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  Newsletter 11 August 2020  

Certificant Highlight- Meet the Board


General Board Member- Kelly Garrison, CPBT-KA, CIG

Kelly graduated with from the University of Georgia with a double major of Animal and Dairy Science. She worked at the Birmingham Zoo for nearly 13 years. Her career started as a part time keeper working in the Children’s Zoo Barn. Six months later she was hired into a full time roll. Working and training animals for the wild life shows and educating the public quickly became her passion. In 2010 the Animal Programs and Interpretation Department was formed at the zoo and it was an easy decision on where her heart fell. She managed the department until 2018 and worked hard to have a mixed species shows including free flight birds. She also served as the chairs of the Animal Training Committee and Interpretive Committees for the zoo. Kelly is a Certified Interpretive Guide and will continue to use her skills as an interpreter to educate and inform the public on the importance of conservation. Currently Kelly is taking a small break from the zoo world to spend some time with her 2 year old son.. 

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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

Have you seen this video from Wild Ontario? Keep up the great work! They are teaching “Jess” and “Un-jess”
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Bird is the Word

Southern white-faced owls (Ptilopsis granti) , also known as southern white-faced scops owls, are found from southern Uganda, Kenya, and the Dominican Republic of the Congo to South Africa. These owls occupy a wide variety of habitats but prefer more open areas that still provide shelter and cover, such as dry savannahs with scattered tree cover and thorny shrubs. They also appear in semi-forested areas or forest/clearing borders that are close to rivers. The coloration is generally grey, with pronounced white and black facial markings. The face is white to pale grey with a prominent black rim on either side. The eye color of these owls differs from the typical yellow of most scops owls and are orange-red to red. Males sing intently, mostly around dusk, but can often be heard throughout the night to attract a mate. Once together, the female will sing a duet, and later the female answers the male with a faint shriek of her own. After pairing, both males and females work together to raise and protect their young. his species has an extremely large range, and hence does not approach the thresholds for Vulnerable under the range size criterion.