2022 IAATE Conference

  1. 2022 IAATE Conference
  2. Keynote Speaker
  3. Papers and Posters
  4. Activities
  5. Schedule
  6. Registration
  7. Hotel
  8. Sponsors

30th ANNUAL INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE
NEBRASKA 2022: 30 Years of Soaring to New Heights
March 9-12, 2022
Hosted by IAATE, Lincoln NE

Please note: At this time, the IAATE Board has decided to require proof of COVID-19 vaccination to attend the 2022 conference in person. We will also be requiring masks at indoor gatherings.

 

Dates to Remember

 

October 1, 2021       Paper/Poster Abstracts Submission Deadline

October 1, 2021       Walt Crawford Conference Scholarship Application Submission Deadline

January 1, 2022        Early Bird Registration Deadline

January 10, 2022      Education Grant Application Submission Deadline

January 10, 2022      Conservation Grant Application Submission Deadline

January 31, 2022       Behavior Showcase Video Submission Deadline

February 1, 2022      All Mailed and Online Registrations Deadline

February 14, 2022    Hotel Guaranteed Rate Reservation Deadline 

February 15, 2022     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. Please check back for a list of available 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 the 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. Please check back for a list of available 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!

The deadline for application submission for our 2022 conference is October 1, 2021.

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

KEYNOTE SPEAKER

 

Anne Lacy 
Senior Manager- North America Program
International Crane Foundation

Anne grew up in Madison, leaving to attend college in Eau Claire, Wisconsin. She received a B.A. in Psychology (1991) and returned to get a B.S. in Biology (1994). After working various jobs while taking graduate-level Geographic Information Systems courses at the University of South Carolina, Anne was accepted to the graduate program in Biology at the University of Minnesota-Duluth. After finishing coursework in Duluth in 2000, Anne accepted an internship at ICF, while also finishing her thesis.

After completion of her M.S., Anne accepted a full-time position at ICF as a research associate in the Field Ecology Department (now the North America Program), working on an ongoing long-term study of sandhill cranes. She added the Whooping Crane work in 2009, joining the Whooping Crane Reintroduction Project to study the ecology of the newly reintroduced population in Wisconsin.

 




 

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 (space permitting). 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, including activities.

 

Advanced Training Skills Workshop, Wednesday, March 9

Please note: This workshop is NOT covered in the cost of registration. All proceeds from this workshop go to the IAATE Conservation Fund. CEUs for certified trainers and consultants from IATCB and IAABC will be available for attendance at this workshop.

This workshop will be presented by Steve Martin, President and CEO of Natural Encounters, Inc.

These days everyone’s training. But there are different levels of training competency that separate the average trainer from the expert trainer. This workshop goes far beyond the “bridge-reinforce” mentality to explore the fine details of some of the most important aspects of expert training. Attendees at this workshop will leave with an understanding of critical aspects of expert training, including, fading prompts, empowering animals with control, extraordinary antecedent arrangement, creating trusting relationships with animals (including the human animals on your team), and much more.

Cost: $75 (all proceeds go to the IAATE Conservation Fund).
This workshop runs 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM on Wednesday, March 9
Lunch is provided.
Unlimited participation.

 

Icebreaker, Wednesday, March 9

Covered in the cost of the 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

  

Conference Trips, Thursday, March 10

Please note: The cost of trips is NOT covered in the full registration fee. See below for details of cost and maximum participant information. 

Additional note - the two trips run concurrently - you cannot attend both.

Sandhill Cranes

Join us for our special trip to see one of the avian spectacles of the world! Each spring, something magical happens In Nebraska when more than 80 percent of the world’s population of sandhill cranes converge on Nebraska’s Platte River valley. The spring migration population of sandhill cranes in the Central Nebraska Flyway is estimated at 650,000. This year's Keynote Speaker and Sandhill Crane expert field biologist, Anne Lacy, of the International Crane Foundation will lead us on a trip to experience this incredible spectacle of nature! Be sure to pack some snacks and wear warm comfortable clothes and shoes appropriate for the climate in Nebraska in March... and don't forget those binoculars and cameras!

Please be aware the bus ride out to view the cranes is approximately 2-hours. We have a luxury motor coach to take us there and back, but it is a longer trip than our usual excursions.

Cost: $50 
Limited to 50 participants.
The trip will depart from the hotel at 1:00 PM and return to the hotel at ~8:00 PM. Cost includes transportation and admission to the park.

 

Lincoln Children's Zoo

Details coming soon!

Cost: $15 
Unlimited participation.
The trip will depart from the hotel at 1:00/1:30 PM and return to the hotel at 5:00/5:30 PM. Cost includes transportation to and from the zoo and admission into the zoo.

 

Workshops, Friday, March 11

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. CEUs for certified trainers and consultants will be available from IATCB and IAABC.

This conference will offer three different workshops during the morning of Friday, March 11 at our conference hotel. Interested participants can choose to attend only one workshop as they run concurrently.

 

Making it Easy: Training Fundamentals 

Have you ever walked into a session ready with a training plan and then discovered that putting theory into practice is harder than it looks? You know exactly when to bridge, but you fumble the reinforcer on delivery. You know what approximations to make during crate training, but it’s such an awkward set up in the environment you have available. You have exactly the same scale that you’ve seen at other centers, but your bird won’t come anywhere near it. Why is everything so hard? 

If this sounds familiar, you aren’t alone. Come join us at a workshop designed to make the fundamentals easier for both you and your animals. Practice important mechanics, train your eye to seek out easy antecedent changes that improve comfort and efficiency, and help make sure the most important basic behaviors (stationing, recall, weighing, crating, etc.) are also the easiest ones --mentally and physically-- for you and your birds.

Limited to 30 participants

This two-hour workshop will be facilitated by Amy Fennell, CPBT-KA, Supervisor, Natural Encounters, Inc.
Limited to 30 participants.
Cost: $20

Free Flight 

Details coming soon!

Limited to 30 participants

This two-hour workshop will be facilitated by Arianna Bailey, CPBT-KA, Show Manager, Natural Encounters, Inc.
Limited to 30 participants.
Cost: $20

 

Behavioral Enrichment: Working Together for Better Welfare Through Enrichment

Animal care is a team effort and as the saying goes, “It takes a village.” The same is true with designing, implementing, and evaluating behavioral enrichment for your collection. Behavioral enrichment is an important cog in the animal care machine and plays a part in all aspects of your animals’ care, for example, in diet delivery, exhibit design, social groups, and training goals. The best way to increase our animals’ welfare is to come together, share information, and make sure these animals are set up for behavioral success.

Our common goal is to make sure our animals are given opportunities to behave the way they were meant to behave, experience new things, and freedom to make choices. If you are looking to start an enrichment program, re-vamp your program, come up with fresh enrichment ideas, or just have some fun making stuff, then I encourage you to come to this behavioral enrichment workshop where we will work and grow together to better our birds’ lives.

This two-hour workshop will be facilitated by Christina O'Donnell, Philadelphia Zoo
Limited to 30 participants.
Cost: $20

 

Roundtables, Friday, March 11

Covered in the cost of the full registration fee.

This conference will offer three different roundtable discussions during the evening of Friday, March 11 at our conference hotel. Interested participants can choose to attend only one roundtable as they run concurrently. This year's topics for group discussion will be:

Burnout and Compassion Fatigue
Raptor Culture Change
Food Management and Weight Management

 

Open Board Meeting, Saturday, March 12

Our Open Board Meeting will be held on Saturday, March 12 during our presentations day. 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 may want to be answered. 

 

Banquet, Saturday, March 12

Covered in the cost of the full registration fee.

The 2022 conference will wrap up in grand style at this year's banquet. The banquet is a great time to recognize our fellow professionals through our High Flyer and Service Awards and celebrate a successful conference. Included at the banquet is our Photo Contest slide show and winners 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: $100; Non-member: $120 

 

Hospitality

This year's hospitality suite is a large suite at our conference hotel, 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:

JoHanna Lamphier
3415 Q St.
Lincoln, NE 68503

Be sure to mark your package "IAATE raffle" so we know that is what it is for!

 

Conference Grants and Contests

Don't forget to submit your photos to our Photo Contest as well as your videos for our Behavior Showcase and or apply for a Conservation or Education Grant. Deadlines for grant and contest submissions vary. Please see below for deadlines. For the 2022 conference, grant submissions will not be accepted after the deadline. This is to allow the committees adequate time to consider each entry. Please adhere to the individual deadlines! Please see our Awards & Grants webpage to download application forms and for updated details on how to apply. You can't win if you don't apply!

Education Grant Submission Deadline: January 10, 2022

Conservation Grant Submission Deadline: January 10, 2022

Behavior Showcase Video Submission Deadline: January 31, 2022

Photo Contest Submission Deadline: February 15, 2022

SCHEDULE

REGISTRATION

Registration for the 2022 conference includes our paper sessions, icebreaker, banquet, roundtables, and our hospitality suite networking opportunity. Please note workshops and conference trips have an additional cost associated and are available to sign up for on a first-come, first-served basis.

Due to the success of our virtual conference in 2021, this year we will offer a hybrid conference whereby it is possible to attend in person or virtually. Please note, the virtual conference attendance includes only the paper sessions; it does not include our icebreaker, banquet, workshops, roundtables, or hospitality suite experience. 

 

Please note: At this time, the IAATE Board has decided to require proof of COVID-19 vaccination to attend the 2022 conference in person. We will also be requiring masks at indoor gatherings.

 

EARLY BIRD In Person Online Registration (before Jan 1, 2022)

 Member $265
 Non-Member $365
 Student $200

Registration After Jan 1, 2022

 Member $290
 Non-Member $390
 Student $200

Activities with additional fees not covered in registration:

Full-day Training Workshop: $75
Sandhill Crane Viewing Trip: $50
Lincoln Children's Zoo Trip: $15
Friday Workshops: $20 each

 

VIRTUAL Registration

 Member $100
 Non-Member $165 (includes a one-year membership to IAATE)

Note: Virtual registration includes live broadcast of our paper sessions on Thursday AM, Friday PM, and all-day Saturday. It does not include any other conference activities.

Online Registration for our 2022 conference is not open yet. Please check back.


Waiver and Release

1. Only ONE registration form per person (please complete the process for each registrant by clicking on 'register another' on the summary of charges page in the online process).
2. Name and Affiliation should be listed as you would like them to appear on your name tag.
3. Membership must be current for 2022 to receive membership rates and proof of student status is required for the student rate.
4. No refunds will be given after February 1, 2022.
5. A $25 cancellation fee is applicable to all canceled registrations.
6. A position in a workshop is offered on a first-come, first-served 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.

CONFERENCE HOTEL

Embassy Suites by Hilton Lincoln
1040 P Street,
Lincoln, NE 68508
(800) 362-2779

Our host hotel, the Embassy Suites by Hilton Lincoln, is the perfect site for IAATE members to connect and create innovative and inspirational ideas. Located right in the heart of Downtown Lincoln, the hotel is close to a variety of shops, eateries, and attractions. The meeting space for our conference is well equipped for presentations and all our typical conference activities. Relaxed suites offer kitchenettes, 2 flat screens, and free WiFi for our group, along with custom-designed beds and living areas with pull-out sofas. Cooked-to-order breakfast and evening appetizers served in the atrium are free. A casual grill and bar serve American dishes. Other amenities include an indoor pool, a whirlpool, and a gym.

We have secured the discounted rate of $159.00 for single/double occupancy; $174 for triple occupancy; $189 for quadruple occupancy. The hotel will be holding a block of rooms for us until February 14, 2022. The special rate and room availability are only guaranteed for the dates of February 13-19. Please notify the hotel immediately if your travel plans change.

To make reservations, call 1-800-362-2779. Please be sure to mention your affiliation with IAATE when making your reservation.

Or register online at our dedicated registration link: https://www.hilton.com/en/book/reservation/deeplink/?ctyhocn=LNKESES&groupCode=CESIAA&arrivaldate=2022-03-07&departuredate=2022-03-13&cid=OM,WW,HILTONLINK,EN,DirectLink&fromId=HILTONLINKDIRECT

If you are flying into the conference, make your airline reservations for Lincoln Municipal Airport. It’s a short 5-mile drive from the airport to our hotel and there is a free shuttle.

PLEASE NOTE: Due to the unpredictability of the COVID-19 situation, we recommend all flights are booked with insurance to cover in the event of the need to cancel travel plans.

If you plan to drive to Lincoln, please be aware there is a fee of $11.25 per day to park your car at the hotel.

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 the 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
  • Sponsorship of one day of networking in the hospitality suite during the 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 verbally recognized during paper sessions
  • Sponsorship of one special event (Icebreaker, Night Out, Banquet) during the 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, Jon SperoThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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

 

 

The International Association of Avian Trainers and Educators

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

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

 

 

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