Care and Management of Captive Raptors Workshop

The Care and Management workshop is a four-day learning experience held at The Raptor Center, with hands-on training on the care and management of captive raptors. Two Care and Management workshops are offered October of 2019:

October 8-11, 2019 is currently full.

October 22-25, 2019 is currently full.

You can add your name to the waitlist for these workshops, and we will contact people if spots become available: Add yourself to the waitlistcare and management

This four-day intensive workshop will orient both the novice and expert bird manager to the finer points of caring for and maintaining captive raptors for educational purposes.

Highlights include:

  • Hands-on learning with our expert staff in our internationally renowned clinic
  • Work with live education raptors and the staff of our education department
  • Meet clinic veterinarians, including Dr. Julia Ponder
  • Work with Lori Arent, author of Raptors in Captivity

This is a four-day workshop. Lunch is included each day; note any dietary restrictions when registering. Please refer to our cancellation policy below

Workshop Topics
(subject to change)

Day 1

  • Enhance your organization's message through live education animals
  • Introduction to opperant conditioning
  • Should I accept this bird or not? Considerations when selecting a rehabilitated bird for education

Day 2

  • Advanced raptor anatomy and physiology (hands-on)
  • Basic raptor medical care (hands-on)
  • Emergency raptor medical care (hands-on)
  • Rats and fish and quail, oh my: raptor diet selection, storage, and preparation
  • Behavioral training techniques for education birds

Day 3

  • Education raptor handling 101:­ perching, crating, and transportation (hands-on)
  • Basic exam procedures: restraining raptors, weight assessment and checking foot condition (clinic hands-on)
  • Education raptor housing: a review of specific considerations in design
  • Managing raptor health and well-being: coping/trimming/physical checks for education birds (hands-on)

Day 4

  • Emergency care skills: basic bandaging, hemostasis, and administering fluids (clinic hands-on)
  • Raptor handling: techniques for handling education raptors in programs, bird escapes, and more
  • Training demonstrations for education raptors

Cost is $960. Lunch for all four days is included in the registration fee. Please note in detail any dietary restrictions during the registration process.

Lodging, transportation and evening meals are the responsibility of the participant.  The conference hotel is the Radisson Hotel Roseville, 2540 N. Cleveland Avenue, Roseville, MN 55113.  Phone is 651-636-4567.  Reservations made before September 20, 2019, are guaranteed a room at $109.00/night.  Shuttle service from the hotel to The Raptor Center for each day of the conference is provided. For transportation options from the Minneapolis/St Paul airport to the hotel, click here

October 8-11, 2019 is currently full.

October 22-25, 2019 is currently full.

You can add your name to the waitlist for these workshops, and we will contact people if spots become available: Add yourself to the waitlist


  • Cancellations received 6 weeks before the workshop start date: Full tuition refund
  • Cancellations between 2 weeks and 6 weeks before workshop start date: Subject to a $100 cancellation fee
  • Cancellations within 2 weeks of the workshop start date: 50% tuition refund
  • 24 hours or less before workshop start: No refund is available

NOTE: The workshop is subject to cancellation if it does not reach its minimum required enrollment. Participants will be notified of cancellation no later than 30 days before the start of the workshop and will receive a full refund. To assist participants in making airfare and hotel accommodations, workshop confirmation notices will be sent out to all registered participants once the minimum required enrollment has been reached.

For more information about the workshop, contact Mike Billington at 612-624-9750 or