Avian Management, Biology and Conservation

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Hosted by
Oglebay Resort
Wheeling, WV 
February 8-13, 2016 

Avian Management, Biology and Conservation will enhance your effectiveness as a bird keeper and avian program leader.  A major goal of the class is to teach critical thinking techniques that lead to informed decisions regarding the future of avian collections. Students will be given a variety of tools, techniques and best practices to provide a foundation for understanding and meeting current challenges in avian management.

Course Objectives

  • Train potential avian managers how to create a successful program that addresses both the care standards for avian species and the development of conservation programs.   
  • Provide processes and techniques to manage bird collections on a broader scale than one species or taxa.  
  • Provide a common base of knowledge to the next generation of managers in an efficient way 
  • Provide a mechanism to educate managers on avian welfare. 
  • Provide a wealth of knowledge and resources to small institutions who may not have the expertise required to effectively manage a diverse collection. 

Is This Course Right For You?

This course is targeted toward bird keepers, keepers who need to gain experience with bird husbandry, and professional managers at zoos, aquariums, nature centers, aviaries, wildlife agencies and related organizations who are interested in management of an avian collection or program. Facilities with a single broad taxonomic animal manager will benefit from the techniques and processes provided in the course.


Joe Barkowski, Vice President of Animal Conservation & Science - Tulsa Zoo
Hannah Bailey, Curator of Birds - Houston Zoo
Bruce Bohmke, Chief Operations Officer - Woodland Park Zoo
Patty McGill, Vice President, Conservation & Education - Dallas Zoo
Scott Newland, Curator of Birds - Sedgwick County Zoo
Cindy Pinger, Curator of Birds - Birmingham Zoo


None.  Priority will be given to individuals associated with AZA accredited institutions, but volunteers and private aviculturalists may also attend.  International applicants and those not affiliated with an AZA accredited institution will be considered on a case-by-case basis;  please submit a letter describing your intended benefit from taking this course to azatraining@aza.org for consideration.  

Course Registration & Travel

Tuition & Expenses 

 The AZA registration fee above covers only tuition for the course. Other expenses include hotel, travel, and meals. For more information about costs and logistics for courses hosted by Oglebay Resort in Wheeling, WV, visit our Wheeling Courses Travel Information page. 

Scholarship funding is available through a competitive process. 

Early Bird Rates:
$850 for AZA Individual Members
$950 for Non-members

Regular Rates:
$950 for AZA Individual Members 
$1050 for Non-members 

Early bird registration deadline: 12 weeks prior to course start date
Final Registration deadline: 4 weeks prior to course start date

To pay by credit card:
You can now register and pay online with a credit card! Just log in to our new website. Non-members can log in too after creating an account. After logging in, choose "Upcoming Events" from the menu on the left. Next, click on the title of the event for which you would like to register. Finally, choose "Event Registration" from the options at the top and complete the registration process. When registering online, there is no need to submit the registration form.      

To pay by check or purchase order: 
Download the AMBC COURSE REGISTRATION FORM and return by mail with check or purchase orderChecks sent for course payment will be cashed immediately upon receipt as per standard business practices.  Cashing your check does not indicate that you have been accepted into a course. You will receive an acceptance email or wait list email once acceptance decisions are made. 

Travel & Accommodations

Pittsburgh International Airport (PIT) is the closest airport. Airport Limousine Plus and First Class Limo provide a shuttle service between PIT and the hotel.

Course participants stay at Oglebay Resort & Conference Center in Wheeling, West Virginia and classes meet on-site.

Please wait until you are admitted into the course before making your reservations. You will receive an email containing detailed information regarding your accommodations and transportation once you are admitted.

Course Schedule

4:30-6:30 PM - Student registration
5:00-6:30 PM - Dinner buffet open
6:40-7:30 PM - Opening ceremony
7:30-9:00 PM - Courses meet for individual opening session/class

Tuesday through Saturday
Classes meet all day

9:00-4:00 - Classes meet
4:00-5:00 PM - Social and Silent Auction 
5:00-5:30 PM - Closing Ceremony


For additional details please contact the AZA Professional Development Department or call (301) 562-0777 ext 251.