Amy Fennell, Supervisor of Training, Natural Encounters, Inc. Florida, USA
Amy began working professionally with animals in 1999 at a companion animal hospital before getting her start with both birds of prey and environmental education at the University of Guelph’s Wild Bird Clinic and continued her work at the Mountsberg Raptor Centre, focusing on environmental education with non-releasable native birds of prey. As Raptor Centre Lead, she additionally acted as a Program Director for the Eastern Loggerhead Shrike Recovery Program, as well as managing and training a variety of wildlife, including insectivorous bats, reptiles, and amphibians. She joined Natural Encounters, Inc. in 2014 and has worked on mixed species free-flight projects in Illinois, Indiana, Texas, Arizona, and Florida. Amy is a certified professional bird trainer (CPBT-KA), the Chair of the IAATE Professional Development Committee, and is about to start her second term as a general board member. She is always looking forward to the next great avian adventure!