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DISCHARGE



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PostPosted: Fri May 05, 2006 12:04 pm    Post subject: Future in the field Reply with quote

Hello everyone! I'm DISCHARGE and this is my first post on owlpages. As a boy, i was lucky enough to have many interactions with owls in my family's heavily wooded land in north Georgia. I grew up around great horned owls, and screech owls, as well as peregrine falcons, and hawks. I've always loved these beautiful creatures and am looking for some information.

Here's the situation. I'm currently working a dead end job in Miami and long to return to the hills and woods of the appalachians. I've come to the decision that the only way I'll be happy with my life is if I devote it to my childhood companions, Owls! I really want to go to persue a career with them, but don't know where to start. I know a few 4 year colleges that have veterinary medicine degrees AND raptor centers too. However, i don't know if getting a DVM is the way to go. Are there other ways to become a raptor specialist, like apprenticeships? I would love to be an owl expert and work specifically with them and other birds of prey (not dogs or cats). I figure what better place to ask then a community devoted to them! Please, if you can give me any advice I will be most appreciative! Thanks!
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PostPosted: Fri May 05, 2006 2:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I recommend starting by going to a wildife center that specializes in birds of prey. What specifically do you want to do with raptors? There is the option of rehab work, education, and falconry. If you let us know a little bit more about what you actually are looking for perhaps we can be of more help. Cool
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DISCHARGE



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PostPosted: Sat May 06, 2006 12:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Tyto22 wrote:
I recommend starting by going to a wildife center that specializes in birds of prey. What specifically do you want to do with raptors? There is the option of rehab work, education, and falconry. If you let us know a little bit more about what you actually are looking for perhaps we can be of more help. Cool


well, i'm interested in study and conservation, or rehab. but again, i don't know what careers there are in those fields, and how to go about them.
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Strix nebulosa



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PostPosted: Sat May 06, 2006 10:01 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi DISCHARGE, Everyone including me will help you with all you need to know with BOP. I know you will have a wonderful time on Owl Pages! Very Happy

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GREATGREYOWL!!!!!



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PostPosted: Tue May 09, 2006 5:15 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

HEY! Very Happy WELCOME!
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PostPosted: Wed May 10, 2006 12:13 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Welcome to the forum DISCHARGE.

Your question about seeking a job working with birds-of-prey is a difficult one. The number of people "actively" interested in owls is very small. The number of active members on this forum is around 400-500 worldwide. Ironically, the number of people who are interested in seeing owls is large. Almost everyone likes owls, But, since most people are unaware that owls fly around their house at night. "Out of site, out of mind" applys to owls. Therefore, the amount of money people are willing to spend towards owls is very small. This also means that the amount of money you can make, and the number of jobs is very limited. Actually, it is sort of sad.

Probably your best course of action is to seek a job that works with other animals and once-in-a-while works with birds-of-prey. Here are some ideas:

Become a DVM: Becoming a vet is a great idea, since you can direct some of your job to birds-of-prey. The bad part is that getting into vet school is difficult. More difficult then getting into medical school. Probably one of the best schools would be Cornell University in Western New York. They are heavily involved in birds, and considered one of the best expert sources of information on birds. Go check out, http://www.birds.cornell.edu I believe that you still have to get an undergraduate degree prior to applying. It is an expensive process, but the pay is great, and so are the rewards.

Become a scientist: Go get your undergraduate degree, and then go get your PhD. Then you can get a grants to study birds when you are not teaching. Expensive process, and the pay is so-so, but you can do research on birds-of-prey, when time permits.

Become a state worker: Work for your state's environmental conversation department. Or, in another state. Probably need a undergraduate degree in Biology, Chemistry, or BioChemistry. May get stuck in a job that has nothing to do with your passion. Pay is OK.

Work for the NPS: Work for the National Park Service. This you could do today! Most NPS hire people for the summer to do particular jobs (guides, trail cutters, bear detail, etc). While working you will be able to see lots of animals. When you are not working, you can go do what you want in the park. The best park is Glacier National Park. 700 miles of trails; lots of owls, falcons, hawks, and eagles. I have been to all the NPS, but Glacier is by far the best. You can check it out by going to: http://www.nps.gov/glac/home.htm . I understand that they also have a nesting pair of Great Gray Owls off of North Fork Road. You can also check out Montana Audubon Club, which has a chapter in Kalispell, MT: http://mtaudubon.org/ Lots of birds-of-prey in the valley regions also. Right now MT Audubon Club is looking for a Excutive Director position (50k). The problem with going to Glacier, is that you might never leave. The area is incredibly beautiful. I wish I had done this when I first got out of college.

There are some other jobs, but this should give you some idea of which direction to go in.
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Rochelle



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PostPosted: Wed May 10, 2006 8:32 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Looks like you have already been given a lot of areas to explore.

You might also find some clues in this website which lists a lot of jobs in natural resources and enviornmental-related careers:

http://www.cyber-sierra.com/nrjobs/natres.html
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