Raptor Body Language and ABA

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A presentation geared toward veterinaraians and raptor rehabilitators discussing the benefits of understanding body language and using applied behavior analysis.

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Raptor Body Language and ABA

  1. 1. Applied Behavioral Analysis and Reading Body Language in Raptors
  2. 2. <ul><li>“ The most basic description of falconry ethics is ‘to do right by the bird’,” </li></ul><ul><li>Mike McDermott, The Imprint Accipiter </li></ul>
  3. 3. Why ABA? <ul><li>All behaviors have an antecedent and a consequence </li></ul><ul><li>A behavior that repeats itself is reinforced, period. </li></ul><ul><li>Understanding the pattern of behavior is the only way to problem solve and shape </li></ul><ul><li>However, understanding body language is crucial to ABA. </li></ul>
  4. 4. Importance of Body Language <ul><li>Feathers are subtle </li></ul><ul><li>Raptors are even more foreign to our sensibilities than parrots </li></ul><ul><li>Body language is the key to positive relationships </li></ul><ul><li>Body language is the key to health and successful release </li></ul>
  5. 5. How to Develop Raptor Skills <ul><li>Teach ABA basics to raptor handlers </li></ul><ul><li>Learn to read body language through simple training </li></ul><ul><li>Focus on positive reinforcement </li></ul><ul><li>Avoid superstitious training and embracing negative reinforcement </li></ul><ul><li>BEHAVIOR not weight. </li></ul>
  6. 6. Using Jump Ups <ul><li>Learn to Learn </li></ul><ul><li>Physical Conditioning </li></ul><ul><li>Relationship Building </li></ul><ul><li>Train the Trainer </li></ul>
  7. 7. Rousing
  8. 8. Bathing
  9. 9. Head Flipping
  10. 10. Relaxed, Comfortable Falcon
  11. 11. Eye Shape – Raised Hackles
  12. 12. Eye Shape – Fanned Tail
  13. 13. Mantling
  14. 14. Bating
  15. 15. Aggression
  16. 16. Ultimate Benefits <ul><li>Ease Bating </li></ul><ul><li>Avoid Feather Breakage </li></ul><ul><li>Eliminate Aggression </li></ul><ul><li>Avoid Stress (and stress-related disease, such as aspergillosis) </li></ul>
  17. 17. Taking it to Practice <ul><li>Demonstrate, don’t berate. </li></ul><ul><li>Be positive, reward clients for the good. </li></ul><ul><li>Provide tools and resources. </li></ul><ul><li>Encourage the learning curve. </li></ul>

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