Dr. John Parks earned his PhD at Virginia Tech. He is a reproductive physiologist whose teaching and research focused on germ cell biology and assisted reproductive technology at Cornell University. Dr. Parks was the founder and director of the Cornell Raptor Program for over 20 years, promoting raptor conservation through rehabilitation, captive breeding, and public awareness programs. He is a master falconer, raptor educator and breeder, and consultant on the care and management of raptors in captivity.
"Raptors, or birds of prey, capture the imagination perhaps more than any other species of wildlife. My avocational interest in raptors spans nearly four decades as a falconer, rehabilitator, breeder, and educator. I look forward to sharing knowledge and insights about the identification, natural history, and captive care and management of these magnificent birds through this unique summer session offering."