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AZA Mid-Year Conference: March 2016
Omaha, Nebraska

TAG Meetings


Parrot TAG Workshop

Welcome - Jessica Meehan, Denver Zoo and Joe Barkowski, Tulsa Zoo
AZA Parrot TAG Updates - Joe Barkowski, Tulsa Zoo
EAZA Parrot TAG Updates - Simon Bruslund, EAZA Parrot TAG
Data for Parrot Reproduction through the Years - Joe Barkowski, Tulsa Zoo
Mixed Species Options - Josh Carabello, Tampa's Lowry Park Zoo
Squawk Talk: What's in a Name? - Laura Vague, Nashville Zoo
What the Flock?? Managing a Pandemonium of Parrots
  Part 1 - Simon Brusland, EAZA Parrot TAG
  Part 2 - Scott Newland, Sedgwick County Zoo
  Part 3 - Kimberly Klosterman, Cincinnati Zoo
  Panel Q&A - Jessica Meehan and Joe Barkowski, AZA Parrot TAG
Poster Session
ABV - Jennifer D'Agostino, DVM, AZA Parrot TAG
What Makes a Great Parrot Exhibit? Best Practices in Housing Parrots
  Scott Newland, Sedgwick County Zoo
  Joop Kuhn, San Diego Zoo
  Chad Comer, Blank Park Zoo
  Panel Q&A - Jessica Meehan and Joe Barkowski, AZA Parrot TAG
Poster Session
Squawk Talk: Pesquet's Parrot Breeding at St. Augustine Alligator Farm
  Gen Anderson, St. Augustine Alligator Farm
General Parrot Health/Testing/Preship -
  Jennifer D'Agostino, DVM, AZA Parrot TAG
Closed Banding of Parrot Chicks - Tom Mortimer, Tulsa Zoo
Scarlet Macaw Population Recovery in the Maya Biosphere Reserve
  David Oehler, Wildlife Conservation Society
Nestbox Design and Usage - Phil Horvey, Sedgwick County Zoo
Squawk Talk: Education Parrot Presentations - Tanya Paul, Oregon Zoo
Poster Session
Parrot Nutrition - Liz Koutsos, Mazuri
Squawk Talk: Conure Training at North Carolina Zoo - Erin Masterson, NC Zoo
Feather Plucking - Joe Barkowski, Tulsa Zoo
Parrot-on-a-Stick & Other Parrot Welfare Situations (Ambassador Animals, etc.)
  Moderator Led Audience Discussion, AZA Parrot TAG
Closing Remarks - Jessica Meehan and Joe Barkowski, AZA Parrot TAG

Avian SAG General Session

ASAG Action Plan - Tom Schneider, Detroit Zoo
ASAG Website Updates - Kevin Graham, Dallas Zoo
Asian Songbird Crisis Summit - David Jeggo, Durrell
Partially Hand-rearing a Humboldt Penguin - Andrea O'Daniels, Kansas City Zoo
Using Science and Behavioral Husbandry to Monitor and Assess the Transfer of   Carmine Bee-eaters to New Exhibit Conditions -   Andrew Alba, Disney's Animal Kingdom
Trapping Birds out of Aviaries - Andrew Clement, Zoo Atlanta
Connecting Keepers to Conservation and Population Management -   Eleanor Lovell, San Diego Zoo Safari Park
100 Years of Migratory Bird Conservation - Michael Kreger, USFWS
How to Build a Better Bird Trap - Jacob Kraemer, Pinola Conservancy
Avian Influenza & HAZWOPER - Dr. Yvonne Nadler, ZAHP Fusion Center
Masked Bobwhite Quail - Juliette Fernandez, AZ/NM Southwest Region
Plume Awards

Avian SAG Hand-rearing Workshop

Workshop Introduction - Nicole LaGreco & Susie Kasielke
Brooder Room Basics - Nicole LaGreco, San Deigo Zoo
Procuring Productive Protocols & Dealing with Data -
  Colleen Lynch, Riverbanks Zoo
Cultivating Columbids: Current Methods for Hand-rearing Pigeons & Doves -
  Chelle Plasse, Disney's Animal Kingdom
Fit for Purpose: Introduction to Passerines -
  Jo Gregson, Paignton Zoo & Nicole LaGreco, San Diego Zoo
Current Techniques for Fish-eaters: Simple Works! -
  Laurie Conrad, Sea World San Diego
Off to a Good Start: Techniques to Initiate Feeding -
  Jacob Kraemer, Pinola Conservancy
Are you My Parents? Nest Manipulation at the San Diego Zoo's Safari Park -
  Eleanor Lovell, San Diego Zoo Safari Park
Who's Your Daddy? Developing Species-appropriate Behavior -
  Susie Kasielke, Los Angeles Zoo