Robin Shewokis is the owner of The Leather Elves. 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 for enrichment targeting other species. Since then Robin has consulted at zoos in the US, Canada, Holland, and New Zealand and distributes enrichment products worldwide. Robin has consulting at facilities where she works with keepers doing workshops and assisting in creating enrichment programs. In addition she presents each facility with a full report of their enrichment programming and offers kudos for innovative opportunities and suggestions for enhancing the current structure.
In the companion parrot community Robin has spoken at numerous parrot clubs and conducted workshops that help companion bird owners, and aviculturists create a stimulating captive environment. Robin has published articles on enrichment in national and international publications.
Each summer for the past 5 years Robin has worked with Sid Price, owner of Avian Ambassadors in New Mexico to present a Raptor Handling course. Participants in this class learn the basics of the science of training, raptor enrichment and basic raptor handling with hands on experience.
Passionate about conservation, Robin has supported Blue Throated Macaw conservation through the Bird Endowment and World Parrot Trust as well as Kakapo conservation through The Kakapo Recovery Programme. A visit to New Zealand and the opportunity to hold a kakapo chick sold Robin on the flightless green parrot!
Robin is president of the International Association of Avian Trainers and Educators and advises their enrichment committee. She is also serves on the board of National Parrot Rescue and Preservation Foundation. In addition, Robin is a commercial member of the American Federation of Aviculture and the Massachusetts State Coordinator for AFA.
For More information on Robin and enrichment for your pets, click HERE.
Zoologist, animal behaviorist, and wildlife educator Karl Anderson has been doing wildlife presentations for schools, libraries, children’s hospitals, and nursing homes for over 25 years in Oregon, Washington, California, and Maryland.
Formally educated at California State University, Los Angeles, he holds degrees in zoology and journalism.
He was a keynote speaker for coast-to-coast shows for Animal Planet in Florida, Washington, D.C., Colorado, and California, and has made appearances on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, KCAL Channel 9 News, The Magic Hour, Good Day L.A., Home and Family, and several other shows.
For More Information on Karl Anderson - The Oregon Bird Man click HERE.
The falconer is owned and operated by John Prucich. John's professional and personal background is anchored in the field of birds. A duel BS/BA degrees in Biology with an emphasis in ornithology From the Evergreen State College. As well as a previous professional background working with zoo raptors for over three years with both the Woodland Park Zoo, and Northwest Trek Wildlife Park gaining fantastic public speaking and general public relations abilities. Personally, John is a licensed practicing Falconer in Washington State since 2010. John Started The Falconer out of his love of raptors, and to share that love with the public.
Dr. Sharla Ansorge earned her biology degree at UC Santa Cruz with plans to study animal behavior in the wild, but finding sick and injured animals in her study groups led her onto a different path. She discovered wildlife rehabilitation and began a 10-year career working with sick, injured, orphaned, and oiled native wild animals. Though Dr. A had been obsessed with cats since her birth, after specializing in aquatic birds and oil spill response for a few years, she also became quite the bird fanatic, bought a pair of binoculars to fuel her bird-nerdiness, and finally adopted a couple small parrots into her home. Eventually, she realized she really wanted to be veterinarian, so she spent a few years working (and, let’s be honest, playing) at Guide Dogs for the Blind to round out her domestic animal experience. In 2008, she graduated with honors from UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine with a lot of special focus on animal behavior, avian medicine, and feline medicine. She has continued to work with a wide variety of species during her life as a vet and has volunteered time at spay/neuter clinics and wildlife conservation facilities. She loves sharing the joy of our fascinating animals and nature with others.
Dr. A spends her free time entertaining, snuggling, and cleaning up after her two small parrots and two cats. She loves the outdoors, gardening, cooking, hiking, biking, kayaking, and especially birding, as well as spending lots of quality time with her husband and the rest of the family. She tries to avoid going anywhere without a pair of binoculars -- you just never know who you might see!
Bird watching 101
Whether you’ve never really noticed birds much and are starting to wonder what the fuss is all about, or you’ve been birding for a while now and are looking for some resources to help take your skills up a notch, you’ll find this talk is loaded with helpful information. We’ll cover the basics of how and where to get started, mastering binoculars, the mysteries of birdsongs, where to turn when you’re stuck, and how to get involved in citizen science projects. Birds are a beautiful, whimsical, and often stunning part of our everyday lives. Getting to know the birds around you, no matter where you go, can bring new joy and wonder to your life at every turn. Bird watching is one of the most delightful ways to connect with the natural world each day, and it’s easy to get started!
Indoor cat enrichment - a guide to keeping your tiny tigers healthy and happy
Most cats are big fans of the great outdoors, but that big world carries a host of dangers for our little kitty friends. Keeping cats indoors keeps them safe, and also keeps our small native wildlife safe from the clear dangers our predatory pets present. But when we limit cats’ access to their beloved outside world without providing an ideal environment and appropriate enrichment, it can lead to behavioral and physical health problems. This talk will explain the impacts of indoor living on our feline companions and outline how to keep your indoor cat happy, entertained, engaged, and healthy from kittenhood to the frisky golden years. Once you’re armed with the knowledge and resources you need, you’ll find it’s relatively simple to provide a truly excellent indoor lifestyle for your furry besties!
Orca Network is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization registered in Washington State, dedicated to raising awareness about the whales of the Pacific Northwest, and the importance of providing them healthy and safe habitats. A community is emerging that is increasingly attuned to the orca population, that cares about and tries to understand the needs of the resident and transient orcas that inhabit the Salish Sea.
Sally has owned pet pigs for 28 years. She and her late husband, were in Pet Pig rescue and have rescued as many as 35 pigs over the years.
Sally will be speaking about Potbellied pigs, their history in this country, home care, vet care, zoning, feeding, answering questions about them. Why pet pigs are not for everyone? Why there is no such thing as "teacup pigs"?
A special appearance by Sally's "teacup pig", Duffy.