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  Newsletter 13 June 2021  

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 this month!

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.

What should I study?

     Click here: and download the handbook, it contains the study guide!

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.

Want to find out more about setting these types of standards within your facility or becoming certified? Contact the IATCB board by visiting our website!

Miss the testing cycles for 2018? That’s ok! You can study now and get ready for 2019!

Testing cycles are the same time for both the Certification Examination for Professional Bird Trainers and the Certification Examination for Professional Animal Trainers.

Sign up for 2019 testing cycles!

  • Spring Application Deadline 18 January, 2019
  • Spring Testing Window 16 February - 2 March, 2019
  • Fall Application Deadline 20 September, 2019
  • Fall Testing Window 19 October - 2 November, 2019

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 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 to check out a list of approved CEUs!

Trainers Talk

In July, Atlanta Audubon received a message from Kristi Eison, of Cobb County, about this Red-tailed Hawk she spotted near Marietta, not far from Kennesaw Mountain. It had a couple of dark feathers on its back, but other than that it was totally white with a red tint to the eye. Albinio? Leucistic? Something else? We were unsure. Atlanta Audubon Conservation Director Adam Betuel got involved and began communicating with Hein Van Groux in London.

redtail ino

According to Hein Van Grouw who works at the Natural History Museum in London, the bird most likely has a genetic condition called Ino. Ino birds have this pale appearance because of a recessive mutation on their sex chromosomes that affects melanin production. This means that Ino birds have weaker melanin that bleaches over time when it is exposed to the sun. It is often assumed that white birds are albino. However, albinism greatly diminishes the eyesight of birds and thus almost all albino birds die shortly after gaining independence from their parents. This bird appearing to be an independent adult supports the conclusion that the bird is an Ino. Additionally, a few dark feathers on the back would eliminate a true albino. Plum colored eyes and pale areas on the beak where melanin would normally exist make Ino a more likely diagnosis than complete leucism or progressive graying. Though it is hard to say with 100% confidence without seeing the bird up close, this amazing hawk fits the description of an Ino bird.

Thanks to Kristi Eison for allowing us to share this story and her photos. You'll also find a video of this bird on our YouTube Channel at

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! See the story on Atlanta Audubon Society’s Facebook page.

Species Spotlight

Southern flying squirrel- Glaucomys Volans

flying squirrel
Predominately found throughout the eastern half of the United States, as far west as the Great Plains. Southern flying squirrels are most commonly found in temperate to sub-temperate deciduous and mixed forests. Southern flying squirrels are extremely sociable animals that congregate in one nest during winter months and communicate with one another throughout the night. Southern flying squirrels are strictly nocturnal, and are extremely active at all times of the night during the summer months. However, during colder months their activity is limited to shortly after dusk and shortly prior to dawn. During periods of extreme cold, southern flying squirrels will stay in their nests for a few days at a time.

Members of this species are characterized by a loose fold of haired skin, known as either the patagium or the gliding membrane, which is bordered by black hair. The patagium extends from the front wrists to the rear ankles, and allows for the animals to glide when both their front and hind legs are extended. Prior to gliding, southern flying squirrels move their head from side to side in order to determine the distance to the targeted landing site. Once the distance has been appraised, they launch themselves into the air and simultaneously spread their arms and legs apart in order to draw the gliding membrane taut.

The spread gliding membrane creates air resistance, which allows the squirrels to successfully glide distances up to 28 meters, although most glides are between 6 and 9 meters in length. Slack can be created in either the left or right membrane in order for the squirrel to control angle, speed, and course of the glide. Southern flying squirrels use their tails to steer through the various branches that are present between trees. By flipping their tail upward, southern flying squirrels are able to raise the front part of their body and easily control the landing process.

Listed as Least Concern because it is very widespread, and can be abundant in suitable habitat, and there are no major threats.