Society for the Preservation of Raptors (Inc)



You can join the Society for the Preservation of Raptors (Inc) to:
  • Learn more about raptors
  • Participate in wildlife rescue, care and rehabilitation programmes
  • Participate in community education programmes
  • Support the Society's aims of care, rehabilitation, conservation and education

Membership of the Society for the Preservation of Raptors (Inc) costs:
  • $20.00 per annum for an individual
  • $15.00 for a student or concession card holder
  • $15.00 for a junior member (individuals under the age of eighteen years)
  • $10.00 per annum for a Senior's Card holder
  • $30.00 per annum for a family (one household.)

As a financial member of the Society, you can:
  • Attend regular meetings
  • Receive quarterly newsletters
  • Participate in social events
  • Participate in educational activities
  • Attend workshops
  • Access a considerable knowledge and resource base
  • Obtain training in wildlife rescue, care, and rehabilitation relating to birds of prey
  • Access a statewide support network for your activities as a volunteer wildlife carer
  • Apply for financial support for veterinary costs incurred as a volunteer wildlife carer.


Joining the ranks of our specialist raptor carers requires training, dedication and committment.  Raptorial birds are highly specialised predators and each species has its own particular requirements for short, medium and long term care and rehabilitation.  To become a raptor carer with the Society for the Preservation of Raptors (Inc):
  • Join the Society (see below for membership form)
  • Complete the Department of Parks and Wildlife Basic Course in Wildlife Rehabilitation
  • Participate in the Society's education programmes
  • Spend time at Eagles Heritage Raptor Wildlife Centre to learn about the care and husbandry of raptorial birds
  • Spend a minimum of twelve months working under the guidance and supervision of experienced rehabilitators within the Society
  • Set up appropriate facilities for raptor care and rehabilitation under the guidance and supervision of experienced carers within the Society
  • When assessed as competent, be recommended to the Department of Parks and Wildlife for registration as a volunteer wildlife rehabilitator
  • Have your facilities inspected and approved by your local Wildlife Officer; and
  • Support the Society's aims of ethical care, rehabilitation, conservation and education.


Many of our members find the following books to be extremely useful and informative.

Care, Treatment and Rehablitation -
  • Pain, Philip and Jenkins, Noelene - Care and Management of Birds of Prey
  • Naisbitt, Richard and Holz, Peter - Captive Raptor Management and Rehabilitation
  • Redig, Patrick - Medical Management of Birds of Prey
  • Murray, Michael - Fluid Therapy
  • McKeever, Katherine - Care and Rehabilitation of Injured Owls
  • Carville, Keryln - Wound Care Manual

Identification and General Knowledge -
  • Hollands, David - Birds of the Night: Owls, Frogmouths and Nightjars of Australia
  • Cupper, Lindsay and Jack - Hawks in Focus
  • Olsen, Penny - Australian Birds of Prey
  • Reader's Digest - The Reader's Digest Complete Book of Australian Birds (A comprehensive guide to Australian native birds, not just raptors.)

Husbandry and Equipment -
  • Fox, Nick - Understanding the Bird of Prey (Excellent book on raptor husbandry)
  • Glasier, Philip - Falconry and Hawking (Good reference for making your own equipment)

  • You can access and print a copy of the Society's membership form HERE  (PDF file, requires Adobe® Reader®); or
  • Contact us.

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