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  Newsletter 21 August 2019  

Certificant Highlight- Meet the Board

IATCB is the International Avian Trainers Certification Board, an independent body established to develop and manage certification of avian trainers. Meet General Board Member - Arianna Bailey, CPBT-KA (and a Great Green Macaw).

AriArianna (Ari) began working in the professional animal industry in 2006. Her career began by working with reptiles, mainly crocodilians, at a small zoo in Orlando. This is where she first found a passion for training, enrichment and animal behavior.

Following her desire to learn more about behavior she sought out a position with Natural Encounters Inc. and was hired in January of 2009 to join their free-flight bird show at Disney’s Animal Kingdom.

She has gone on to do road shows, consultation and teaching workshops on the art and science of behavior change. She is currently a supervisor with NEI and leads up the free flight macaw show.

Ari serves as an IAATE General Board member as well and is also the Chair of IAATE's Professional Development Committee. 

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Certification Examination for Professional Bird Trainers

Sign up for the last testing cycle for 2018!

Application Deadline  September 21, 2018  
Testing Window October 20 - November 3, 2018  

Candidates must meet the following eligibility criteria as of the application deadline indicated on the cover of the handbook:

  • Three (3) years of professional experience with birds, or membership at the professional level in the International Association of Avian Trainers and Educators.
  • Completion and filing of an Application for the Certification Examination for Professional Bird Trainers.
  • Payment of required fees.

International Testing

Already certified?

Time is running out! If you were certified in the first testing cycle of April 2013 your certification expires on 4/30/2018.

The CPBT-KA credential is valid for 5 years from the date it is awarded. To renew the credential a certificant must either re-take the examination after 5 years or accumulate sixty Continuing Education Credits (CEUs) by attending IATCB approved workshops, seminars, classes, or conferences. Head over to http://www.iatcb.com/staying-certified/ceu-events to check out a list of approved CEUs!

Trainers Talk

How do I stop my bird from biting?
“Biting is just part of having a parrot as a pet.” Does that sound familiar? It should. It is the most common attitude associated with companion parrot ownership. However, we feel the opposite is true. A parrot owner should strive to never get bitten. That is a pretty bold statement for such a common problem. The fact is that biting is not a natural behavior for parrots. They don’t bite each other in the wild, at least not hard enough to make another parrot bleed….to read more head over to http://naturalencounters.com/resources/companion-parrots/#1

Bird is the Word

St. Patrick’s Day falls on March 17th so don’t forget to wear your green! One bird that never has to worry about that is the Great Green Macaw, but it does have to worry about becoming extinct!

The great green macaw is a stunning parrot with vibrant plumage. The head, back and upper wing are olive green in color whilst the rest of the wings and tip of the tail are blue. There is a scarlet red patch on the tail and on the forehead. This macaw inhabits the forest edges of lowland tropical rainforest. Particularly associated with the mountain almond tree which provides food and nest sites in much of this parrot’s range. This species was previously widespread in Central and northern South America, but populations have today become severely reduced.

This species qualifies as Endangered because extensive habitat destruction and capture for the cage bird trade are suspected to have caused very rapid and continuing population declines. The decline in abundance of the great green macaw can be largely attributed to a loss of habitat throughout the region. Lowland forests have been converted to banana plantations and cattle ranching, thus producing habitat that is no longer suitable for this parrot. Efforts undertaken in the next few decades will likely decide the fate of this species. World Parrot Trust will continue to support its partners and their work towards:

  • Aiding in the confiscation of Great Green Macaws from the wildlife trade
  • Rescuing and rehabilitating confiscated birds
  • Encouraging captive reproduction of the species
  • Releasing birds to the wild to supplement wild populations
  • Educating locals about sustainable use of lands
  • Assisting with habitat restoration efforts