The  RaptorLife Mission

Raptorlife is dedicated to providing a broader understanding of raptors through education and conservation issues of raptors worldwide focusing on helping to bring Nature and the community closer together.

“Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly
satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do
great work is to love what you do.”   —Steve Jobs

About Craig Moran

RaptorLife emerged from the passionate life’s work of raptor specialist Craig Moran, dedicated to the understanding and preservation of these magnificent raptors.

  • Master of Education, Pacific Lutheran University.
  • Bachelor of Science in Biology with minors in Psychology and Geography, Southwest Missouri University.
  • Biology teacher since 2000.
  • Raptor experience: started as a Bald Eagle researcher at Dickerson Park Zoo in Springfield, MO., 1980
  • Full time zookeeper and educator continuing to work with Bald Eagles in education programs; presented a paper on the Bald Eagle breeding program in Fresno CA.
  • Flew hawks and falcons during the summer for Point Defiance Zoo. 
  • Licensed falconer since 1988.
  • 3 years as a researcher on Golden Eagle capture, banding and release projects for Wildlife Research Institute in Montana.
  • Presenter of environmental concepts and avian biology for zoo volunteer trainees, educational programs on raptor biology and ecology to audiences ranging from elementary student to adults for various organizations.
  • Served as Conservation Chairmen for Rainer Audubon Society

Collectively Craig has dedicated most of his working life to understanding raptors and their important role in the world’s ecology. His passion is to help students to adults have a broader understanding of the important value raptors have in the world today. 

Craig is a member of the following associations:

National Falconers Association
Washington Falconers Association
Raptor Research Foundation
International Association of Avian Trainers and Educators – Professional level

RaptorLife mission:  simply to bring nature and the community closer together.

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