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From February 12-17, 2018 you can learn all about how to make informed decisions regarding the future of avian collections.
Avian Management, Biology and Conservation will enhance your effectiveness as a manager of an avian collection or program. A major goal of the class is to teach critical thinking techniques that leads 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.
This course is targeted toward bird keepers, keepers who need to gain experience with bird husbandry, and professional managers of 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.
There are no required prerequisites for this course. Priority will be given to individuals associated with AZA accredited institutions, but volunteers and private aviculturalists are welcome to 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.
Early Bird Rates:
$875 for AZA Individual Members
$975 for Non-members
Registration deadline: 12 weeks prior to course start date
$975 for AZA Individual Members
$1075 for Non-members
Final registration deadline: 4 weeks prior to course start date
If you would like more information regarding the class, please see the course website at www.aza.org/avian-management-biology-conservation or contact Hannah Bailey with questions.
SPACES WILL BE LIMITED as PRIORITY WILL BE GIVEN TO THOSE ON THE WAITLIST FROM 2017.
Due to the large wait list from this past year’s course, the ATAG is happy to announce an interim offering of Amphibian Management School (AMS) for February 26 – March 2, 2018, once again hosted by the Detroit Zoo. This hands-on learning experience focuses on the latest in basic husbandry techniques, exhibit design, support for regional conservation programs, and effective conservation messaging in a zoo or aquarium collection. Participants will learn not only about amphibian husbandry, but also how to connect with conservation projects, breeding program management, enrichment basics, amphibian health fundamentals, and more to improve amphibian management at their institutions and impact amphibians globally. Under guidance of the Amphibian Taxon Advisory Group (ATAG), AMS provides knowledge about amphibians and skills for managing these sensitive species in captivity that are essential for anyone working directly with amphibians in a zoo, aquarium, conservation, or research settings. AMS is ideal for novice to moderate amphibian zoo keepers, animal health, research or education staff who need more training on handling and husbandry of amphibians, and representatives of nature centers and natural history museums or science centers with limited amphibian experience. Course includes field trip to look for wild mudpuppies!
For budgeting purposes, course fees are $600 (AZA individual members) or $700 (non-AZA member) if registered by the Early bird date of November 15, 2017. Lodging will be ~$100/night.
Scholarship funding is available through the following competitive processes:
In partnership with Zoo Conservation Outreach Group's (ZCOG) Conservation Training Scholarship Program, AZA's Professional Development Committee is pleased to offer a scholarship for our international zoo, aquarium, and conservation community colleagues. Deadline is 5:00PM EST on July 14th. Instructions at:
This hands-on learning experience taught by experts focuses on numerous aspects of amphibian field research techniques. Participants will be in the field every day of the course, learning how to design their own field project, identifying amphibians, installing/checking traps, participating in disease and eDNA sampling. Course will include field trips to many wetlands to sample for a variety of amphibians from Spotted Salamanders to Dwarf Waterdogs and hopefully Pine Barrens Treefrogs.
This course is ideal for individuals with novice to moderate knowledge of amphibians and/or research techniques. This course is designed for a variety of professions from zoo keepers, veterinarians, academics, and professional biologists who are interested in beginning or expanding upon field work with amphibians.
None. Priority will be given to AZA members, but researchers, students, land managers and private herpetologists are welcome to 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.
Budget, dates and basic course information are available now online. Registration for the course will begin on September 1, 2017.