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Symposium Preview

By Gilly Lloyd

A Magical Journey Awaits You - at the 6th International Parrots International Symposium

We’re within weeks of our 2010 Symposium, and if you’d like to attend, but haven’t yet reserved your place, let us tempt you with our preview of what you’ll be able to enjoy.

The Symposium will be held at the US Grant Hotel, San Diego, California, from May 13 - 15.

View the Symposium preview at http://www.vimeo.com/10546851, created by NBC editor Pablo Anchante

Our line-up of speakers includes:

    • Jaime Jimenez, PhD
    • Darrel Styles. DVM, PhD
    • LoraKym Joiner, DVM
    • Ryan Watson
    • Sara Inés Lara
    • Paul Salaman, PhD
    • Pedro Scherer Neto, MS
    • Steve Martin 
    • Rosemary Low
    • Nigel Collar, PhD
    • Olivier Chassot, MA
    • Prof Mike Perrin, PhD
    • Mariangela da Costa Allgayer, PhD
    • Mark Stafford, DDS, PI President,
    • Omar Gonzalez
    • Yara Barros, PhD 

Species to be covered range from the Slender-billed Conure in Chile to the Blue Macaws of Al Wabra Wildlife Preservation, and Brazil’s Red-tailed Amazons, and Green-winged and Hyacinth Macaws. The Pyrrhura Conure, Great-green Macaw, and the indigenous parrots of Africa, Madagascar and the Mascarene Islands will all be under discussion as well.

Unsurprisingly, conservation features prominently amongst the topics to be discussed, and there’ll also be presentations on Avian Bornavirus, health monitoring in Brazil, 10 years of saving parrots in Colombia, and what the wild can teach our pets.

An optional extra will be a day visit to San Diego Zoo, during which Steve Martin’s team will present a lecture/demonstration of the training techniques and concepts which he and his trainers at Natural Encounters have developed, and there’ll also be a visit to the new Elephant Odyssey Exhibit… followed by an exclusive after-hours VIP Zoo catered dinner overlooking the zoo animals.

Details on the Symposium can be found on the Parrots International website at: http://www.pisymposium.org/

and more information on the speakers and their topics at: http://www.pisymposium.org/symposium-2010/speakers/

The Venue:

The US Grant is the only four star, four diamond, hotel in downtown San Diego, and is offering an amazing group rate for the Symposium. It is set in exceptional surroundings in a landmark historic venue with unsurpassed personalized services. San Diego continues to offer the finest climate and the most robust selection of leisure activities of any west coast destination, from sports to arts to famed beaches and parks, Sea Port Village, Sea World, the San Diego Zoo and the San Diego Wild Animal Park.

For Hotel Reservations visit http://www.starwoodmeeting.com/Book/parrotsintl

We look forward to seeing as many of you as possible there!

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