Take a walk on the wild side at Carolina Raptor Center's Raptor Trail.
Catch wonder by the tail with our formal and informal education programs. Children 3 to 93 will delight the science and natural history of 38 raptor species and how they have inspired human invention.
Staff and volunteers at this hidden hospital in the woods treats over 900 injured and orphaned birds a year – more than any other US raptor center. Over 70% are released back into the wild!
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Carolina Raptor Center is now offering two options for online professional development and continuing education for professionals who work alongside raptor ambassadors. The information presented in each class is based on the organization’s 36 years of experience from our industry leading staff. These classes are designed to provide participants with the knowledge and skills necessary to improve the welfare of their raptor ambassadors through training, husbandry and medical care.
Don’t have time to take an entire course? Join us for these hour-long virtual classes covering a wide variety of topics. Classes are offered on an individual basis and occur once a month. Each class is 60 minutes long, followed by a Q&A session.
**Group rates are available for groups with 3 or more people. Discounts available for taking all 6 classes. For more information, please email us**
**NEW** Raptor Academy CLASS SCHEDULE 2022
The Raptor Training 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.
**Group rates are available for groups with 3 or more people. For more information, please email us**
**NEW** Raptor Training Course FALL 2022 Dates and Topics
Classes held each Tuesday from 4:00-5:30pm EST
MENTORSHIP ADD-ON (+$100)
New to this series is the option to sign up for a month long mentorship program. The goal of the mentorship program is to help individuals apply the knowledge from the seminar series to their organization with the help of one-on-one assistance by our Certified Professional Bird Trainers (CPBT-KA).
Class Instructor Biographies
Sunny Cooper is the Hospital Manager at Carolina Raptor Center. She has been working with raptors for the past 10 years. She is dedicated to the medical care of both wild and resident patients, in addition to general hospital operations, managing volunteers and the internship program. She has extensive experience performing wildlife triage, wellness examinations and assisting in surgical procedures with Dr. Dave Scott (DVM). She is committed to exceptional raptor welfare and continuing education for herself and providing those resources for others. She has a B.S. in Biology and Environmental Studies with a concentration in Conservation Biology from Warren Wilson College, NC
Kristin Dean, CPBT-KA is the Director of Birds at Carolina Raptor Center. She has been working with birds, primarily raptors, for over 16 years. Currently, Kristin oversees the Raptor Rehabilitation Program and Resident Animal Programs at Carolina Raptor Center. Her experience in rehabilitating, training, and caring for raptors has resulted in a depth of raptor specific knowledge. She has worked alongside Avian Veterinarians and has performed thousands of physical exams, diagnostics, lab work, medical procedures, and necropsies, routine coping, equipment changes, talon trims and feather exams. She uses information gathered from health examinations to improve raptor welfare by suggesting habitat improvements, treatment options, and training plans. Kristin is driven to help improve the welfare of animals in human care. She shares information through CRC seminars, NEI’s TEC Talks, and IAATE papers, presentations, and articles. She currently serves as a general board member on the IAATE Board of Directors, Chairs the IAATE Education Committee and serves on the Conservation Committee and Professional Development Committee.
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 enclosure 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.
Colleen Hartman, CPBT-KA is the Curator of Birds at Carolina Raptor Center. She has been working with a variety of species including raptors and non-raptor birds of prey for over 8 years. Colleen is responsible for the care and management of the entire collection of resident birds at Carolina Raptor Center as well as training staff on implementing the most up to date training practices. She has experience working with birds of prey in dynamic show settings as well as training foundation behaviors for husbandry and on the glove programming. Colleen has been hosting raptor training and husbandry seminars since 2016 and has aided other facilities in their understanding and application of raptor behavior, training, husbandry care, and overall welfare through the teaching of formal classes, workshops, and consultation work.
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.