Welcome FEATURED SPEAKERS!
Each year Flight Club Foundation invites selected professionals working with parrots conservation and more to speak at Seattle Parrot Expo. They are leaders in their field and mentors to spark a new generation's interest in the world parrots are connected to!
2021 is HYBRID which means Speakers may be joining us either from our Broadcast location at the Auburn Community and Events Center or from remote locations virtually. When you register to see Featured Speakers you pay for admission into the Featured Speaker Room at the LIVE event or the Featured Speaker Room online. ALL online content will be available for the rest of the YEAR! Your registrations helps us pay for the cost to hold this great event and present the opportunity for education throughout the year!
Only GOOD BIRDS and SUPER BIRDS have the opportunity to visit these areas so be sure to REGISTER TODAY! Don't forget, at LIVE, you get a free tote bag and light lunch on us! SUPERBIRDS get a free Seattle Parrot Expo 2021 Event shirt!
2021 Featured Speakers
Dr. Cromwell Purchase Lover of wildlife and special passion for birds. Grew up breeding birds. Studied a variety of things that all seemed to merge into a great basis for problem solving and collating captive breeding with in situ conservation. With reproductive research techniques that was able to draw a seriously inbred parrot population out of its bottleneck. held the position of Blue macaw coordinator, then head of birds and research, then Director at Al Wabra in Qatar. Then moved to Association for the Conservation of Threatened Parrots as Scientific and Zoological Director with all the Spix's macaws from Qatar, then moved out to Brazil to as Scientific and Field Projects Coordinator again for ACTP. Cromwell and his wife Candice (who has a Masters in Zoonotic diseases and Genetics). Are hands on at the Spix’s macaw breeding and release facility in habitat (Curaçá, Brazil) preparing for the first release of the Extinct in the wild Spix’s macaw. Pictured with Cromwell is the dream of the future--juvenile Spix Macaw Breeding in the wild. He will give two talks at the beginning of each day about this program. One for the professionals on Saturday and the second for the public on Sunday. The Spix is the species featured in the films "Rio" and "Rio 2".
Hillary Hankey is a professional bird trainer, falconer, and student of biology for over 20 years. Hillary has worked and consulted for zoos and educational facilities to help bring adventurous and intimate animal encounters to guests all over the world. In 2013, Hillary created Avian Behavior International. The ABI training ranch sits on twenty acres in Southern California, where Hillary offers online training tutorials and guidance for animal lovers of all levels. She will be joining us LIVE to discuss parrot ownership and the new frontiers of training she discussed at ABMA. Demonstrations included! Register today to not miss out on asking questions and seeing her in our infamous Speaker Room!
Debbie Goodrich is a certified Parrot Behavior Consultant and professional bird trainer who performs with her parrots throughout Western Washington. She and her birds have been featured on the Bob Rivers Show, New Day Northwest, and now a regular at the SW Washington Fair! Her message of conservation and hope for the future through parrots has given her inspiration to help create Flight Club Foundation, a 501 c3 humane organization that assists parrots and people alike. She will be performing on both days LIVE. Don't forget all of our LIVE guests will be broadcast for our VIRTUAL guests as well! Her performances will be free for children to attend. So, FREE BIRD registrants, this is your chance to step into the Featured Speaker Room at the Expo!
Project Leader – International affairs, ecotourism, public education, avian management. Bonnie has been involved with parrots for over almost thirty years. Like many people in the avian world, she started as a “pet owner” but gradually evolved to where she is today, working to promote education, rescue, rehabilitation and enrichment for parrots confiscated from the illegal trade in Indonesia, and developing programs to protect and study endangered parrots in their natural environment.
She joined the board of IPP in 2003 as the director of ecotourism, and co-founded Kembali Bebas with Dr. Stewart Metz in 2004. Kembali Bebas is an avian rescue, rehabilitation and release center located in North Seram, Maluku which to date has released over 1800 endemic species of parrots and cockatoos successfully into the wild. She leads that project as well as protecting a species of cockatoo that is on the brink of extinction located on a remote island in the Java Sea. She has conducted and performed field work in Belize, Peru and Indonesia. She lectures at domestically and internationally to conservation organizations, universities and scientific organizations.
Robin Shewokis Sullivan is the owner of The Leather Elves, a company that designs and manufactures enrichment devices for animals in human care. Since 2000 Robin has consulted at zoos in the U.S., Canada, Australia, New Zealand and Holland and has distributed enrichment products worldwide. Robin has published articles on enrichment in national and international publications. She has also produced a DVDs titled "Enriching Your Parrot's Life" and “Get Your Bird Back.” Robin is a state coordinator for American Federation of Aviculture and she is past president of The International Association of Avian Trainers and Educators. She also serves on the board of National Parrot Rescue and Preservation Foundation.
While president of IAATE Robin’s focus was on increasing education for the avian community. ”In order to provide the best possible environment and quality of life for animals under human care we must build our provider skills through learning and exploration of opportunities. Every time I teach a workshop or interact with a group of parrot owners I learn new ways to enhance the lives of birds sharing our lives”.
Robin will not only be speaking, but she is Introducing our Featured Speakers too! She will be discussing choices for your parrot!
Dr. McLaughlin is one of the Co-Directors of The Center for Bird and Exotic Animal Medicine (CBEAM). She has been involved in veterinary leadership throughout her career, and has authored/co-authored articles in both professional journals and national conference proceedings. She frequently presents educational seminars to exotic animal groups. Dr. McLaughlin is passionate about providing low stress veterinary visits for all of her patients. She is a certified Fear Free™ veterinarian, and helped author the Fear Free™ Avian Medicine course amongst her many accomplishments. She will be discussing Exotic Animal ER, preparation and expectations at Seattle Parrot Expo 2021.
Before Dr. Strunk became one of the top clinicians at The Center for Bird and Exotic Animal Medicine, she became board-certified through the American Board of Veterinary Practioners in 2010. Dr. Strunk is the author and co-author of a number of articles in both professional journals and national conference proceedings. She is on the board of directors for the Association of Reptilian and Amphibian Veterinarians (ARAV). Dr. Strunk has a strong research background, covering a variety of topics including avian clinical pathology and reptile ophthalmology. At Seattle Parrot Expo 2021, she will be discussing emergencies with your parrot.