Animal Science: Captive Raptor Management - Summer College Programs

Cornell University

  • July 16 2017

  • New dates coming soon

  • 10th - 12th

  • Yes


Captive Raptor Management / Cornell Summer College Programs for High School Students The information on this site pertains to the Summer College 2015 program. If you would like to be notified when 2016 information and applications are available, please join the Summer College announcement list. We also invite you to become a fan of our Summer College Facebook Page. Please see our Upcoming program dates page for 2016 program dates. In this program you'll learn how to care for and manage birds of prey based on traditional methods as well as modern principles of Animal Science and Veterinary Medicine. Through instructors, guest speakers, demonstrations, workshops with live raptors, and field trips you'll: learn about the identification and natural history of raptors; examine the scientific basis and merit of avian husbandry and breeding practices; gain hands-on experience in basic raptor care, management, and handling techniques; and discuss application of captive raptor management and breeding to reducing pressures on wild populations and restoring threatened and endangered species. complete the assigned reading (about 20 pages per class period), use the text and field guides online to learn about native and exotic raptors, be engaged in lecture and in lab activities, and take advantage of the extracurricular field trips to whatever extent you wish. You'll be enrolled in Captive Raptor Management and Propagation (ANSC 2140). This course meets Mondays through Fridays, 8:00-10:30 a.m., with labs on Mondays and Wednesdays or Tuesdays and Thursdays, 1:00-3:30 p.m.Dual Program Note: You may combine this program with a three-week 1 program to create a six-week Dual Program Raptors in Captivity: Guidelines for Care and Management* * The book will not be available in the Cornell bookstore. Instead, it can be purchased directly from the publisher (Hancock House), other vendors (Amazon, eBay, etc.), or from Professor Parks during orientation on Sunday, July 12. Students and their families are cordially invited to an informal graduation on Saturday, August 1 from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Students will each receive a Cornell University Summer College certificate and be able to take farewell photos with their friends and faculty. Note that attendance is not required, but is highly recommended and is a nice way to conclude the program. Dress is smart casual. Before making travel plans, review the checkout dates and times for your program. We strictly adhere to these deadlines. John Parks is a reproductive physiologist in the Department of Animal Science at Cornell. His research focus is on germ cell biology and assisted reproductive technology. Parks directs the Cornell Raptor Program, which promotes raptor conservation through rehabilitation, captive breeding, and public awareness programs. He earned his PhD at Virginia Tech. "Raptors, or birds of prey, capture the imagination perhaps more than any other species of wildlife. My avocational interest in raptors spans nearly four decades as a falconer, rehabilitator, breeder, and educator. I look forward to sharing knowledge and insights about the identification, natural history, and captive care and management of these magnificent birds through this unique summer session offering." _СУJohn Parks Program director Dr. John Parks gives an introduction to the Raptor Center at Cornell University. A Red-tailed Hawk pair has been nesting on a light pole 80 feet above Cornell University_Сйs athletic fields on Tower Road for at least the past four years. In 2012, we installed a camera to get a better look at these majestic birds as they raise their young amid the bustle of a busy campus. > more The Captive Raptor Management program ignited a passion in alumna Sarah Cudney (SC '07) and set her on a career path for vet school. As an undergraduate at Cornell, she served as president of Cornell_Сйs Pre-Veterinary Society and, in her senior year, became a TA for the course that had inspired her. She_Сйs now in her first year in Cornell_Сйs College of Veterinary Medicine. Read her story in the September 2012 issue of the College_Сйs Pre-Vet Newsletter. The following students have attended this program. Read about their experiences! "At CUSC I gained friendships, confidence, independence, information/knowledge, a taste of a college environment, familiarity with Cornell, and a wonderful summer. My favorite part of the Raptors program was working with the birds during our lab sessions." _СУ Teresa "NiNi" Yue "I gained a great experience with the vet program at Cornell. Working with the raptors... that was the coolest thing I have probably ever done. The professor, Dr. Parks, and the TAs had a lot of personal experience with the birds and it was very cool to listen to their stories... they taught very well and, if I had a question, they were always available to answer it." _СУ Joey LaMastro

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Ithaca, New York


July 16 2017

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Grade Levels

10th / 11th / 12th

Last Updated on

December 20 2019

Opportunity Types

Summer Program

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Start Date

July 16 2017

End Date

August 5 2017

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No multiple sessions

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