Learn how to train and care for your organization's birds

Carolina Raptor Center is now offering online seminars for professionals who work alongside raptor ambassadors. The information presented in each seminar is based on the organization’s 36 years of experience from our industry leading staff. The classes within each seminar are designed to provide the participants with the knowledge and skills necessary to improve the welfare of their raptor ambassadors through training, husbandry and medical care.

Each course includes five consecutive webinar classes that occur once a week. Each class is 90 minutes long, followed by a question and answer session. By request, we have added a 5th week to each session: a panel discussion.  This 45 minute class will include Raptor Center staff members with different expertise sitting down to discuss prepared topics, take a deeper dive into previous questions, and answer any new questions from participants. 


  • Each seminar is offered in four 90-minute sessions and one 45-minute discussion panel.
  • For those that may not be able to attend the live class, each participant will receive a recording of every class.
  • Class sizes are limited in size to enhance the opportunity for questions and discussion.
  • Seminar attendees will receive 50% off consulting rates for up to 6 months, see raptor consulting for more information. 
  • CEUs are available for IATCB. Please contact us for more information.

Discounts are given when multiple seminars are purchased at the same time. 

  • 1 seminar: $200
  • 2 seminars: $350
  • 3 seminars: $500

**Group rates are available for groups with 3 or more people.  For more information, please email us**


**NEW** CLASS SCHEDULE 2021/2022

Raptor Husbandry Course: October/November 2021 
Tuition: $200  
Classes held each Tuesday from 2:00-3:30 pm 
  • October 5: Raptor First Aid 
  • October 12: Capture and Restraint 
  • October 19: Beaks and Feet 
  • October 26: Raptor Enrichment 
  • November 2: Panel Discussion 2:00-2:45pm
Raptor Training Course: November/December 2021 
Tuition: $200  
Classes held each Tuesday from 2:00-3:30pm 
  • November 9: Raptor Behavior and Communication
  • November 16: Food Management 
  • November 30: Raptor Training Techniques
  • December 7: Ambassador Birds: Selection and Management 
  • December 14: Panel Discussion 2:00-2:45pm
Raptor Medical Care Course: January/February 2022  
Tuition: $200  
Classes held each Tuesday from 2:00-3:30pm 
  • January 4: Raptor Anatomy 
  • January 11: Feathers and Imping 
  • January 18: Bandaging Basics 
  • January 25: Common Injuries and Treatment   
  • February 1: Panel Discussion 2:00-2:45pm

Class sizes are limited in size to enhance the opportunity for questions and discussion.  For this reason, there will be no refunds within 14 days of the first class.

Class Instructor Biographies

Sunny Cooper is the Rehabilitation Coordinator at Carolina Raptor Center. She is dedicated to the daily care of patients, general operations of the hospital, resident health checks and managing hospital volunteer and internship programs. Sunny has a B.S. in Biology and Environmental Studies with a concentration in Conservation Biology from Warren Wilson College. She has been teaching hands-on environmental education and outdoor leadership in addition to working with raptors for the past 10 years.

Kristin Dean is the Director of Birds at Carolina Raptor Center. She has a B.A. in Environmental Studies and has been working with birds, primarily raptors for over 16 years. Currently, Kristin oversees CRC’s Raptor Rehabilitation Program and Animal Ambassador Program. She has a strong commitment to conservation and is passionate about sharing her knowledge and experience with others to improve the welfare of animals in human care.  Kristin is a Certified Professional Bird Trainer (CPBT-KA) and has hosted numerous seminars at CRC as well as presented at international conferences. She currently serves as a General Board member on the Board of Directors for the International Association of Avian Trainers and Educators (IAATE).

Mathias Engelmann is the Senior Rehabilitation Coordinator at Carolina Raptor Center. He is involved in the daily care of patients at CRC’s hospital, including new patient admissions, supervising volunteers and interns, and cage maintenance and repairs. Mathias specializes in cage design and construction and manages CRC’s banding database.Mathias earned a B.A. in Biology from UNCC and has worked at CRC since 1983. Over the past 30+ years, he has attended and presented at numerous regional and national professional wildlife meetings. He has also co-hosted numerous on-site rehabilitation seminars at CRC.

Carly Ouzts is the Medical Manager at Carolina Raptor Center. She is responsible for the overall care and management of the avian patients in the Raptor Hospital. She assists in surgery, supervises the medical staff, volunteers, and interns, along with various other duties to keep the hospital running smoothly. A graduate of Furman University with a B.S. in Biology, Carly has been working with raptors for 13 years.

Colleen Roddick is the Training Manager at Carolina Raptor Center and has been working with raptors for over six years. She oversees the 46 ambassador birds used for educational programming and in CRC's Bird Show that showcases free-flighted birds of prey. Colleen has been hosting seminars since 2016, is a current member of the International Association of Avian Trainers and Educators (IAATE), and is a Certified Professional Bird Trainer (CPBT-KA).

Dr. David Scott is a veterinarian who helps Carolina Raptor Center and assists with the medical care of up to 1,000 injured birds of prey each year. He earned a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the Univ. of Illinois in 1988 and his DVM in 1997. His specialties include orthopedic surgery and bioinformatics and he has developed the RaptorMed medical management software system in use at many major rehabilitation facilities worldwide. In addition to the 3rd edition of his book, "Raptor Medicine, Surgery and Rehabilitation", he just recently published "The red-tailed hawk: A surgical dissection", a detailed, layer-by-layer dissection of a common wildlife species.