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2014 Mid-Year Proceedings
Memphis, TN: 22-28 March 2014

TAG Updates:

Ratite TAG
       Sahara Conservation Fund
       Care for Karamoja - Sheri Horiszny, Santa Barbara Zoo
Raptor TAG
       Andean Condor SSP & Colombian Reintroduction Program - Michael Mace
       San Diego Zoo
Anseriformes TAG
Charadriiformes TAG
PACCT TAG
Coraciiformes TAG
       Guam Micronesian Kingfisher Update - Aliza Baltz, Philadelphia Zoo
       Captive Management, Stress, and Reproduction in the Guam Micronesian
       Kingfisher - Andrew Alba, University of Missouri
       Ground Hornbill Genetic Material Request - Lucy Kemp, Mabula Ground
       Hornbill Project
Penguin TAG
       Penguin Population Viability Analysis - Lisa Faust, PMC
Parrot TAG
Turaco/Cuckoo TAG
Columbiformes TAG
Gruiformes TAG
       African Crane Trade Project - Cynthia Gitter, International Crane Foundation
       
Crane Sustainability Model
       Wattled Crane - Fred Beall, Zoo New England
       Whooping Crane Project - Pautexant
Ciconiiformes TAG

Avian Welfare Workshop:

The use of PVA to Examine Relationships Between Flight Restriction and
Population Sustainability - Colleen Lynch, Riverbanks Zoo

ASAG's New Flight Restriction Guidelines; Results of 2104 Flight Restriction
Survey - Sara Hallagar, Smithsonian National Zoo

Avian Egg Euthanasia - Susie Kasielke, Los Angeles Zoo

Topics in Applied Avian Nutrition - Mike Maslanka, Smithsonian National Zoo

Understanding and Managing Avian Bumblefoot - Dr. Ann Duncan, Detroit Zoo

Cassowary Procedures at the Birmingham Zoo: How to Maximize the Success and Minimize the Stress by Thinking Inside the Box - Cindy Pinger, Birmingham Zoo

Here Birdy, Birdy, Birdy! - Kelly Vineyard and Shannon Morarity, Columbus Zoo

Program Penguin Overview - Steven J. Sarro, Smithsonian National Zoo

Advanced Enrichment Design and Evaluation - Cheryl Meehan, Ph.D.,
Vistalogic, Inc.

Shining a Light on Avian Visual Perception - Linda Henry, SeaWorld San Diego

Carcass Feeding... It's for the Birds - Beth Posta, Toledo Zoo

Evaluating an Avian Collection's Behavioral Responses to Construction
Disturbances - Gina M. Ferrie, Disney's Animal Kingdom

Exhibiting Parrots - Past, Present, and Future - Has Anything Changed?
Joe Barkowski, Tulsa Zoo

Planning for Free-flighted Birds as a Component of a Major Aviary Renovation -
David Bocian, San Francisco Zoo

From Fur to Feathers: Future Directions in Zoo Animal Welfare - Lance Miller,
Chicago Zoological Society

ASAG General Session:

Steering Committee Memberss and Welcome New Members - Sara Hallagar,
Smithsonian National Zoo

ASAG Website Update - Kevin Graham, Disney's Animal Kingdom

Mariana Avifauna Conservation Program - Herb Roberts, Memphis Zoo

Lucky in Love: The Reproductive Success of the Southern Cassowary at the Virginia Zoo - Alexandra Zelazo-Kessler, Virgina Zoo (ASAG Travel Grant Recipient)

Alternative Medicine - Aliza Baltz, Philadelphia Zoo

Plume Awards - Steve Sarro, Smithsonian National Zoo

Novel Information on Taveta Weaver Nest Fidelity - Chelle Plasse, Disney's
Animal Kingdom

Light Bulb Moments with Penguins and Alcids - Linda Henry, SeaWorld San Diego
(ASAG Travel Grant Recipient)

Red/Yellow Program Updates from 2012 Mid-Year Presentation - Kelly Vineyard,
Columbus Zoo and Steve Sarro, Smithsonian National Zoo

Going Beyond the Institution: Taronga Zoo Bird Department Involvement in
Conservation Programs - Sprina Liu, Taronga Zoo (ASAG Travel Grant Recipient)

A New Aviary Under Construction - Dan Boritt, Indianapolis Zoo

Action Plan Update and Final Wrap Up - Tom Schneider, Detroit Zoo

Galliformes Workshop:

TAG Introduction: Managed Species Under the TAG - Chris Holmes, Houston Zoo

Incubation Workshop in Colombia and How the Blue-billed Curassow can be Incorporated into AZA Institutions - Chris Holmes, Houston Zoo

Edwards Pheasants: An Overview of the Captive Conseration Work in EAZA and
AZA and How This Species can be Incorporated into AZA Collections -
Gen Anderson, St. Augustine Alligator Park

The Managed Species of Tragopans Under the Galliformes TAG and How AZA
IInstiutions can Incorporate These Species into Their Collections - Michael Macek,
Saint Louis Zoo

Palawan Peacock Pheasant - Mollie Coym, Houston Zoo

Argus Pheasant Update - Chris Holmes, Houston Zoo

The Managed Species of Guineafowl (Crested and Vulturine) - Harrison Edell,
Dallas Zoo

Galliformes Housed in Mixed Species Exhibits - Shawn Pedersen, Woodland
Park Zoo

The Outlook of Galliformes in AZA Collections - Chris Holmes, Houston Zoo

Hornbill Workshop:

Introduction and TAG Updates - Paul Schutz, Disney's Animal Kingdom

Micronesian Kingfisher Population and USFWS Recovery Committee Update -
Aliza Baltz, Philadelphia Zoo

Creating Successful Hornbill Nest Cavities - Gen Andersen, St. Augustine
Alligator Farm Zoological Park

Bee-Eaters: Going, Going, Not Gone Yet - Kevin Graham, Disney's Animal
Kingdom

Ground Hornbill Conservation in South Africa: A Summary of Lessons Learnt
A Revised Reintroduction and Conservation Plan for the Southern Ground
Hornbill in Unprotected Habitat in South Africa
Lucy Kemp, Mabula Ground Hornbill Project

Training a Pair of Abyssinian Ground Hornbills for Voluntary Radiographs -
RoxAnna Breitigan, Cheyenne Mountain Zoo

Breeding Rhinoceros Hornbills at the Nashville Zoo at Grassmere -
Rebecca Bell, Nashville Zoo