Raptor Research and Management Techniques

Edited by David M. Bird and Keith L. Bildstein, 2007


This is the much anticipated and thoroughly updated version of the popular but long out of print Raptor Management Techniques Manual. Produced by the Raptor Research Foundation, this is a comprehensive work designed for use by raptor researchers and conservationists and natural-resource managers around the world. Each chapter has been authored by experts in the field and has undergone rigorous review. Not an all-inclusive manual or detailed "how-to" book, this new work reflects the state of the art in raptor research, with up-to-date information on various techniques, and numerous references to additional sources for details and cautions regarding various field and laboratory techniques and management tools. Beginning with a general review of the field of raptor research, it includes insights into field-study techniques, information on the energetics, physiology, pathology, and toxicology of raptors; it covers reduction of management and researcher disturbance, mitigation, population monitoring at migration watchsites, captive breeding, the augmentation of wild populations, and rehabilitation, and concludes with chapters on public education and legal considerations. This book will enhance standardisation in the field, speed improvement in techniques and help those who study and manage birds to better protect them.

ISBN: 978-0-88839-639-6

Note from flapflap

This manual remains one of the best primers for field workers. It is also a good entry into the literature even if some sections are already showing their age.

The home of this book on clearnet:


Entire Book

Raptors Research and Management Techniques


  1. The Raptor Literature
  2. Raptor Identification, Ageing, and Sexing
  3. Systematics
  4. Study Design, Data Management, Analysis, and Presentation
  5. Survey Techniques
  6. Migration Counts and Monitoring
  7. Behavioral Studies
  8. Food Habits
  9. Habitat Sampling
  10. Accessing Nests
  11. Assessing Nesting Success and Productivity
  12. Capture Techniques
  13. Marking Techniques
  14. Spatial Tracking
    1. Radio Tracking
    2. Satellite Tracking
    3. Stable Isotopes
  15. Energetics
  16. Physiology
    1. Gastrointestinal
    2. Hematological
    3. Reproductive
  17. Pathology
    1. Disease
    2. Ectoparasites
    3. Endoparasites
  18. Toxicology
  19. Reducing Management and Research Disturbance
  20. Mitigation
  21. Captive Breeding
  22. Augmenting Wild Populations and Food Resources
  23. Rehabilitation
  24. Public Education
  25. Legal Considerations