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Read Me Like a Book:
Why Behavioral Cues are so Important
& What to Look for
Gail M Buhl, Partners for Wildlife - University of Minnesota
Jackie Kozlowski, Tracy Aviary
Melissa Moore, Peoria Zoo
If you could learn how to be a better observer of animal behavior, how would you do it? Where would you start? Watching animals can give us many insights but can also be confounding and confusing. If we have preconceived notions of what a behavior represents, this cultural fog can hinder our abilities to act on the behaviors we are observing. How does our strategy change if we are observing mammals? Birds? How about reptiles? In this session, discussion includes how behavior comes about, what the component parts of behavior are, and how behavior serves the animal that is exhibiting the behavior. The session also highlights where natural history of species comes into play and how all of this information can assist you in making the best decisions for the animals in your care.
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.