Steve Martin

An internationally-known animal trainer, Steve Martin has pioneered the art of training a variety of birds and animals through positive reinforcement. He is has been a master falconer for over 40 years and a parrot trainer for more than 45. 

Steve’s training experience includes hundreds of species of birds and mammals. He is a Trustee with the World Parrot Trust, served for 12 years as a Core Team Member of The California Condor Recovery Team, and has served as a behavior consultant for the Hawaiian Crow and Hawaiian Hawk conservation projects. Steve serves on Association of Zoos and Aquariums’s Animal Welfare Committee and teaches AZA animal training workshops. He is an organizational team member and instructor for the RECON: Reconnecting with Elephants in Protected Contact Workshop. He is also the founder of IAATE (International Association of Avian Trainers and Educators) and has served as its President multiple times. Steve spends approximately 200 days a year traveling to zoological facilities around the world serving as a behavior and visitor experience consultant, or producing educational animal programs. He has now worked at over 120 zoological facilities in more than 20 different countries. Steve has been certified as a professional bird trainer (CPBT-KA) by the International Avian Trainers Certification Board and is a Certified Avian Behavior Consultant.

Steve is known for his commitment to conservation and education. He founded the Natural Encounters Conservation Fund (NECF) which to date has raised more $1 300 000 in support of conservation projects. Each show he produces has a strong conservation education message, and Earth Day is an official holiday at his company.