2020 Virtually Amazing Speakers!

The Virtual world opened opportunities to increase our educational opportunities for all!  We are offering 18 speakers across two platforms!  The platform in YELLOW is our FEATURED SPEAKER series only PAID registrants can access in a Zoom setting.  You can upgrade your registration any time during the Expo.

 

The WHITE is our FREE SPEAKER series that everyone can access either through a portal right here in our website when you register as FREE BIRD or directly at Flight Club Foundation's Facebook Page.  Be sure to LIKE us:). 

Please note that all PAID CONTENT will only be available during the Expo dates.  It will be recorded on the first weekend only and played on demand for you during the week.  October 3rd is LIVE ONLY!!!  No worries staying at a computer!  Chat enabled for you to network with other registrants and our speakers!

Featured Speakers

Dr. George Olah

Global trends of habitat destruction and consequences for parrot conservation

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During his research career Dr. Olah has focused on tropical ecology, conservation genetics, and used cutting-edge next-generation sequencing technology to study modern and museum samples of birds for their conservation management. His research has allowed him to advance knowledge about conservation genetics in the context of the interacting environmental and anthropogenic threats. In order to transform this generated scientific knowledge into conservation action, George believes it is essential to communicate with a broader audience via publicly accessible sources and directly with decision makers. At the wider community level, he is a very passionate science communicator and wildlife documentary filmmaker.

Sponsored By:

Wildlife Messengers

Jennifer Cuhna

Let Me Pick! Easy Preference Communication Training for Birds & YES-NO Symbol Communication Training for Parrots

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Jennifer Cuhna of My Reading Pets joins Seattle Parrot Expo's 2020 Vision for Parrot Education. Her work online has been a sensation on how to teach contigency behavior. In addition to teaching parrots basic word groups and functions such as drawing techniques. We are excited to share her work with you over the course of two days. First, learn how to teach parrots how to learn YES/NO as a workshop. Then, on Day 2, discover the work she has been teaching parrots and people alike!

Sponsored By:

My Reading Pets

Hillary Hankey

Talk to Me: Speaking So Your Parrot Can See & How Body Language Goes Both Ways

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Hillary Hankey is a professional bird trainer, falconer, and student of biology for over 20 years, Hillary’s first interest in animal behavior began with the documentation of the family cat’s daily habits, including hours of cat naps, on her dad’s camcorder as practice for becoming a National Geographic researcher. 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 left the comfort of a predictable paycheck and started Avian Behavior International, a bird training and education organization. With ABI, she has stayed with the Waurá tribe in the backwaters of the Amazon, flown birds through the Rainbow Arch of Lake Powell. The ABI training ranch sits on twenty acres in Southern California, where Hillary shares her passion with guests to watch and interact with the beauty of birds in flight. This cast of feathered characters helps raised awareness and funds for critical conservation challenges around the planet. The Avian Behavior Lab is a natural extension of Hillary’s work, where she offers online training tutorials and guidance for animal lovers of all levels.

Sponsored By:

Avian Behavior International

Bonnie Zimmerman

The Wild Parrots and Cockatoos of Indonesia & Parrots of Indonesia

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Affiliations: • Indonesian Parrot Project / Konservasi Kakatua Indonesia • Pattimura University, Ambon, Maluku, Indonesia • Asian Species Action Partnership • Wildlife Reserves Singapore • Indonesian Institute of Science, Lembaga Ilmu Pengetahuan Indonesia – Bogor • Regional Coordinator Indonesia, Malaysia, India, Philippines, International Ornithologists Union • Regional Coordinator, Southeast Asia – Parrot Researchers Group • Applied Biodiversity Sciences Program at Texas A&M • Wildlife Conservation Society – Indonesian Crime Unit • TRAFFIC • Birdlife International 2013 to Present, Executive Director Indonesian Parrot Project Responsibilities as Executive Director includes leading projects with focus on field research, eco-tourism, international affairs, conservation, education, fundraising, marketing and avian medicine. She speaks on behalf of the organization to conservation organizations, schools and universities both in the United States and Indonesia, and has published numerous articles. She is strongly committed to educating the public about conservation, protection of wild parrots, and rescue and rehabilitation of companion parrots aall forms of media and encourages the collaboration of knowledge between scientists, zoos, conservationists and aviculture. 2003 – 2013, Vice President, Eco-Tourism, Marketing & Media Director Indonesian Parrot Project, Pope Valley, California Responsibilities included developing and managing eco-tourism programs to Seram and West Papua in Eastern Indonesia; disseminating and creating collateral materials via electronic and standard media outlets; and serving as the educational arm of the organization for the general public. Bonnie also worked in tandem with the Executive Director in the development and management of programs within Indonesia including Kembali Bebas Avian Rehabilitation and Release Center on Seram Island.

Sponsored By:

Indonesian Parrot Project

Dr. Cintia Garai

What is it like to work in Africa face-to-face with Gorillas, Bonobos and African Greys

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Cintia is a scientist, mainly focusing on great apes in Africa, and wildlife filmmaker. She completed her Masters of Science in Zoology in 2006 at the University of Veterinary Medicine in Hungary. She then worked in the Democratic Republic of Congo with bonobos, where she began her research on that species. Later she worked for a Hungarian wildlife filmmaking group, Filmjungle.eu Productions for 5 years, during which time decided that she wanted to make films for conservation purposes, especially in remote areas. After filming at different tropical regions, she realized that she wanted additional scientific background in order to combine three elements, filmmaking – research – conservation, and so in 2015, she gained a PhD degree in Primatology, at the Kyoto University in Japan, writing her fieldwork focused dissertation on the personality traits of wild-living bonobos. Since graduation she has worked in DR Congo as a conservationist, and she continues filming and exploring the possibilities of using films in different ways to promote nature conservation.

Sponsored By:

WildLife Messengers

Robin Sullivan

Foraging for Fitness

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Robin Sullivan is the owner of The Leather Elves, a company that designs and manufactures enrichment devices for animals in captivity. The Leather Elves started as a family business that created enrichment for companion parrots. After working with several facilities that housed collections of parrots Robin realized that there was a need in those facilities for enrichment targeting other species. In 2000 The Leather Elves began working with zoos internationally to enhance the level of enrichment provided. Since then Robin has consulted at zoos in the US, Canada, Holland, New Zealand and Australia and has distributed enrichment products worldwide.



In the companion parrot community Robin has spoken at numerous parrot clubs, providing a workshop that helps companion bird owners create a stimulating environment for their pets. Robin also works to develop new enrichment products for companion parrots that will stimulate naturalistic behavior when presented. Robin has published articles on enrichment in national and international publications. She is the enrichment columnist for the Flyer, a quarterly publication of the International Association of Avian Trainers and Educators.



Robin is the past president/board member of the International Association of Avian Trainers and Educators and oversees their enrichment committee. Robin works with All Species Consulting; a consortium created to meet a wide variety of needs in the zoo community. At the 2006 AAZK conference, Robin received a certificate of appreciation for her contributions to the field of enrichment with regard to the management of captive exotics. While traveling in New Zealand in 2012 Robin had the opportunity to see and handle a rare Kakapo. After this experience, Robin hopes to encourage bird lovers to support avian conservation efforts in order to keep the avian world strong.

Sponsored By:

The Leather Elves

Tony Silva

Addressing Diet for Caged Parrots

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Aviculturist of 45 years with extensive field and avicultural experience.

Sponsored By:

Parrot Consultants

Barbara Heidenreich

Addressing Extreme Fear Responses and Aggressive Behavior

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Barbara Heidenreich is an animal training consultant specializing in exotic animals. She consults worldwide working with zoos, universities, veterinary professionals, and conservation projects. She has worked on site with over 80 facilities in 27 countries. She is an adjunct instructor at Texas A & M University. She has produced seven DVDs, authored two books and contributed to four veterinary textbooks. She is a co- author of the Fear Free® Avian Certification Course. Much of her work focuses on training exotic species to cooperate in medical care. Barbara is an advisor for the Animal Training Working Group and the Parrot Taxon Advisory Group for the European Association of Zoos and Aquariums. She has provided her expertise to conservation projects The Kakapo Recovery Program and The Borneo Orangutan Survival Foundation. Her goal is to leave behind a legacy of kindness to animals by sharing her expertise. Find her resources for companion parrot behavior at www.BarbarasFFAT.com and www.GoodBirdInc.com

Sponsored By:

Good Bird and Barbara's Force Free Animal Training

Free Speakers

Hildegard Niemann

Don't Be Shy, Call a Consultant AND What is it like to have a parrot in Germany?

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Hildegard Niemann (born 1966) graduated in 1993 from the Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität in Münster with a degree in biology and has been working as a Behavior consultant for parrots and parakeets (Parrot Behavior Consulting www.papageien-training.de) since 2004. Since 2006 she is a certified member of the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants (IAABC), member of the American Federation of Aviculture (AFA), the International Association of Avian Trainers and Educators (IAATE) and the Alliance of Behavior Management (ABMA).
She has been working as an author since 1996. She has written more than 120 papers on parrots and other ornamental birds, which have been published in 18 different magazines in five languages, and a total of eight books (on grey parrots, budgies, cockatiels, among others), which have been published in numerous languages and editions worldwide.
Since 2006, she has been organising regular workshops for parrot owners, leading practical training units (PPT) with parrots and parakeets in the Parrot Park Bochum and since 2016 she has also been offering online courses and webinars (national and international). Between 2014 and 2020 she led four customer trips for parrot owners to the Philippines, New Zealand, Australia and Costa Rica.
Together with her husband Dr. Rainer Niemann, she has been publishing the Parrots and Parakeets Journal (PSJ), the official customer magazine of Parrot Behavior Consulting (PBC), since 2017.
Her teaching activities include guest lectures at the annual conventions of the American Federation of Aviculture (AFA) in the USA, at the Avicultural Society of Australia, at the EXOTIS, Switzerland at further education events such as the Parrot Days in Stuttgart or the Pet Day of the German Veterinary Medical Society (DVG) in Giessen, as well as her lecturing activities at the Academy for Innovative Education and Management (aim) in Heilbronn, the Institute "Tiere im Einsatz" (Animals in Action) in Schongau, the Online-Academy “Akademie für Tierheilkunde”, Austria, as well as at the further education events of the Central Association of Zoological Specialist Companies (ZZF).
In addition, she gave lectures at the conference of the Fund for Endangered Parrots (FbP) and was a member of the budgerigar and parrot magazine for 13 years. She has kept parrots for over 30 years, including budgies, cockatiels, amazons, lineolated parakeets, senegal parrots and grey parrots.

Sponsored By:

AVIFOOD

Chris Armstrong

Free Flight Demonstration AND Use of Telemetry in Free Flighted Parrots

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Chris Armstrong developed a love for macaws and freeflying when he found Percy, the scarlet macaw, he rehabilitated and helped him discover a wide world of possibilty. Taking courses from NEI, Flying Colors Aviary and more over many years and assisting development in use of Telemetry in Parrots, Chris' passion for parrots and flight has taken off.

Sponsored By:

Percy Wings Aviary

Dr. Alicia McLaughlin

Fear Free Veterinary Medicine

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Dr. McLaughlin received her DVM degree from Oklahoma State University. She completed a veterinary internship in exotic animal medicine at the Center for Bird and Exotic Animal Medicine (CBEAM), and is now an associate veterinarian at this practice. Dr. McLaughlin has been involved in veterinary research and leadership throughout her career, and has authored/co-authored articles in both professional journals and national conference proceedings. She enjoys sharing her knowledge with local exotics groups, and is a regular speaker for the Pacific Science Center's annual "Get Set To Be A Vet" summer children's camp. Dr. McLaughlin is passionate about providing low stress veterinary visits for all of her patients. She is a certified Fear Free Veterinarian, and is spearheading the development of an Avian-focused Fear Free program while working towards becoming a board certified specialist in avian medicine. She maintains active memberships in a long list of veterinary organizations (AAV, ARAV, AEMV, AAFV, AAZV, ANAEV, AVMA, and ASVAB), and prioritizes furthering her knowledge through yearly continuing education so that she can make cutting edge medical recommendations for her patients.

Sponsored By:

The Center for Bird and Exotic Animal Medicine

Jack Pine

Jack's Australian Animals

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Jack Pine is an animal caretaker and educator who has worked with a variety of animal species for the last 12 years. As the animal manager of a privately owned collection near Houston, he has had the luxury of entertaining and educating children and adults alike about the wonders of the natural world. He has also been a speaker at conferences for organizations such as the National Parrot Rescue & Preservation Foundation, the American Federation of Aviculture, and the National Association for Interpretation.

Sponsored By:

National Parrot Rescue and Preservation Foundation

Debbie Goodrich

Live Parrot Shows

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Debbie Goodrich has been performing with parrots across the United States since 2001. Obtaining her degree in Psychobiology in 1996 from the University of California at Santa Cruz specializing in Nonverbal Communication, Debbie began her professional journey training parrots in 1996 as an Animal Care Specialist at Rainforest Cafe. In 2001, Rainforest Cafe retired their parrot program and launched Debbie into a new direction of The Parrot Lady Educational Entertainment. Utilizing Rainforest Cafe's outreach macaws, Jesse and Oly, she continued the educational programs in Western Washington establishing The Parrot Lady as a household name. In 2013, she helped found Flight Club Foundation, a 501 c(3) nonprofit organization who specializes in indoor flying of parrots as a club. Flight Club Foundation has since grown into creating it's own national event, Seattle Parrot Expo, and now ventures into community projects and events to support all parrot products, events, organizations and more.

Sponsored By:

Parrot Ambassadors

Daniel Sigmon

Parrots of North America

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Daniel Sigmon is a published contributor to Bird Talk Magazine and BirdChannel.com. His complete fascination with his first parrot, a sun conure, inspired him to learn as much as he possibly could about parrots. During his research, he stumbled upon the tale of the Carolina Parakeet. His research lead him to write a lengthy paper about the Carolina Parakeet and the Monk Parakeet (Quaker Parrot). In the course of writing that paper, Mr. Sigmon learned of Reconciliation Ecology and the vast body of thought regarding ecological theory and policy. Since that time, he has traveled the country talking at conventions and club gatherings about the ways that ecological philosophy and bird keeping overlap. He is a member of AFA, ASA, ICA, IPS, the Texas Ornithological Society, and is a Certified Aviculturist, Level II. In his professional life, Mr. Sigmon is an award-winning composer of music for choir, soloists, orchestra, chamber ensemble, and organ. He has composed three one-act operas and one full-length opera, all of which have been produced. He is a performer as actor, singer, and conductor.

Sponsored By:

National Parrot Rescue and Preservation Foundation

LoraKim Joyner

An Overflight of Parrot Conservation in the Americas

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Rev. LoraKim Joyner is both a wildlife veterinarian and Unitarian Universalist minister, currently as a community minister affiliated with the Community Unitarian Universalist Congregation at White Plains. She draws on her training as a Certified Trainer in Nonviolent Communication and over 33 years as a conservationist and wildlife veterinarian to co-lead One Earth Conservation. With her team, they support others through their international Nurture Nature Program that seeks to empower the people saving the planet. She directs projects in Latin America to stand in solidarity and witness to the plight of the parrots of people there, and do what she can. One Earth's projects extend to Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Paraguay, Guyana, Brazil, French Guiana, and Suriname. She has written two books, “Conservation in Time of War,” and “Nurturing Discussions and Practices.” Currently she serves as the Acting Secretary of the Parrot Researchers Group.

Sponsored By:

One Earth Conservation