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Volunteer opportunities with the Cornell Raptor Program are open to currently enrolled undergraduate students at Cornell University. Volunteer training is primarily done during the fall semester with students participating throughout the academic year as their schedules allow.  New students are required to attend one introductory meeting and multiple Saturday workdays through Sept and Oct for training in order to participate.  Due to our training schedule, new students are only permitted to start during the fall semester.  Special situations like students visiting for study abroad, should contact Dr. H if you are interested and only here in the spring semester.

Saturday Workdays are scheduled for most Saturday mornings throughout the semester from 9:00 a.m. until noon. Transportation is provided to students as needed for Saturday workdays.  These workdays involve feeding resident birds, cleaning aviaries and facilities, and routine bird husbandry.

For those that have more time to devote to the program, more opportunities exist.  This includes opportunities to work with individual resident birds in training, hand feeding, and also presenting birds at our public education programs. 

If you are interested in learning more about the program and opportunities to participate plan to attend our introductory meeting held every fall semester or contact Dr. Heather Huson (

Two Fall 2018 Introductory Meetings will be held.  New students are required to attend 1 of the two meetings to participate.   This fall, they will be held on Thurs and Fri, Sept. 6 and 7th, 5pm in Morrison Hall 164.

Tying the Falconry Knot:  a how-to youtube video


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