Parrot Society of New Zealand

Dr Jason Crean (USA)DrJasonCreen

Jason Crean, MS, EdD is a degreed biologist, an avid aviculturist specializing in the propagation of green aracaris and white-backed mousebirds, President of The Avicultural Society of Chicagoland, and First Vice-President for the American Federation of Aviculture. Crean often speaks to avicultural groups across the country and acts as consultant to zoos and other institutions, including the Wildlife Genetics lab at Loyola Medical Center and Chicago Nature Museum. He specializes in taking actual scientific research, like that of the Genetics lab, and incorporating it into classroom lessons to illustrate how science affects conservation. As Education Chair for the AFA, he has begun incorporating this work so students around the world can view the importance of Aviculture in their classrooms. He also runs a live animal education program that does free interactive programs for a host of different audiences.


Dr. Crean is also a biology instructor at the high school and university levels and a curriculum designer and instructor in the Education Department at the Chicago Zoological Society. Crean has been awarded the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science Teaching, the highest award a teacher can receive in the US, by President Obama in 2009, the 2010 High School Science Teacher of the Year by the American Association for the Advancement of Science, as well as awards from the National Science Teachers Association, the National Association of Biology Teachers, the Illinois Science Teachers Association, among others. Most recently he was awarded the 2016 Golden Apple award for excellence in teaching. He serves as President for the Illinois Science Teachers Association, President for the Illinois Association of Biology Teachers, and sits on the Board of Directors for the Association of Presidential Awardees in Science Teaching and the College Board's National Science Advisory Panel.


As a committee we have observed the work that Jason has been involved in over a few years and we have been inspired by his passion to share his knowledge and experiences with others.
He is a pioneer in developing alternative feeding opportunities for our birds to enjoy with extremely positive feedback from users of his methods.
We are truly honoured to be able to host Jason during our convention and thank him for his commitment to ensure a successfull event.
















Jason will be speaking on the following subjects:

Zoo - trition: The Importance of Raw Whole Foods
The Incorporation of Teas into Animal Husbandry


Michael Lee - Aviculturist (AUS)


Michael embarked on his aviculture journey at early age, breeding budgerigars with his father as a hobby. Michael maintained his interest in budgerigar breeding until his interests matured into other areas of aviculture.

After meeting his partner, who also had an interest in aviculture but a particular focus on macaws, soon became a joint adventure in macaws. Their journey started with a pair of Blue & Gold Macaws, followed by a second pair six months later, to now over 70 Macaws in their collection. This passion built the foundations and the official formation of the Australian Macaw Research Centre (AMRC). The AMRC is the first and only private research centre dedicated to the research of macaws in Australia, and the second private research centre to be admitted into Species 360.


Michael has a particular interest in macaw diet and nutrition, and tracing particular blood lines to the original imports of macaws into Australia. With the cessation of macaw importation into Australia, the blood line traceability has proven to be quite valuable data for husbandry purposes. Michael has researched every AMRC macaw blood line extensively back to the original importation. This information is then entered into sophisticated software, which then can be used to compile detailed reports.

The AMRC collects and shares data with other international research centres, breeders and conservationists, endeavouring to educate and assist in macaw conservation both in Australia and on International platforms.
In later 2017, the AMRC is relocating to 50 acres, where further research and expansion can occur. This will include zoological enclosures being designed and built with the implementation of new technologies.


Michael will be speaking on the following subjects:

Unveiling Macaw Mysteries, Diet with a Difference
Uncovering those Speculations, Choosing a Macaw