Course description

This course will provide students with an introduction to captive raptor management. The course structure will include a weekly classroom lecture and a complementary hands-on laboratory training session utilizing resident birds of prey and facilities of the Cornell Raptor Program. Topics of instruction will include natural history and adaptations of various bird of prey species, safe handling of captive raptors, nutritional requirements, health care, behavior and training, and the ethics of maintaining captive raptors. This class is recommended for freshman and sophomore students or individuals with no previous experience with the Cornell Raptor Program. Course will include animal handling and chores related to raptor care.

Outcome 1: Understand and communicate basic knowledge of raptor physiology and North American species, adaptations, habitat, and conservation status.

Outcome 2: Demonstrate and communicate the safe handling of birds of prey to minimize stress and potential injury to the bird and injury to the handler.

Outcome 3: Be familiar with behavioral cues and use basic gear in the capture, restraint, and handling of birds of prey.

Outcome 4: Understand the basic nutritional requirements of birds of prey and management of nutrition and basic health care in captivity.

Outcome 5: Understand ethical concerns and debates in maintaining captive birds of prey.

Outcome 6: Work efficiently and effectively in a group as a team member with equal contribution towards required material.

Outcome 7: Demonstrate an openness and respect for diverse backgrounds, opinions, and experiences towards subject matter.

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Previously offered classes

The next offering of this course is undetermined at this time.