The Avian Welfare Coalition teamed up with the Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries to offer a series of webinars that provide training to animal care professionals on the specialized care of exotic birds. We examine key topics for providing appropriate short-term care and securing care for a lifetime.
NEW FOR 2017 -Avian Advocacy Series
The two-part series focuses on avian outreach and campaigns including the role and responsibilities that captive exotic wildlife sanctuaries have in education, avian laws, and suggested approaches to expanding legal protection for captive birds.
Presenters: Kellie Heckman, Executive Director, Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries (GFAS); Jennifer Place, Program Associate, Born Free USA; J.B. Mulcahy, Co-Director, Chimpanzee Sanctuary NW
Captive wildlife sanctuaries have a critical responsibility to deliver a clear and consistent message that ‘wild animals don’t belong in captivity.’ However, the approaches taken to educate and attract placement partners are often exploitive and even counterproductive. Our experts share strategies on how organizations can achieve the right balance.
Presenters: Monica Engebretson, U.S. Campaign Manager, Cruelty Free International; Sue Leary, President, American Anti-Vivisection Society; Tara Zuardo, Wildlife Attorney, Animal Welfare Institute; DJ Schubert, Wildlife Biologist, Animal Welfare Institute
Ensuring that humane standards of care and treatment are afforded to captive birds also relies on our having protective enforceable laws in place. In this session, our team of experts provides a summary of current law and suggested approaches for improving captive bird welfare in the U.S., as well as a discussion of the Endangered Species Act and international laws that affect bird possession and commerce in the U.S.
Avian Roundtable - Bird Placement
This 4-part roundtable series, presented in a Q&A format, is devoted entirely to the special placement needs of exotic birds, including the evaluation of individual birds, recruitment of adoption applicants, and identification of placement partners. Legal issues pertaining to adoption contracts and long-term and estate planning are also reviewed.
The placement process for exotic birds comes with special challenges. Learn from our roundtable experts what it takes to build a network of like-minded, legitimate placement partners and where to find responsible, compassionate avian adopters.
What goes into preparing an adopter for life with an undomesticated, extremely social, flighted animal? Our roundtable experts answer questions on how to properly inform adopters about the true needs of birds - the good and the bad –that can aid in long-term adoption success.
Adopting out animals with long lifespans comes with some important legal considerations for both the organization and the adoptive caregiver. Our roundtable expert answers questions about contingency plans and their place in guaranteeing lifetime care for any long-lived species.
There’s more than meets the eye when it comes to foster and adoption contracts. Our roundtable expert provides practical guidelines to help organizations develop adoption contracts that navigate some challenging legal landscape.
Avian Roundtable - Shelter Solutions
This 2-part roundtable series, presented in a Q&A format, provides answers to common questions from animal shelters looking to start or expand an avian placement program and those already providing short-term care to birds.
Caring for exotic birds in a shelter environment is challenging. In fact, many shelters feel they cannot accommodate birds at all. Our roundtable expert answers questions about the issues standing in the way of shelters’ abilities to take in, expand, or improve capacity for exotic birds.
Birds are like no other animal in your shelter. Our roundtable expert answers questions about serving the special needs of exotic birds in a shelter setting including how to evaluate and deal with bird behavior and common avian conditions, recognize signs of illness, and respond to medical emergencies.
Avian Wellness Training Series
This 3-part webinar series aims to provide animal caretakers with practical recommendations for meeting the housing, handling, feeding, medical and placement needs of exotic birds within the shelter environment.
Part 1 of 2. This webinar is a must-watch overview for any shelter caring for birds. Dr. Anthony Pilny covers the basics for short-term care in a shelter environment, including intake protocols, signs of disease and illness, quarantine requirements and supportive care.
This webinar, presented by Lorelei Tibbetts, expands on Part 1 with a more in-depth discussion about nutrition, environmental safety, cleanliness and sanitation, animal handling and housing, managing stress and enrichment.
Get two unique viewpoints from Lorelei Tibbetts and Karen Windsor on what it takes to find qualified homes for exotic birds. Gain insight into the considerations and approaches for making exotic bird placement successful.
Sponsored by the Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries (GFAS), an international sanctuary accreditation body that promotes and validates excellence in responsible and human care of animals in sanctuary management.
Coordinator: Denise Kelly, President & Co-Founder, Avian Welfare Coalition
Moderator: Kellie Heckman, Executive Director, Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries
Information and Technology Manager: Robin Mason, Education Coordinator, Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries