Raptors

Featuring live raptors, Schlitz Audubon Nature Center sets the scene for exciting discovery. Our feathered ambassadors can be your hosts in a variety of programs that are dedicated to providing an interactive, educational experience.

Our premier collection of endangered and protected birds of prey emphasizes raptors (hawks, owls, eagles and falcons), but also includes other birds of prey such as a Turkey Vulture and an American Crow. Each of our resident birds are not releasable to the wild due to injury. Permanently in our care, these amazing educators inspire, thrill and awe.

Programs are delivered on-site at our Center, as well as off-site. They are adapted to audiences of all ages. Ask us about programs for your:

Upcoming Raptor Programs

Raptor Saturday
Saturday, December 6 from 1:00pm – 2:00pm
How do raptors they make our world better? Sure, they’re cool looking but how do they really help? And, how can we help them? In this season of giving, give yourself a gift of raptor knowledge! This program is handicap accessible.

Fee: Free with Membership or Center Admission

Check our calendar of events for regularly scheduled raptor programs,
such as Raptor Saturday and Word with a Bird.


What are raptors?

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  • Birds of prey that include eagles, owls, hawks, and falcons
  • They hunt live prey or scavenge for carrion
  • Can be diurnal (primarily active in the daytime) or nocturnal (active at night, as in the case of most owl species)
  • Often at the top of the food chain in many ecosystems

Audiences experience the “wow” of seeing these beautiful birds up close and hearing their unique stories. At the top of the food chain, raptors serve as critical indicators of the overall health of our environment. They are, in essence, our barometer of environmental health.

How did Birds  Come to live at Schlitz Audubon Nature Center?
All of our birds were injured or were imprinted on humans before coming to live with us. They are non-releasable to the wild and we are now their forever home.  We hold permits for the possession and exhibition of live birds and artifacts from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

Meet our resident Rap:

We need your help – Adopt a Bird Today!
The training and care taking of our resident raptors is expensive.  By adopting your favorite bird of prey, you help provide food, life enrichment, medical care, and training. Your support also helps ensure we’re able to deliver high-quality programs to people of all ages! For more information, visit our Raptor Sponsorship Page.

For more information about our raptors, contact Diane Visty, Raptor Program Manager.

Raptor Saturday programs are sponsored by:

 

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