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Raptor Rehab Course At Wake Technical Community College
This is the class part of our 5 week raptor rehab class. It is 2.5 hours per night one night each week. This class goes IN_DEPTH about what to expect from Raptor rehabilitation. This course does not give you a license, it gives you some of the experience and knowledge required to apply for federal and state raptor rehab licenses. That means it gives a portion of the needed credits, not all of them. The requirements for the federal license are 100 hours experience within a 1 year time. The course provides 12.5 hours class time and 6 hours of hands on experience. To get your license you will need to work with a licensed rehabber for the rest of the hours needed within 1 year for the course to apply towards licensing. At this time the course is only available 2 times per year. As to what the class covers, it is quite a bit. The first class lays out the "things you should know by the end of class" as the following: -Realities of rehab (survival rates, feeding and medicating, etc) -Time commitments (what is necessary and possible) -Rehab politics (dealing with other rehabbers and government, and people in general) -Identifying raptors (understanding the birds and learning their behavior) -Capturing raptors (what you need to catch the birds without hurting them further) -Basic First Aid (what to do on site and how to know if it needs a vet) -Contacts for vet and rehab care (people in the area who know what they are doing) -Licensing requirements (how to get licensed) -Basic Maintenance and care of injured birds (how to care for birds once they are in your hospital) These are general topics, specifics include how to equip your wildlife hospital, where to get the things you need, specific treatments and emergency measures, euthanasia and the laws, how to make your own raptor control equipment and more. There are 3 labs with practice of the procedures on live birds. labs include holding and restraining the birds, examining the birds, how equipment works, and more. This class has been approved by the NC Veterinary Board for vet and vet tech Continuing Education Credits.

Wake Technical Community College - Northern Wake Campus

6600 Louisburg Road · Raleigh, NC

What we're about

AWR meet ups are actually live raptor education presentations that The American Wildlife Refuge (AWR) does for the public and are attended by quite a few people. The events are often part of a larger event hosted by someone who asks us there. The larger events sometimes have fees, and sometimes do not. Those fees, if any, are listed in the meet up description of the individual meet up.

Many of the AWR meet ups are refuge volunteers standing in front of a large crowd and talking, and others are us set up in a festival somewhere and people walking by and learning about the birds.

We also have classes and cover dish events that are more like the 'classic meet up' events, where no one but the group is involved. The majority of our meet ups are presentations about our birds to the public.

The American Wildlife Refuge is a raptor rescue and nature education center. Our (501c3) all volunteer charity holds one of only 22 Raptor Rehab licenses in North Carolina. We rescue Eagles, Hawks, Owls, Falcons, Kites, Vultures, and Blue Herons.

We have a small flock of non releasable birds we bring to locations for educational presentations and charity shows. We also teach about the birds in nature, and in rehab with our live ambassadors.

This group will be a way for volunteers and friends of the refuge to find out about events and to join us in helping these magnificent animals. If you join this group, you are a friend of the refuge. If you want to volunteer, you need to contact one of the organizers and they will help you.

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