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  Newsletter 11 August 2020  

Hello Visitor,

The International Avian Trainers Certification Board and the International Animal Trainers Certification Board, IATCB, offers you a way to gain professional credibility, increase your earnings potential, and advance your career. We live in a competitive world, and animal trainers are no different than anyone else looking for advanced knowledge and skill in their profession. IATCB endorses voluntary certification by examination for all professionals involved with animals, including trainers, educators, handlers, veterinarians, and all others involved in the care and handling of animals.

Certificant Highlight

IATCB would like to encourage you to become certified. Our Certification Examination for Professional Animal Trainers will have its first testing cycle in October. Don’t forget to register and start studying! We would love to highlight you or your facility in our newsletter and on our Facebook page. Let us know the amazing things that you are doing to help raise the bar! Contact for more information.

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

Certification Examination for Professional Animal Trainers NEW

Sign up for the last testing cycle for 2018!

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

Go to to learn more about who’s eligible to take the exams, download the handbook and start studying!!!

Already certified?

The IATCB credentials are valid for 5 years from the date they are awarded. To renew a 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 to check out a list of approved CEUs. 

Trainers Talk

Nashville Zoo Keeper First International Volunteer at Bongo Surveillance Project

nicoleAfter working with bongo for most of her keeper career, Nikole Edmunds, Nashville Zoo Hoofstock Keeper, traveled to Africa to work with them in the wild.

Edmunds is the first international volunteer to ever work with the Bongo Surveillance Project, BSP, the only organization in Kenya specifically monitoring the critically endangered Mountain or “Eastern” Bongo in the wild. The BSP’s mission is to educate the public, specifically local Kenyans, about how to protect bongos, as well as conduct field research to better understand these elusive creatures.

Check out the rest of the story here.

Way to go Nikole!

Do you have a cool training video or conservation message that you would like to feature in our Newsletter and on our Facebook Page? If so send us the clip and a link and we will post it for you! Don’t forget to share it with all your friends!

Species Spotlight

redtailRed Tailed Hawk Buteo jamaicensis

This is probably the most common hawk in North America. If you’ve got sharp eyes you’ll see several individuals on almost any long car ride, anywhere. Red-tailed Hawks soar above open fields, slowly turning circles on their broad, rounded wings. Other times you’ll see them atop telephone poles, eyes fixed on the ground to catch the movements of a vole or a rabbit, or simply waiting out cold weather before climbing a thermal updraft into the sky.

Most Red-tailed Hawks are rich brown above and pale below, with a streaked belly and, on the wing underside, a dark bar between shoulder and wrist. The tail is usually pale below and cinnamon-red above, though in young birds it’s brown and banded. “Dark-morph” birds are all chocolate-brown with a warm red tail. “Rufous-morph” birds are reddish-brown on the chest with a dark belly.

The Red-tailed Hawk has a thrilling, raspy scream that sounds exactly like a raptor should sound. At least, that’s what Hollywood directors seem to think. Whenever a hawk or eagle appears onscreen, no matter what species, the shrill cry on the soundtrack is almost always a Red-tailed Hawk.

This species has an extremely large range, and hence does not approach the thresholds for Vulnerable under the range size criterion (Extent of Occurrence <20,000 km2 combined with a declining or fluctuating range size, habitat extent/quality, or population size and a small number of locations or severe fragmentation). The population trend appears to be increasing, and hence the species does not approach the thresholds for Vulnerable under the population trend criterion (>30% decline over ten years or three generations). The population size is extremely large, and hence does not approach the thresholds for Vulnerable under the population size criterion (<10,000 mature individuals with a continuing decline estimated to be >10% in ten years or three generations, or with a specified population structure). For these reasons the species isevaluated as Least Concern.