"History in the Making: The Future of Behavior Management and Its Role In Conservation"
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Did you know that ABMA's Behavior Management Fund (BMF) committee has a travel scholarship available for one lucky member at each of our annual conferences? Abstract deadline for the BMF Travel Scholarship has passed. Please submit the complete BMF Travel Scholarship application package to be considered.
This scholarship is to assist an ABMA member whose institution is unable to give them financial support. The Travel Scholarship will help the award recipient by giving them the ability to present their work and it will help the organization by giving ABMA members the opportunity to hear presentations that the membership otherwise would not have the opportunity to hear and as such, the Travel Scholarship supports the ABMA Core Value of “Sharing the Knowledge.”
The scholarship will provide:
• Transportation: Up to $500.00 reimbursed at Conference with receipt of purchased ticket or based on government per diem if driving, verification of mileage is required.
• Hotel room for the entire conference.
• Conference registration fee (including site visits, the banquet, and any meals included with registration).
*Airport to hotel transportation and meals on your own will not be provided.
• Applicant must be an ABMA member in good standing. ABMA membership must be valid through the dates of the conference for the given Travel Scholarship Award year.
• Applicant may not have received this scholarship in the previous year.
• Applicant must submit the complete application form including required signature and abstract by the deadline and if selected, be able to present at the conference. Incomplete submissions will not be considered. It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure application materials are complete; applicants will not be notified if the application materials are incomplete.
There are 3 required components of the BMF Travel Scholarship application:
1. Application Form.
2. Abstract Submission Form. The complete abstract submission form (both pages) must be included with the application for consideration.
3. Travel Scholarship winner must officially accept the award within one week of email notification, otherwise the award will be offered to the runner-up.
Abstract review will be based on quality of the abstract, content and subject matter of the paper, application of the ABMA mission statement, and incorporation of the theme of the conference. Please keep in mind that we receive a number of quality submissions each year, and not all abstracts can necessarily be accepted for presentation. When your abstract is accepted for either a poster or presentation you are required to submit a paper for the conference proceedings prior to presenting. This submission deadline is one week before the conference- 1 April 2018. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the Conference Content Advisory Committee Co-Chair, Christine McKnight, at email@example.com or the 2018 Vice President, Missy Lamar, at firstname.lastname@example.org
Detailed timeline for Abstract Submissions will be posted in late October.
January- abstracts due
February- notifications to presenters
February- presenters accept/decline
April- papers due for proceedings
Weekly Registration Pricing:
Weekly registrations are for the week of 8-13 April 2018. The evening of the 8th is our icebreaker. The evening of the 13th is our banquet. The icebreaker and the banquet are included in the cost of your weekly registration- do not purchase these from the a la carte menu unless you plan to have an extra person attend for that event only. There will be no weekly registrations the week before the conference to allow us time to compile accurate numbers to the hotel.
Member Early registration coming soon.
Non-member Early registration coming soon.
Member Full registration coming soon. Starting 1 April no weekly registrations will be available for purchase until the conference starts on 8 April.
Non-member Full registration coming soon. Starting 1 April no weekly registrations will be available for purchase until the conference starts on 8 April.
Member On-site registration will start 8 April 2018.
Non-member On-site registration will start 8 April 2018.
Daily Registration Pricing:
Daily registrations are for any day during the week of 8-13 April. The icebreaker on the evening of the 8th and the banquet on the evening of the 13th are extra- see A La Carte pricing below.
Member Daily Early registration coming soon.
Non-member Daily Early coming soon.
Member Daily Full registration coming soon.
Non-member Daily Full registration coming soon.
A La Carte Pricing:
Contact us if you have any questions.
100% until 30 days before the start of the conference
50% from 29 days until 8 days before the conference
No refunds starting the week before the conference
CONTINUING EDUCATION CREDITS (CEU's):
We will again be offering CEU's for a variety of organizations. Once the program is finalized we will submit for credits and post here. We normally offer CEU's for the following organizations:
We look forward to seeing you in San Antonio!
Last day to book the ABMA rate is 16 March. The ABMA rate is good 3 days before and after the conference based on availability. Please note there will be an additional $20.00 per person per night for each additional guest over double occupancy up to four (4) people total per room per night.
AMENITIES: Complimentary wireless internet in all guestrooms.
ROOMMATES: Need a roommate? We can help! We'll post contact info soon but you will need to submit the following information:
- Your gender
- What gender you wouldn’t mind sharing a room
- How many roommates you would like to have
- How many days you need a roommate
DINING: Do you have dietary restrictions? The hotel will be happy to accommodate you! Please inform them upon reserving your room and upon check-in of your dietary needs. Don't forget to let the ABMA know of your dietary restrictions during the online registration process.
Hotel Location: The conference hotel is the Marriot Plaza San Antonio located at 555 South Alamo Street, San Antonio, TX 78205
Directions from SAT: Details coming soon.
Basic transportation charges: Details coming soon.
WEATHER: details coming soon
INTERNATIONAL ATTENDEES: The legal drinking age in Texasis 21 years. The electrical outlets in the USA are probably different than at your home. You will need an adapter for your electronic devices as well as a power converter. Outlets in the US are 110V. The US will gladly accept all major credit cards such as Visa, Mastercard, Discover, and American Express. You may be charged an international usage fee, so check with your financial institution. What about tipping? Tipping is an often debated topic depending on the services used, but this reference will give you a good idea as to general numbers people often use when traveling in the US: http://www.myfoxtampabay.com/story/686949/travelers-tipping-guide
BACKGROUND ON SAN ANTONIO:
We are excited to welcome Jim Breheny as our Keynote Speaker at the 2018 ABMA Conference in San Antonio. If you don’t know who he is, check out Animal Planet’s show, The Zoo! He is helping to promote people learning more about what zoos are really all about including being leaders in wildlife conservation and education.
As Executive Vice President and General Director, Zoos and Aquarium and Director of the Bronx Zoo, Jim Breheny is responsible for the operation and management of the Bronx Zoo, the New York Aquarium, the Central Park, Prospect Park and Queens Zoos. Collectively, the zoos and aquarium house over 14,000 animals representing 1,500 species. Jim earned a B.S. in Biology from Manhattan College and an M.S. in Biology from Fordham University. He has been with WCS for 44 years, 36 years as a full-time staff member. A former Curatorial Science Fellow and Curator, he was named General Curator in 2004, Director of the Bronx Zoo in 2005 and was appointed General Director in 2011. Jim was an adjunct professor of Biology at Manhattan College from
1988 - 2005.
Jim is a Professional Fellow in the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) and on its Board of Directors, where he is currently Chair-elect of the AZA. Jim served on the AZA’s Membership and Professional Development Committees, the Field Conservation Committee (FCC) and as Board Liaison to the Wildlife Conservation Management Committee (WCMC) and Safety Committee. He is currently liaison to the AZA Accreditation Commission. Jim is a member of the Zoo Advisory Board of the Zoological Society of London (ZSL), on the Board of the Turtle Survival Alliance (TSA) and the Giant Panda Conservation Foundation (GPCF) and is a past board member of the International Iguana Foundation (IIF) and the Turtle Conservancy (TC) where he still serves as an advisor.
Barbara Heidenreich presenting Advanced Concepts in Animal Training and their Practical Application
In 1982 Barbara Heidenreich secured her first job working with animals in a veterinary hospital. After exploring different animal related jobs and receiving her degree in Zoology from the University of California at Davis in 1990, Barbara started her career as an animal trainer in a zoological park. She has been a professional trainer ever since.
Barbara provides consulting services to zoos, nature centers, universities and other animal facilities. She lectures regularly to the veterinary community and is an adjunct clinical instructor at Texas A & M University, Veterinary Medicine and Biological Sciences. Barbara is a former president of the International Association of Avian Trainers and Educators and served on the Board of Directors from 1997-2009. She volunteers her expertise to support conservation projects, The Kakapo Recovery Program and the Bird Endowment. In her career she has trained animals, trained staff, lectured and/or presented shows at over 60 facilities around the world.
Barbara has been a featured speaker on animal training in over twenty countries and has been published in nine languages. Barbara teaches learning theory as described by the science of behavior analysis. She is also passionate about teaching excellent animal training practical application skills. Barbara is thrilled to have had the opportunity to train thousands of animals, from rats to rhinos. This hands-on practice with so many different individual animals has been invaluable to helping her provide caregivers the tools they need to solve behavior problems and have a great relationship with the animals in their lives based on trust. Her goal is to leave behind a legacy of kindness to animals by sharing her expertise.
For her complete bio please visit http://animaltrainingfundamentals.com/about-us/
Research & Evaluation Workshop
Dr. Heather Hill, St. Mary's University and Dr. Rachel Walker, University of The Incarnate Word
Dr. Heather Hill completed her bachelor’s degree in Psychology at Texas A&M University, College Station with a minor in Oceanography in 1996. She earned her master’s (2000) and doctoral (2003) degrees from the University of Southern Mississippi under the mentorship of Dr. Stan Kuczaj. Dr. Hill spent 3 years working as a research assistant at the Navy Marine Mammal Program in San Diego, CA. Dr. Hill has been teaching psychology at St. Mary’s University, San Antonio, TX since 2007 and is an Associate Professor. Dr. Hill spent the first 10 years of her marine mammal career conducting research on the mother-calf relationship and social development of bottlenose dolphins in human care. She also studied mirror self-recognition and mirror use in dolphins and sea lions. Most recently, she has been studying the social behavior and cognitive abilities of belugas, killer whales, Pacific white-sided dolphins, bottlenose dolphins, and sea lions in human care through collaborations with SeaWorld San Antonio, Georgia Aquarium, Dr. Deirdre Yeater and Mystic Aquarium, Dr. Michael Noonan and Marineland, Dr. Kathleen Dudzinski and Dolphin Communication Project, the Houston Zoo, and several other facilities and collaborators.
Dr. Rachel Walker completed her bachelor’s degree (1999) and master’s degree in Biology and her doctoral degree (2005) in Experimental Psychology from The University of Southern Mississippi. Dr. Walker spent 10 years working at Charleston Southern University in which she was a Full Professor and the Chair of the Department of Behavioral Sciences. For the past three years she has been teaching at University of the Incarnate Word, San Antonio as an Associate Professor. Dr. Walker spent seven years conducting research on bottlenose dolphins in the wild and under professional care. She also focused on the potential impact of anthropogenic noise on sperm whales in the Gulf of Mexico in collaboration with The University of Southern Mississippi (USM), University of New Orleans (UNO), Naval Research Laboratory at Stennis Space Center (NRL-SCC), and the Naval Oceanographic office (NAVOCEANO). Most recently, Dr. Walker is examining patterns of behavior in a variety of mammals (e.g., beluga whales, bottlenose dolphins, elephants) under professional care. She has also conducted research in the areas of social-cognitive psychology and technology as well as scholarship of teaching and learning. Her teaching and research experience, with Biology and Psychology, has provided her with the skills to effectively share the knowledge and impact of research in the field of behavior and cognition.
Monday, 9 April
Tuesday, 10 April
San Antonio Zoo site visit
Wednesday, 11 April
Thursday, 12 April
Sea World site visit
Friday, 13 April
The banquet is Friday night and concludes the conference. Cocktails from 6:30-7:00 and dinner from 7:00-11:00.
Details will be posted as they are finalized. If you have questions, don't hesitate to contact us. We look forward to seeing you in San Antonio!