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A woman weighing a golden eagle.

Kate Hanson, curator of birds at the Raptor Center, weighing Andi the golden eagle. An education bird's weight is closely monitored because a drop in weight could mean a medical problem and being overweight could lead to health problems.

U book becomes national standard for raptor care

From eNews, April 29, 2004

What type of perches do great horned owls like to stand on? How do you prepare a permanently disabled red-tailed hawk for public viewing? These questions and many more by licensed educators led staff at the U's Raptor Center to write Care and Management of Captive Raptors, which the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has adopted as the authority on using captive raptors in education. The book, published in 1996, is considered one of the most comprehensive references in the country addressing the care of raptors in captivity. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service law enforcement division recently chose to base new federal regulations on guidelines detailed in it. The book is currently being revised because the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will require raptor caretakers to read it when setting up a management plan for the raptors in their care. The second edition, scheduled for completion later this year, will include an expanded section on selecting an appropriate bird for educational use and an updated medical section on managing the threat of West Nile virus. The first edition covers topics such as permit requirements, selecting a bird of prey for education, diet, housing, equipment, training, and medical care. The demand for the book, co-authored by Lori Arent, Raptor Center clinic manager, and Mark Martell, a former field research specialist, has surprised everyone at the center who contributed their thoughts and experiences to the book. Thousands of copies have been sold. It's even available internationally and has been translated into Japanese for wildlife professionals in Japan. And the center is looking into producing a Spanish translation of the second version. "The impact is far-reaching," says Arent, "as the book will help people all over the world provide a high quality of life for raptors destined to be ambassadors for the environment." For information about ordering Care and Management of Captive Raptors, visit the Raptor Center.

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