Jan. 14, 2015 LA Audubon Society's Monthly Program Presentation

Melissa Loebl presents: “Training Rehabilitated Free-Flight Birds Using Operant Conditioning Positive Reinforcement"

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Ms. Loebl will explore the subject of training rescued and rehabilitated free-flight birds for showing, using operant conditioning with an emphasis on positive reinforcement. Featuring the beauty and grace of these majestic birds to the public helps to bring awareness and support to their issues and needs. We will learn how training birds of prey, parrots and others can be done successfully using natural behaviors. We will examine successes and failures of bird training strategies.

Originally hailing from Oregon, Ms. Loebl studied at CSU Long Beach, receiving her B.A. in Psychology. She has completed a Graduate certificate in Wildlife Management and she hopes to continue to purse her Master’s degree in fisheries and wildlife administration through Oregon State University. She is an active member of the Raptor Research Foundation (RRF), the International Association of Avian Trainers & Educators (IAATE), the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) and the editor/founder of the Raptors of North America Facebook page. The Aquarium of the Pacific employed her as a marine mammal and bird trainer from 2005 to 2011. She’s currently an animal trainer for the LA Zoo, performs field biology work focusing on raptor biology and migration, and volunteers with South Bay Wildlife, teaching their education programs.

She is a wife and mother of two children, two dogs, two cats, two tortoises, and will soon to be adding a new addition to the family: a Peregrine falcon. Melissa is known for her passion for education and conservation of all wildlife and enjoys spending her free time outdoors with her family.

Los Angeles Audubon's monthly evening program presentations are held the 2nd Wednesday of the month (except for July and August) at the Audubon Center at Debs Park. Meetings start at 7:30 p.m. and are over at 9:30 p.m. Come early enjoy the nature, share your birding interests with like minded birders. Stay and enjoy the slideshow presentations. All are welcome!

Audubon Center at Debs Park
4700 North Griffin Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90031
Phone: 323-221-2255

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Published Western Tanager Vol. 81 No. 3 January/February 2015