Welcome to the Parrot Division

The Parrot Division began as an independent organization whose members decided in 2004 to join the IAABC. Our goal is to raise the standards of professional parrot consultants by mutual cooperation among the membership, as well as to share both scientific knowledge and personal experience. The Parrot Division seeks to educate and mentor aspiring individuals who are less experienced in the field of parrot behavioral consulting, as well as continually expanding the knowledge of the more experienced members. By so doing, the Parrot Division strives to contribute to the contentment of hundreds of divergent species of parrots and their keepers.

Patricia K. Anderson, PhD, CPBC

Patricia K. Anderson, Ph.D., CPBC on May 12, 2015

Patricia K. Anderson, PhD, CPBC
Patricia K. Anderson, PhD, CPBC

Pat Anderson is an anthropologist, anthrozoologist, and archaeologist who has been studying the human-avian bond since 1999. Pat completed her PhD in anthropology at the University of Chicago (1998). She annually teaches a senior/graduate level course in Anthrozoology, the study of human-animal relationships, to students in the Zoo & Aquarium Studies Program and others at Western Illinois University where she is tenured as Associate Professor. Pat has presented her research into the human-avian bond both nationally and internationally to organizations such as the Annual Parrot Lover’s Cruise, the American Federation of Aviculture, the International Society for Anthrozoology, Midwest Sociology Annual Meeting, Annual Meeting of the American Sociological Association, and the Midwest Fur Fest. This research has resulted in a number of peer-reviewed conference presentations, peer-reviewed articles, a scientific book chapter, and book reviews. Pat is a co-editor of the peer-reviewed journal, Anthrozoös, which is published by the International Society for Anthrozoology.

Pat established a background in animal behavior and training through successful completion of courses with Dr. Susan Friedman, Steve Martin, Wouter Stellaard, Cassie Malina and other training staff at Natural Encounters, Inc., in Winter Haven, Florida, and Lara Joseph at the Animal Behavior Center, Sylvania, Ohio, and Ken Ramirez at the John G. Shedd Aquarium, Chicago, IL. She maintains and improves her knowledge of animal behavior through reading professional journals, attending workshops held by the IAABC and Karen Pryor Clicker Academy and other organizations, and through work with her own birds and the animals of clients. Pat is a member of the International Association of Avian Trainers and Educators, the American Federation of Aviculture, the Avicultural Society of America, the Quaker Parakeet Society, the International Association of Anthrozoology, the American Anthropological Association, and the Society for American Archaeology. She has owned a parrot since 1998 and currently lives with three Quaker and two Pionus parrots, and her very patient husband, Steve Monger. The careful arrangement of the antecedent environment and the thoughtful application of positive reinforcement have led her to a much stronger and more positive bond with her own parrots, and she is eager to help others develop and maintain more positive relationships with their birds.

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