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Neonatal Ungulates 1.00 This Webinar will be devoted to outlining general guidelines and special considerations for hand rearing hoofed stock. Neonatal hoofstock present us with special challenges when they are orphaned or neglected at birth. Caring for them requires specific husbandry procedures and protocols. An overview of the unique immune system and method of immune transfer in these animals along with protocols for managing colostrum deprived individuals will be highlighted.
The Fundamentals of Animal Learning Webinar 1.00 Animals, whether you are working with your pet at home or a 300 pound lion, are constantly learning about their environment. Animal care workers and animal trainers can use this behavioral knowledge to their advantage in animal management. Discover the importance of detailed observation of animal behaviors. Understanding reflexes and situations where reflexive behaviors are likely to occur will enable animal keepers to work safely in a potentially dangerous environment. Students will also discover a technology to reduce the stresses associated with daily animal management, improving animal welfare
Vertebrate Ethology Series: Team Building and Collaborative Research 1.00 Do you want to collect behavioral data to aid in decision-making about animal husbandry, but are not sure where to start? Listen in as a research team invites graduate students to join in the collaborative effort. In this webinar, you will learn more about the inquiry cycle and how it will be simplified into 8 steps that the team will complete together over the next 2 months. This team is investigating a "bull switching" treatment for managing big herds of African antelope. However, the inquiry process would be applicable for any research topic.
Inquiry Questions: Bridging Science and Practice 1.00 Does your staff have a lot of behavioral questions, but are not sure how to narrow the focus in a manner that will contribute most directly to an adaptive management approach? In this webinar, learn to analyze behavioral questions in terms of the 3 C's: challenges, choices and consequences. This process is the springboard to fine-tuning questions that can be answered in a manner to best aid in decision-making and in testing hypotheses
Research Design: Sampling Protocols 1.00 Now that you have your behavioral research question fairly well defined, how does this translate into a sampling protocol with a sound study design? Learn to distinguish between observation rules and recording rules. This is where you decide whether you will observe one focal individual at a time, or an entire focal group. The recording rules are about whether you decide to record all occurrences of one type of behavior, or use an instantaneous time-sampling technique. In this webinar, you will learn the pros and cons of various combinations of these sampling rules.
Simple Statistical Analysis: Non-parametric 1.00 You have collected behavioral data, now how do you decide which statistics to use to test your hypotheses? Learn about spreadsheets that will aid you in calculating the simple non-parametric tests suitable for most behavioral data. The first step is to plot your data and stare at it. A research team will demonstrate how to analyze bar graphs (contingencies), scattergrams (correlations) and box/whisker plots (means).
Volunteer Recognition on a Next-to-Nothing Budget 1.00 A mere 'Thank you' is not enough, and when budgets are tight how do we ensure volunteers feel appreciated, and are recognized for their service? Investigate several cost-effective strategies for recognizing volunteers for service milestones or going the extra mile. Explore spontaneous recognition ideas that may provide a fun new surge of energy with your volunteers and throughout your organization. It doesn’t have to cost a lot to be effective, heartwarming and/or fun
Research Implications for Practical Decisions 1.00 The researchers on your team have presented you with the results of their behavioral inquiry. Now you are ready to decide what this means in terms of adaptive management to meet your goals for the animals under your care. Listen as practitioners and researchers return to the "3 C's" to discuss the practical implications of a behavioral study
Best Practices in Red Panda Management 1.00 In this webinar attendees will learn about best practice husbandry techniques for red panda. The San Diego Zoo has had red pandas since the 1940’s. Nicki Boyd has worked with red panda for 20 years and has put together information on breeding, housing, nutrition, veterinary care, exhibit design, training, and enrichment. The webinar also contains some of the latest information on conservation of red panda in the wild. This webinar will go over the basic best practices from experts in red panda care and shows the San Diego Zoo’s red panda management of this
Data Collection: Videos, Check-sheets & Archives 1.00 Do you have an enthusiastic team of volunteers and are concerned about observer reliability? Learn how to fine-tune behavioral observation protocols to maximize accuracy and reliability. The advantages and disadvantages of video records and check-sheets will be discussed as well as ethograms. A workable process for recording and archiving video-data will be demonstrated, to facilitate efficient sharing within a team.