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Birds of a Feather:
Feather Structure, Function, & Pathology
Sarah Reich, DVM
Willowbrook Wildlife Center
This lecture offers an overview of feather anatomy, function, and pathology. Discussion includes commonly encountered issues seen in rehabilitation, such as feather damage, malformations, and waterproofing challenges, as well as treatment options and prognoses.
Up, Up, and Away!
Some of the Physics and Biology that Allows Birds to take Advantage of the
Wind and Sky and How it applies to reconditioning raptors in our care
Partners for Wildlife
University of Minnesota
Birds are highly adapted to flight, and preservation of flight capabilities is integral to the rehabilitation process. Each rehabilitator needs to work closely with a veterinarian to diagnose the cause of an inability to fly. Rehabilitators are vital to the recovery of birds, providing necessary care and physical therapy during and after treatment. This talk covers aspects of diagnosing and treating wing injuries from the perspective of the veterinarian and best approaches to various types of wing injuries, as well as after-care and physical therapy recommendations.
Avian Necropsy Workshop Lecture
Rebecca Duerr, DVM, PhD
International Bird Rescue, CA
A large proportion of the animals admitted for wildlife rehabilitation are birds, and
rehabilitators are often faced with needing or wanting to know what was wrong with a bird that either died or was euthanized. A necropsy is a careful dissection of a dead animal in order to gain information about the cause of death. This talk presents a review of basic avian anatomy, highlights of comparative anatomy, basic instruction on how to perform
a necropsy, plus discussion on what sort of problems can be identified during a necropsy versus what sort of problems require submission of samples to a laboratory for a diagnosis. This lecture is a pre-requisite for the Avian Necropsy Workshop.