The first part of the training took place indoors and covered the fundamental elements of a rescue mission - human safety, the animal's welfare, and the potential for success. The course also goes into great detail on specific capture technique, safe handling of wildlife, and proper use of capture equipment - which students put into practice during the outdoor portion of the training.
Sometimes, the only way to get close enough to capture a wild animal is to stay out of sight until the last second. One of the training exercises lets students practice with handheld radios, guiding each other through a 'blind' capture of a decoy.
Another decoy, RoboDuck, gives students a chance to practice various approaches. If they aren't spot on, RoboDuck will get passed them.
Check out the fun video!
Many Thanks to the Berkeley Shorebird Nature Center for providing the facility!
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