Raymond Sawyer Scholarship

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The Avicultural Society Annual Scholarship for Durrell's Avian Egg Incubation Workshop Nov 2 - 6 2020

An opportunity for a young birdkeeper to learn the latest techniques from world-renowned experts is up for grabs again following a year’s break.

Applications for the Avicultural Society’s (AS) 2020 Raymond Sawyer Scholarship are open, offering one successful applicant a place this November on an avian incubation course at Durrell Conservation Academy (DCA) in Jersey.

Applicants under the age of 25, of any nationality, can apply for the AS-funded course, which this year is the “Avian Egg Incubation” workshop to help improve avicultural techniques. The workshop on November 2-6 will cover embryo and membrane development, as well as hatchery techniques.

Applications must be made to Cage & Aviary Birds magazine. The editor will draw up a shortlist of suitable applicants. The successful applicant will be chosen from this list in consultation with representatives of The Durrell Conservation Academy and The Avicultural Society.

Applications must be made on the official application form and must be received by the published closing date. The application form is available to download at www.cageandaviarybirds.co.uk.

Course summary
■ A five-day practical workshop designed to give participants the skills required to successfully incubate bird eggs and deal with problems that could arise.
■ Aimed at curators, keepers, vets and serious private breeders involved in captive breeding of birds.
■ The course will be run by Susie Kasielke, avian biologist at Toledo Zoo Aquarium, and there will be additional lectures from Durrell’s bird department.
■ Participants will break out embryos at all stages of development and gain first-hand experience of candling techniques, egg repair, hatching assistance and egg necropsy.

Course content
■ Embryo and membrane development
■ Factors affecting hatchability before and during incubation
■ Hatchery management techniques
■ Artificial incubation and its role in field conservation programmes