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 - conference@iaate.org - 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

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.

A Comprehensive Course for Bird Trainers and Show Presenters

This workshop, presented by Steve Martin CPBT-KA, Past President of IAATE, 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. 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: $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 open. Click HERE to register.

Online registration is recommended, nevertheless once registration is officially open you will be able to download a pdf version of our registration form here.

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.

 

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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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