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2017 Mid-Year Proceedings
Alburquerque, NM: 26-31 March 2017

Avian Scientific Advisory Group – Hand-rearing Workshop 2017

Brooder Room Basics:  Part Two
Nicole LaGreco, San Diego Zoo

Preparing Passerine Chicks for in situ Life
Jo Gregson, Paignton Zoo Environmental Park

Avian Pediatrics:  What’s Your Diagnosis?
Dr. Meg Sutherland‐Smith, San Diego Zoo

Maximum Lorikeets, Minimum Overtime
Colleen Lynch, Riverbanks Zoo & Garden

Hand-rearing Birds:  An Essential Skill for Conservation
  Video 1: Mangrove Finche Project - Charles Darwin Foundation
  Video 2: Kakapo Chick Hand-rearing
  Video 3: Mangrove Finch - First Meal
  Video 4: Piping Plover Release
Beau Parks, San Diego Zoo

Psittacine Pediatrics & the Art of Hand-rearing a Normal Parrot
Gen Anderson, Saint Augustine Alligator Farm Zoological Park

Hand-rearing Starlings
  Video 1: Hand-rearing Starlings - Normal Fecal Sac
Nicole LaGreco, San Diego Zoo

Hand-raising Waterfowl:  The Science is in the Setup
Dustin Foote, Sylvan Heights Bird Park

Hand-rearing Raptors: Techniques We Use Most at ICBP and Why
Holly Cale, International Centre for Birds of Prey

Hand and Foster-rearing Pheasants & Curassows
Chris Holmes, Houston Zoo

Husbandry Practices for Hand‐reared Cranes
Kim Boardman, International Crane Foundation

Parenting Prairie Poultry:  Rearing Attwater's Prairie Chickens for Release
Hannah Bailey, Houston Zoo

Raising Shorebirds:  Experiences at Sylvan Heights
Dustin Foote, Sylvan Heights Bird Park

Penguin Hand-rearing Overview
Laurie Conrad, SeaWorld San Diego

Avian Scientific Advisory Group –
Success & the Failures that Helped Create them Workshop 2017

A Large Flock of Male Taveta Golden Weavers at Disney's Animal Kingdom Continue to Build Nests in the Absence of Females
Andrew Alba, Disney's Animal Kingdom

Brail Use as an Alternative to Wing Amputation for a Caribbean Flamingo
Gary Hartlage, Henry Vilas Zoo

Technology to Manage Avian Collections:  Photo Evidence of Husbandry Downfalls
  Video 1: Male Feeding Chick
  Video 2: Bay-headed Tanager Feeding Chick
Deb Dial, National Aquarium

The Corytheola cristata Chronicles:  Trials and Successes of Hand-rearing Great Blue Turacos
  Video 1: Great Blue Turacos Feeding Chicks
Quinton Pyle, Avian keeper 2, Nashville Zoo

First Time Rehabilitation of the Western Snowy Plover at the Santa Barbara Zoo
Rachel Ritchason, Santa Barbara Zoo

Fun with Firefinches
Josef Lindholm, Tulsa Zoo