and ensuring the responsible portrayal of animals.

 

Mark is a veterinarian by training, and was born and raised in South Africa. He owned and operated a veterinary hospital and a wildlife relocation business in South Africa before joining Walt Disney Parks and Resorts six years ago. He specialized in the treatment of birds and reptiles, and has done surgical work in the field on lions, elephants and a host of other species. He previously served as CEO of the South African Association for Marine Biological Research (SAAMBR) based in Durban, South Africa, a non-profit organization dedicated to marine research and conservation. He has also served as President of the World Association of Zoos and Aquariums (WAZA) based in Switzerland.

Susan G. Friedman, Ph.D. is a professor emeritus in the Department of Psychology at Utah State University. Susan has co-authored chapters on behavior change in four veterinary texts, and her popular articles have been translated into 14 languages. She teaches courses and seminars on animal learning and consults with zoos around the world. Susan was appointed to the F&WS Condor Recovery Team from 2002 – 2010, after which time the team was retired due to the success of the birds in the wild. She is the Chairperson of the Scientific Advisory Committee of American Humane Association (AHA) Film and TV Unit, and a member of IAATE, ABAI, IAABC, and ABMA.

 

PAPERS AND POSTERS

CONFERENCE TRIPS, WORKSHOPS AND ACTIVITIES

Most conference activities (unless otherwise noted) are covered in the full-registration fee. However, it is possible to sign-up for any activity a-la-carte at the conference itself. Prices for activities if NOT registering for the full conference are noted below each activity. Please note: you cannot pre-register for activities individually; this has to be done at the conference. Only full-registration can be made in advance.

Pre-conference Trip to Disney's Animal Kingdom, Wednesday February 20

Please note: The pre-conference trip is NOT covered in the cost of registration. See below for details of cost and maximum participant information. The trip includes transportation and a snack bag.

Additional note - the pre-conference trip and the full-day workshop run concurrently - you cannot attend both.

This year’s pre-conference trip will take you right to the heart of why Orlando is the booming tourist location it has become: Disney World! Enjoy a day packed with amazing animal attractions, great rides, and more at the world-famous Disney’s Animal Kingdom! Over 1,700 animals from more than 250 species call Animal Kingdom home; you will have the entire day to explore the park and see as many of them as you can. Along with world class rides and animal trails, there are also shows for bird enthusiasts! Watch for entire flocks of macaws flying through the park as part of Winged Encounters: Kingdom Takes Flight. Make sure to also catch the newest show at the park, UP! A Great Bird Adventure. Both shows will have repeat performances throughout the day. But that’s not all, your conference hosts will be putting together some exciting behind-the-scenes activities and opportunities that will be available only to you as our delegates! We're so excited to show you why Disney's Animal Kingdom is an amazing park to visit and hope you join us for a wild day! 

Cost: $50 
Snack bag is provided.
Limited to 30 participants.

 

Full-day Training Workshop, Wednesday February 20

Please note: This workshop is NOT covered in the cost of registration. All proceeds from this workshop go to the IAATE Conservation Fund. Note guides and certificates of completion will be provided for all attendees. This course is an outstanding preparation for the IATCB certification exam. Note: For CPBT-KA - CEUs will be available for attendance at this workshop.

 

Special Topics for Contemporary Trainers

This workshop, presented by Steve Martin, and Dr. Susan G. Friedman, PhD, is designed for all levels of training experience and includes the most contemporary information on the technology and scientific principals associated with training birds and other animals. This is a “special topics” approach to provide  a deeper dive into the subject of  behavior change and will include the following presentations:

 

Susan Friedman:

Better Bridging: Why and How
Reducing Errors: Why and How
Function-based Interventions: Why and How
 
Steve Martin:
What “Expert Training” really looks like
The Art of Training
Video Examples / You be the Consultant

 

Cost: $75 (all proceeds go to the IAATE Conservation Fund).
This workshop runs 8am - 5pm on Wednesday, February 20
Lunch is provided.
Unlimited participation.
 

Workshops, Friday, February 22

Reservations will be made on a first come, first serve basis. Space permitting, payment reserves your space. Workshops are NOT covered in the full-registration fee. All proceeds from these workshops go to fund our Walt Crawford Memorial Scholarship. IATCB CEUs will also available for certified trainers.

This conference will offer four different workshops during Zoo Day at the NEI Ranch and three different workshops back at the hotel. Interested participants can choose to attend only one workshop per session.

During the Day at the NEI Ranch:

 

Equipment for the Bird of Prey: Paracord and its Uses: Leather and other natural materials have been used for hundreds of years to create falconry equipment for birds of prey. In modern times, there is a vast array of new materials, both synthetic and natural, now available for use. While we will discuss the pros and cons of many of these materials, this workshop will focus primarily on the use of parachute cord, and aims to provide attendees with the skills they need to create their own paracord jesses, extenders, and leashes. This two hour workshop will be facilitated by Amy Fennell, CPBT-KA, Supervisor, Natural Encounters, Inc.
Limited to 30 participants.
Cost: $20

Jumping Needle in a Haystack: Telemetry Guidelines for Success: Part of setting up for success in our animal presentations, is the aspect of keeping them safe. Obviously making sure they always come home is by far the most important behavior. Telemetry is being used more and more in our presentations every day and in this workshop we will explore some of the ways we can optimize our skillset in using the equipment available to us as well as how best to use it to ensure welfare.

  • Introduction to some of the equipment used at NEI.
  • How to scenarios on tracking and understanding the equipment.
  • Hands on practice in groups in outdoor setting.

This two-hour workshop will be facilitated by Jose Bello CPBT-KA and Scot Mangum CPBT-KA of Natural Encounters, Inc.

Limited to 30 participants.
Cost: $20
 

Enrichment: Exploring the Science of What we Provide: Often, we hear that it is essential to provide stimulating environments for the animals in our care. Professional organizations stress the importance of enrichment. For example, a formal enrichment program is listed in the welfare section for Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) accreditation, the International Association of Avian Trainers and Educators (IAATE) has an enrichment position statement, and the Animal Behavior Management Alliance (ABMA) lists enrichment in three of its ten core values. But why? What is the purpose of enrichment? How do we know it is even working? This  two-hour workshop delves into the science behind enrichment, explores its value, and examines methods use to record enrichment effectiveness, and will be facilitated by Daniel Blair CPBT-KA of Natural Encounters, Inc.
Limited to 30 participants.
Cost: $20

Perching: Keeping It Safe, While Making It Fun: Let's talk about everything you need to know about perching; ways to make it safe, and most importantly, making it fun for your animals! We will discuss types of perches and different ways to set them up in your enclosures. We will also discuss important things to keep in mind so the animals stay safe while using them. We will finish the workshop by practicing what you learned as you perch out a 6 foot x 8 foot enclosure. This two-hour workshop will be facilitated by Lisa Haggadone CPBT-KA, Senior Trainer at Natural Encounters, Inc.
Limited to 30 participants.
Cost: $20

 

During the Evening at the Hotel:

Avian Basic First Aid and Triage: Accidents happen. Be prepared with basic first aid and stabilization techniques when they do. Learn what supplies should be included in a basic avian first aid kit. During a trauma, shock can be deadly. Demonstrations on calculating and administration of fluid therapy (gavage and sub-cutaneous) and other stabilization methods will be discussed. Wing immobilization techniques and bandaging will be demonstrated. During the cadaver lab, participants will be able to practice these skills so when an accident happens, they will be prepared. This two hour workshop will be lead by IAATE Board Member Kit Lacy of Cascades Raptor Center.
Limited to 30 participants.
Cost: $20
 


Personal Passion and the Perfect Presentation: Making the Most Out of Every Interaction: Exhibit talks, animal encounters, and stage shows are some of the primary tools that many facilities use to help connect guests with the animals that we care for. But what information are we sharing in these interactions, and how are we presenting it? In this workshop, we will explore some concepts that can help us to take full advantage of every opportunity to take these interactions to the next level:

  • Moving beyond "Sharing = Caring"
  • To Script or Not to Script: Interactions "In the Now"
  • Strategies for Training Visitors
  • What does "The Perfect Presenter" look like?

This two hour workshop will be facilitated by Chris Jenkins, CPBT-KA, Chief Operating Officer, Natural Encounters, Inc.
Limited to 30 participants.
Cost: $20

Techniques for Training Birds in Large, Mixed-Species Aviaries: Training birds in large, mixed-species aviaries presents a number of challenges. This workshop will discuss a number of techniques trainers can use and how to apply them in a variety of environments. Participants will also have the opportunity to work together to develop training plans for the birds in their aviaries. This two hour workshop will be facilitated by IAATE Board member Catherine Vine CPBT-KA of the Philadelphia Zoo, and will feature IAATE President-elect Dave Miller from Disney’s Animal Kingdom as a guest speaker.Limited to 30 participants.
Cost: $20

 

Icebreaker, Wednesday February 21

Covered in the cost of full-registration fee.

Enjoy an evening of catching up with old friends and a chance to meet new ones. Our Icebreaker is always a great opportunity to make new contacts and meet fellow IAATE members and like-minded people. This year we will be mixing and mingling at our conference hotel and you can bet there will be fun games and interactive activities! Our Icebreaker also includes a delightful selection of hors d'oeuvres and a cash bar.

Cost if not registered for full conference: Member/Student: $65 Non-member: $85

 

Night Out, Thursday February 21

Covered in the cost of full-registration fee.

l-Spy on I-Drive Bar Crawl: As visitors to one of the top tourist destinations in the country, slap on your best tourist attire and join us for a night out on I-Drive for a bar crawl. This isn’t just any bar crawl, you snow birds will have to pack your binoculars and be on the lookout for birds as you imbibe libations at several of l-Drive’s happening spots. Like any good tourist, have your camera ready to snap a selfie with you and the birds you spy! Remarkable selfies will be collected and displayed at the Banquet! Get ready for a night of birds, brews, and booze. 

Zoo Day, Friday February 22

Covered in the cost of full-registration fee.

Zoo Day will be hosted at the Natural Encounters, Inc. Ranch facility in nearby Winter Haven. At the Ranch, you will be treated to a grand tour of the entire grounds.  Also on tap for the day will be several workshops with focus on BOP equipment, enrichment, telemetry, and perching. You will see training demonstrations with a variety of birds and might even get an up close photo of some of the more rare species housed here. Lunch will be provided to fuel your visit and provide a little R+ for all of your hard work at the conference so far.

Cost if not registered for full conference: Member: $40; Non-member: $60; Student: $30

 

Open Board Meeting, Friday February 22

Our Open Board Meeting will be held on Friday February 22 at the NEI Ranch. Join your organization's Board to hear committee reports, financial updates, and general information about the business year in review as well as upcoming endeavors. This is your opportunity to stay updated on the business of your organization and ask any questions you many want answered. Lunch will be provided at this year's Open Board Meeting and we hope to see a full attending member turn out!

 

Banquet, Saturday February 23

Covered in the cost of full-registration fee.

The 2019 conference will wrap up in grand style at this year's banquet. The banquet is a great time to recognize our fellow professionals and we do that with the annual awards ceremony. Also included at the banquet is our Photo Contest slide show and winners announcement. And get ready to find out where we are headed in 2020 as we unveil our next conference destination! Our banquet features a full dinner and a cash bar. Great food and great times are assured.

Cost if not registered for full conference: Member/Student: $100; Non-member: $120 

 

Hospitality

This year's hospitality suite is a large room, perfect for mingling. The hospitality suite presents great opportunities to share information and unwind after a long day of intense learning experiences. This is one of the best ways to share ideas and become inspired by your peers. 

 

Raffles

Help support IAATE! Money raised by our raffles goes to fund our Conservation and Education Grants. You will be able to purchase tickets for raffle drawings held throughout the conference. We will once again have our Conservation Raffle during the banquet. If you would like to donate items, please bring them to the conference or mail them ahead of time. 

If you are shipping packages, please ship to:

Lisa Haggadone
6602 Pot O Gold Lane
Orlando, FL 32809

 

Conference Awards, Grants, and Contests

Don't forget to apply for an award, such as Behavior of the Year and many others, or a Conservation or Education Grant. Deadlines for grant and award submissions vary. Please see below for deadlines. For the 2019 conference, awards and grant submissions will not be accepted at the conference. This is to allow the committees more time to consider each entry as well as edit video for the banquet awards presentation. Please adhere to the individual deadlines! Please see our Awards & Grants section to download application forms and for updated details on how to apply. You can't win if you don't enter!

Education Grant Submission Deadline: December 1, 2018

Conservation Grant Submission Deadline: January 7, 2019

Awards Submission Deadline: January 31, 2019

Photo Contest Submission Deadline: January 31, 2019

REGISTRATION

Registration for the 2019 conference includes our paper sessions, icebreaker, banquet, night out, and zoo day. Please note workshops and pre-conference trip have an additional cost associated and are available to sign up for on a first come, first served basis.

EARLY BIRD Registration (before Jan 1, 2019)

 Member $250
 Non-Member $350
 Student $195

Registration After Jan 1, 2019

 Member $275
 Non-Member $375
 Student $195

Activities with additional fees not covered in registration:

Full-day Training Workshop: $75
Pre-conference Trip: $50
Friday AM and PM Workshops: $20 each

Online Registration for our 2019 conference is now closed.

However, you can still register to attend the conference in person in Orlando. Our registration table will be open from 2pm to 6pm on Tuesday February 19, again from 8am to 5pm on Wednesday February 20, and throughout the conference thereafter. Prices and fees as listed above.


Waiver and Release

1.Only ONE registration form per person (please complete the process for each registrant by clicking on 'register another' at the summary of charges page in the online process).
2.Name and Affiliation should be listed as you would like it to appear on your name tag.
3.Membership must be current for 2019 to receive membership rates and proof of student status is required for student rate.
4.No refunds will be given after January 25, 2019.
5.A $25 cancellation fee is applicable to all cancelled registrations.
6.A position in a workshop is offered on a first come first serve basis. If space is filled a message will be displayed informing you that the workshop is full.

Although online registration is preferred if possible, if you wish to pay by check, or mail your registration, download the registration form (please check back later for the form). Please fill out the required fields on your computer, print, and mail with your check to the address on the form.

2019 IAATE is at the Wyndham Orlando Resort International Drive

8002 International Drive, Orlando FL 32819
(407) 351-2420

Our host hotel, The Wyndham Orlando Resort, is the chosen site for our Orlando conference. The meeting space is well equipped for our presentations. During your stay you will be able to take advantage of the full resort package – fee for which has been waived for our attendees, including in-room Wi-Fi and overnight parking.

Our hotel is located steps from Orlando’s perennially popular I-Drive and minutes from the Coca-Cola® Orlando Eye, Universal Orlando®, and Walt Disney World®, this idyllic tropical paradise of lush gardens, romantic lagoons, and sparkling pools offers endless opportunities for both relaxation and recreation. Convenient amenities make it easy to stay in or go out, including a shuttle to Universal Studios and SeaWorld®, ample parking, on-site dining options, two heated pools, a state-of-the-art fitness center with saunas and steam rooms, and in-room movies on a 40-inch flat screen TV.

Reservations
We have secured the discounted rates of $139.00 per room, regardless of single or double occupancy.

The hotel will be holding a block of rooms for us until Monday, January 28, 2019. Reservations made after that date will be accepted on a space available and rate available basis. Check in time is 4:00 pm on the day of arrival. Check out time is 11:00 am on the day of departure. If early arrivals or late departures are necessary, please let the hotel know in advance and they will make every effort to accommodate.

A dedicated website is now available for attendees of our conference to book hotel rooms online. Reservations can be made starting May 16, 2018 at this web address: https://book.passkey.com/e/49688300

Transportation to Hotel
If you are traveling by air, you will fly into the Orlando International Airport. The hotel is an approximate 15-20 minute drive from the airport. While there is no airport hotel shuttle, the hotel recommends Mears Transportation or Super Shuttle. You will have to reserve these ahead of time. Shuttles run approximately $20-25 per person. Alternately, you can take a cab, which typically run $55-70. And, of course, there is also the option of Uber or Lyft.

 

CONFERENCE SPONSORSHIP

The International Association of Avian Trainers and Educators, a 501c3 nonprofit, is committed to fostering communication, professionalism, and cooperation among individuals who work to increase awareness of avian conservation through training, public display, research, husbandry, conservation, and education. We are requesting your assistance in achieving our mission through a gift or in-kind donation. Your support will enable us to provide resources to improve education programming, animal care and training, and conservation of birds around the world.

We are honored to provide the following recognition for our conference sponsors and donors:

Parrot Pal: $100      

  • Company recognition in IAATE conference program
  • Company recognition in IAATE Flyer
  • Company recognition on IAATE website for one year

Owl Enthusiast: $250 

  • Company recognition in IAATE conference program
  • Company recognition in IAATE Flyer
  • Company recognition on IAATE website for one year
  • ¼ page advertisement in one issue of the IAATE Flyer
  • Sponsorship of one coffee break during conference with company logo displayed and verbal recognition

Falcon Friend: $500

  • Company recognition in IAATE conference program
  • Company recognition in IAATE Flyer
  • Company recognition on IAATE website for one year
  • ½ page advertisement in one issue of the IAATE Flyer
  • Company recognition on a sign or banner displayed throughout the conference
  • Company promotional items in delegate registration gift bag
  • Sponsorship of one day of networking in the hospitality suite during conference with company logo displayed and verbal recognition

 Eagle Conservator: $1000 

  • Company recognition in IAATE conference program
  • Company recognition in IAATE Flyer
  • Company recognition on IAATE website for one year
  • ½ page advertisement in one issue of the IAATE Flyer
  • Company recognition on a sign or banner displayed throughout the conference
  • Company items in delegate registration gift bag
  • Company verbally recognized during paper sessions
  • Sponsorship of one special event (Icebreaker, Night Out, Banquet) during conference with company logo displayed and verbal recognition
If you are interested in sponsoring or donating to the IAATE annual conference, please contact our Marketing and Development Committee Chair, Dave Miller This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

 

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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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