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Creance exercise has been used to recondition recuperating raptor patients for over four decades. If done properly, it is an efficient technique for rebuilding weakened flight muscles and cardiovascular endurance, restoring flight mechanics, and evaluating a raptor’s progress. The Raptor Center has created this resource to help you learn how to creance raptors safely and demonstrates using basic exercise principles to efficiently meet species-specific reconditioning goals.

This manual provides both written instructions and video explanations so you can learn the best practices for the creance technique. There are also two appendices of bird flight videos by species to show flight form of healthy birds so you can best evaluate your own patients. Purchase the manual, appendix 1, and appendix 2 each individually, or bundle them together and save!

Click on the options to the right to expand each selection as there are several purchase options available.

Author Lori Arent is the assistant director at The Raptor Center and since 1989 has played a major role in managing the clinic and overseeing the rehabilitation of raptor patients. She also assists in training veterinary and non-veterinary students, maintains the clinic database, and authors educational materials including, Raptors in Captivity: Guidelines for Care and Management. Lori is a master falconer and has a master’s degree in veterinary biology from the University of Minnesota.
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Section Title
ebook: Reconditioning Raptors: a training manual for the creance technique
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  • Online
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Creance manual non-credit $49.99
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ebook: Reconditioning Raptors: a training manual for the creance technique

This option is for access to the ebook ONLY, with text and videos on how to creance fly raptors in rehabilitation. There are two additional appendices of flight videos by raptor species available. These can be purchased separately or as a bundle at a cost savings.

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Appendix 1: Flight videos of strigiformes (owls)
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  • Online
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Appendix 1 non-credit $12.99
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Appendix 1: Flight videos of strigiformes (owls)

This option is for access to appendix 1 ONLY, with videos for eight different species of owls. These videos demonstrate normal flight mechanics observed while an owl is exercised on a creance, or for a few small owls, in an indoor flight hall.

The creance manual and Appendix 1 and Appendix 2 can all be purchased separately, or as a bundle for a cost savings.

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Appendix 2: Flight videos of non-owl raptors
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  • Online
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Appendix 2 non-credit $19.99
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Appendix 2: Flight videos of non-owl raptors.

This option is for access to appendix 2 ONLY, with videos for 15 different raptor species. It contains videos of flights from 16 species of accipitriforms (hawks and eagles), falconiformes (falcons), and cathartiforms (vultures), demonstrating normal flight mechanics.  All species but one, the American kestrel, have videos demonstrating  flights on a creance; video of the American kestrel was taken in a 50' (15.2m) long indoor flight corridor. Photos of one additional species in fight are also provided as videos were not available.

The creance manual and Appendix 1 and Appendix 2 can all be purchased separately, or as a bundle for a cost savings.

Section Title
Bundle: Creance manual, appendices 1 and 2
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Date and Time TBA
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  • Online
Course Fee(s)
Creance bundle non-credit $69.99
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This bundle gives you access to Reconditioning Raptors: a training manual of the creance technique by Lori Arent, as well as both appendices of raptor flight videos.

This resource will help you learn how to creance raptors safely and demonstrates using basic exercise principles to efficiently meet species-specific reconditioning goals.

Appendix 1 has eight videos of strigiformes (owls) while Appendix 2 has videos for fifteen different non-owl raptor species including accipitriforms (hawks and eagles), falconiformes (falcons), and cathartiforms (vultures). Videos in both appendices demonstrate normal flight mechanics.

Bundling the manual and the appendices together is more cost effective than purchasing each resource separately.

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