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Avian Management, Biology and Conservation Workshop, AZA

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February 3-8, 2014

Oglebay Resort

Wheeling, WV


Course Description


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.



Tuition & Expenses


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


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.




Target Audience


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.





None. 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.



Course Registration


Checks 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.


If you have any questions about your acceptance status, or for additional details please contact the AZA Professional Development Program Manager or call (301) 562-0777.



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 Topics & Instructors


History of Avian Collections

Collection Planning




Reproductive Management

Behavioral Management

Avian Health and Nutrition




Joe Barkowski, Curator of Birds - Tulsa Zoo & Living Museum

Hannah Bailey, Curator of Birds - Houston Zoo

Bruce Bohmke, Deputy Director - Woodland Park Zoo

Patty McGill, Center Manager - Texas Audubon Society

Chelle Plasse, Curator of Birds - Disney’s Animal Kingdom

Pat Witman, Animal Care Manager - San Diego Zoo



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.

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