Thursday, July 21, 2016

How Can You Hear Like an Owl?

The summer camp topic this week at TRC is Biomimicry.  Biomimicry looks at elements of nature for inspiration to solve human problems or address human needs.  The evolution of plant and animal adaptations, for example, shows they have "solved" problems by being able to survive.

The campers used materials to create their own versions of “owl facial discs”, to mimic this important owl adaptation related to hearing. 

Two very creative campers, Athena and Elise, used some “down time” in between activities to show their creative sides.  They agreed to let us share their artwork.  Beautiful! 

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Meet. Dr. Adrien Pesque, TRC's Clinical Intern

Dr. Adrien examines a great horned owl.
We'd like to introduce you to Dr. Adrien Pesque, TRC's new clinical intern.  He wrote a few lines to share!

"I am originally from France but I grew up in the states of California, Washington, and Arizona. I recently received my veterinary degree from the University of California, Davis, with an emphasis in zoological species. During my undergraduate years at the University of Arizona in Tucson, I became determined to aid and protect the species of the wild. My passion stems from working hands-on with wildlife to provide veterinary care and to relieve suffering. My career goals include better understanding the human impact on ecosystems and how we can ameliorate those issues to empower our conservation efforts.

Why I was interested in the Raptor Center:
The Raptor Center is well known as a leader in wildlife veterinary care and research, so I knew I would be honored to be part of their program. After graduation, I was seeking additional training through an internship and hoped to eventually find a job in the extremely competitive field of wildlife medicine. The Raptor Center fulfilled everything I could have hoped for and I feel extremely fortunate to be working here today.

What I hope to learn:
During the upcoming year, I plan to build my skills and confidence as a clinician, and better understand the dynamics of raptor rehabilitation and management. I hope to become proficient in orthopedic surgery and complete a research project as well. I also look forward to teaching the fourth year veterinary students and honing my leadership skills. Overall, I am very grateful to be part of The Raptor Center team and could not be more excited for what this year has in store"