Fundamentals and Core principles
This website describes the systems and protocols devised and adopted by the Raptor Fliers Association of Western Australia, originally founded as the Raptor Rehabilitation Association of Western Australia and then legally Incorporated in March of 2016.
The primary purpose of RFAWA is to encourage, support and uphold the highest standards, to provide support and advice to members and non-members alike with regard to all aspects of captive raptor management including their rehabilitation requirements and particularly the free exercise flying of raptors (otherwise known as Birds of Prey) in care, and to do so within the spirit and ethos of ecological sustainability and education in line with modern biodiversity conservation standards and expectations.
RFAWA members (who are suitably qualified) engage in the free exercise flying of raptors in care transparently and with accountability for the purpose of:
* Educational display including commercial or non- commercial film work and photography; reversing the disconnect of an ever growing urbanised population with the wild environment.
* Pest control/abatement; (where any requirement and/or opportunities may exist).
* Rehabilitation of wild raptors already in care; which are selected by us upon the basis of a high likelihood of further improved chances of survival in the wild environment after final release (see our policy statement entitled 'protocol for free flying').
* General fitness, health and well being of raptors in permanent care; so that those raptors that are kept permanently in care and where it may be appropriate and beneficial to them, are afforded the opportunity to occasionally fly freely in their own natural environment without physical barriers.
*Scientific study and/or research purposes; such as the use of radio-telemetry and/or GPS tracking to monitor fitness progression in those raptors undergoing rehabilitation, and to monitor, record and share release outcomes. To enter into or contribute to the scientific study of raptors in care and in the wild.