Harteman Wildfowl, presented by Jan Harteman

Waterfowl Conservation Workshops

Initiated by the International Wild Waterfowl Association (IWWA)

The first Waterfowl Conservation Workshops was developed out of the need for a forum for up and coming waterfowl conservationists to come together to discuss pertinent and timely topics relating to waterfowl in captivity and in the wild, particularly rare and endangered species. 


2016 Future of Waterfowl Conservation Workshop

The IWWA's inaugural Future of Waterfowl Conservation Workshop (February 2016) was held at the Sylvan Heights Bird Park in Scotland Neck, North Carolina USA. Over 65 young waterfowl conservationists and enthusiasts from across the United States, Europe, Canada and Brazil joined together to discuss topics such as captive propagation, verterinary care, education and conservation. The initial response was overwhelmingly positive and we quickly ran out of room.


2018 Waterfowl Conservation Workshop 


Future of Waterfowl Conservation Workshop 2016


Schedule of presentations
Captive propagation, feb. 26, 2016
  • State of the waterfowl
    Mike Lubbock, executive director, Sylvan Heights Waterfowl
  • Population Management of Anseriformes in AZA
    Keith Lovett, director, Buttonwood Park Zoo
  • Photoperiod Manipulation of northern nesting waterfowl
    Jacob Kraemer, curator, Pinola Preserve
  • Changing aviculture at the Pentshorpe Conservation Trust
    Kat McPherson, aviculture warden, Pentshorpe Conservation Trust
  • Baer's pochard in the US: an assurance and research population for raising public awareness
    Jamie Ries, bird supervisor, Minnesota Zoo
  • Observations and Insights into Captive Wildfowl in the UK
    Phoebe Young, aviculture warden, WWT Slimbridge
  • Back to the Future! Aviculture then and now
    Nick Hill, curator of birds, Sylvan Heights Avian Breeding Center
Veterinary care, feb. 27, 2016
  • Common diseases and toxins in captive waterfowl collections
    Dr. Laurie Degernes, professor, NC State Univ. College of Veterinary Medicine
  • Common injuries in captive waterfowl collections: how recognize problems and recruit the help of a veterinarian
    Dr. Michele Goodman, Wright Veterinary Medical Center
  • Avian tuberculosis and captive sustainability of the White-winged wood duck (Asacornis scutulata)
    Dr. Kim Cook, director of Animal Health and Conservation, Akron Zoo
  • Current knowledge in waterfowl nutrition
    Dr. Liz Koutsos, director, Mazuri Exotic Animal Nutrition
Education, feb. 27, 2016
  • Waterfowl as a key subject in vocational education
    Jan Harteman, teacher, Groenhorst Barneveld
  • Ambassador Animal Collections: impacting avian awereness
    Juan Romero, associate curator of trained animal programs, Toledo Zoo
  • White-winged wood duck research at the Hiram College James H. Barrow Biological Field Station
    Jim Metzinger, associate director of the J.H. Barrow Field Station
  • Avian influanza: outreach education in a crisis
    Clayton Botkin, C. Botkin Enterprises
Conservation, feb. 28, 2016
  • Brazilian merganser captive reproduction project
    Robert Kooij, general manager, Zooparque Itatiba
  • The natural history and conservation of the scaly-sided merganser
    Chuck Cerbini, curator of birds, Toledo Zoo
  • Science using captive birds to address management & conservation priorities
    Alicia Berlin, wildlife biologist, USGS Patuxent Wildlife Research Center
  • Steller's eiders: the road to recovery
    Tasha DiMarzio, avian curator, Alaska SeaLife Center
  • The waterfowl of North America, preview of a new handbook
    Frank S. Todd, president, Ecocepts International
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