Beverly Rayman

Beverly Rayman has been a student of biology in one form or another throughout her entire life. She has a degree in biology with an ecology concentration from Towson University in Baltimore, Maryland and has worked as an environmental biologist for the state of Maryland Water Quality Monitoring Division…

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Raising Orphaned Raptors

Imprinting is an important, natural part of a young animal’s development where it learns to recognize its own species. Imprinting utilizes the senses of sight, touch, and sound. Imprinting via sound probably begins in the egg during the pip-to-hatch stage when the parent and chick vocalize back and forth. After hatching, sight becomes an important factor in imprinting as the chick’s visual ability improves. The chick associates the images it sees with the sounds and tactile sensations with which it is already familiar.

It is not enough to prevent imprinting on humans…