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2011 Mid-Year Proceedings
Chattanooga, TN - March 2011


Improving Breeding Success for Captive Caribbean Flamingos
Kate Lyngle-Cowand, Riverbanks Zoo

A Survey of Recent Husbandry and Breeding Techniques of Curassows at the Houston Zoo
Rene Ryan, Houston Zoo (2011 Grant Recipient)

Tools for Sustainability
Lynch, Snyder, Branch, Mace, Myers, Reininger, Webster, Hallager, Bell

Managing a South American Passerine Population in the Largest Spherical Rainforest Exhibit in the World
Victoria McCloskey, Steinhart Aquarium (2011 Grant Recipient)

Treating Cracks and Preventing Bumblefoot in Chilean Flamingos
Stacy Cornish, Lee Richardson Zoo (2011 Grant Recipient)

A tale of two penguins: case studies of aspergillosis in a Humbolt penguin (Spheniscus humboldti) and a gentoo penguin (Pygoscelis papua)
Amanda Ista, Milwaukee County Zoo


Professional Development: Introduction
Roger Sweeney, Virginia Zoo

Avian Egg Incubation Workshop: a work in progress . . .
Susie Kasielke, Los Angeles Zoo

The Differences and Similarities of Creating Staff Development Plans at Two Institutions
Tim Snyder, Brookfield Zoo

Efforts to solve the big problems of little birds
Robert Webster, Toledo Zoo

Professional Development starts at home – what are YOU doing?
Joe Barkowski, Sedgwick County Zoo

If I knew then what I know now
Diane Olsen, Moody Gardens

Home Grown From A Mentoring Tree
Eric Reese, Sea World Orlando

Training at the San Diego Zoo’s Avian Propagation Center
Pat Witman, San Diego Zoo


Cape Vulture Uric Acid Study and Health Assessment
Tracy Thessing, Roxanna Breitigan, Cheyenne Mountain Zoo

Conservation projects at Knoxville Zoo
Mark Armstrong, Knoxville Zoological Society

Caribbean Flamingo Conservation in the Yucatan
Brittney Hufford, Denver Zoo
Kate Lyngle-Cowand, Riverbanks Zoo

Conservation and Research Opportunities of Local Waterfowl in New York City
Chuck Cerbini, Central Park Zoo

Partnering in local avian conservation programs
Tom Schneider, Detroit Zoo

Maleo Conservation: In-situ and ex-situ
Nancy Clum, Wildlife Conservation Society

Mississippi Sandhill Crane Project
Lee Schoen, Audubon Institute

Socorro dove (Zenaida graysoni)
Peter Shannon, Albuquerque Zoo

Whooping Cranes: A Partnership Takes Flight
Operation Migration and Disney’s Animal Kingdom

The Ostrich Recovery Project in Niger
Scott Tidmus, Disney Animal Kingdom
Sara Hallager, National Zoo

Mariana Avifauna Conservation Program
Kate Karagiannis, St Louis Zoo
Ellen Gorrell, Toledo Zoological Gardens

Sahara Conservation Fund
Scott Tidmus, Disney Animal Kingdom
Sara Hallager, National Zoo

Captive Breeding and Reintroduction of Golden Eagles
Kevin Mollahan, Topeka Zoo

Wading Bird Conservation at the St. Augustine Alligator Farm Zoological Park
Gen Anderson, St. Augustine Alligator Farm Zoological Park


Pigeons and Doves an historical perspective
Robert Webster, Toledo Zoo

ColTAG Program Species Species Status – Private Aviculture
Gary Michaels, Louisville Zoo

Fruit Doves and Pigeons
Lynn Hall, Exotic Endeavours

Pigeon & Dove Propagation at the San Diego Zoo and Disney’s Animal Kingdom
Pat Witman, San Diego Zoo
Chelle Plasse, Disney's Animal Kingdom

Managing Fruit Doves
Jo Gregson, Paignton Zoo

Is it still a program animal if it’s sitting on a guests head?
Sherry Branch, Sea World Orlando

Adventures in Columbid Medicine
Tracy L Clippinger, San Diego Zoo

Comparative Crop Milk Composition in Granivorous and Frugivorous Columbidae
Mike Maslanka, Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute
Mike Power, American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists
Rob O’Malley, University of Southern California
Herb Roberts, Memphis Zoo

In studbooks….no one can hear you scream: importance of documenting and monitoring flock populations
Coral Goad, Disney’s Animal Kingdom
Chad Comer, Blank Park Zoo

EAZA Pigeon and Dove TAG Update
Jo Gregson, Paignton Zoo