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The Cargill Foundation recently awarded The Raptor Center a $315,000 grant to expand STEM education in the Twin Cities using Raptor Lab, an online learning platform that puts raptors at the center of scientific education and exploration.
While there is currently no scientific evidence that raptors can contract or carry the novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19, the pandemic has impacted us at The Raptor Center (TRC) in a number of ways.
Kelly Auxier, digital communications specialist on the Advancement team at the College of Veterinary Medicine, prepares to release a juvenile bald eagle in Red Wing, Minn., on December 20.
Growing eagle populations and shrinking habitats have led to an increased number of reports of clashing territorial eagles. These mighty birds require many helping hands to recover from injury and illness. In early July, when two adult bald eagles had one such skirmish in the St. Croix River near Marine on St. Croix, Minn., a few key players helped save a life.
The Partners for Wildlife (P4W) initiative, aimed at improving animal welfare in wildlife rehabilitation, has just graduated its first cohort of fellows. Housed within The Raptor Center (TRC), P4W has worked to mentor rehabilitators and veterinarians, provide resources for rehabilitators, and create a professional network to achieve the most humane outcomes for wildlife.
The Raptor Center launched a new three-year initiative aiming to improve animal welfare in wildlife rehabilitation across all species—not just raptors. This first-of-its-kind program, called Partners for Wildlife (P4W), is being piloted in Wisconsin, Minnesota, North Dakota, Montana, Idaho, Washington, and Alaska.
The 15-credit minor is delivered both in-classroom and through a field practicum. The core program of the minor includes a managed captive wildlife course, a wildlife care and handling externship, and a choice between a course in principles of conservation biology or principles in wildlife management.