Raptor Care

Raptor Care Team

Interested Volunteers:

Raptor care involves feeding and/or training of our educational birds.  This includes 1 eastern screech owl, 2 barred owls, a red-shouldered hawk and 2 red-tailed hawks, a mississippi kite, a great-horned owl, and a common raven.  See our animals page for more information on the raptors!

Raptor feeders must commit to a bi-weekly shift (every other week) and are responsible for covering their own shift if they are not available.  Raptor feeding requires cutting and preparing dead rats and mice as well as cleaning cages.

Raptor training volunteers must commit to a bi-weekly feeding shift as well as committing to a weekly training session.  Our training class meets Thursdays 5:00-7:00PM.  Raptor volunteers are also required to attend at least 5 outreach events throughout the year.  Our outreach events help PWC gain visibility as well as helps educate the public about conservation issues regarding raptors.  If you’re still interested, fill out our volunteer registration form and notify us if you want to be on the waitlist for our next session.  The raptor training program requires a 1 year commitment.

Current Volunteers:

We very much appreciate our Raptor Care Team! Please make sure you are filling out your time sheets after every training, feeding, and outreach event.  This helps us secure funding for grants!

Team members, email us if you need permission to edit the raptor care calendar in order to sign up for a shift.

Raptor Care Guides:

Raptors in Captivity: Guidelines for Care and Management” by Lori Arent

Manual of Ornithology: Avian Structure and Function” by Noble Proctor & Patrick Lynch

“A Guide to Bird Behavior, Vol 3” by Donald & Lillian Stokes

Website: The Modern Apprentice

Forms for all volunteers:

Time Sheet
Volunteer Registration

Email saram@piedmontwildlifecenter.org for more information.