Birds of Prey

Featuring live birds of prey, we set the scene for exciting discovery. Our feathered ambassadors are your hosts in a variety of programs that are dedicated to providing an interactive, educational experience.

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 Bird of Prey Programs

Family Owl Prowl
Friday, October 24 from 6:30pm – 8:00pm (Rain date: Sunday, October 26) at Schlitz Audubon Nature Center
Explore the Center grounds at night in search of owls with one of our trained raptor specialist. We will learn about their habitats, special adaptations and perhaps how to speak owl. At the end of the hike you be able to meet some of the Center’s resident owls. Registration is required for this program. please call 414.352.2880 to register.
Fee: Member: Child $8 Adult $10 | Non-Member: Child $10 Adult $12
Level: Families

Milwaukee Public Museum Fright Night
Friday, October 31 from 6:00pm – 9:00pm
Join us for a Meet and Greet and Beaks and Talons program!

Wild Birds Unlimited
Saturday, November 1, from 11:00am – 1:00pm at 19555 W. Bluemound Rd. Brookfield
Join us for a Meet and Greet with our Birds of Prey. Our young Bald Eagle Valkyrie along with some of her feathered friends will be there to greet you.

Milwaukee Public Museum Fright Night
Saturday, November 1 from 6:00pm – 9:00pm
Join us for a Meet and Greet and Beaks and Talons program!

Saturday November 8 from 9:00am – 4:00pm at Schlitz Audubon Nature Center
Meet our new peregrine falcon, Cutright, in person. Head out to the amphitheater, which will be bustling with activity – free flight demonstrations as well as interactive trivia games for families with Captain Talon and Eagle Eye. Have your photo taken with your favorite bird of prey. Grab your passport and follow the Talon Quest Adventure Hike, seeing birds at different stations along the way. Hear Bruce Beehler, former Deputy Zoo Director at the Milwaukee County Zoo, give a talk about “Birds in Botswana” – It’ll be something to crow about! All funds raised at this event help to feed, train, and care for the birds that call Schlitz Audubon Nature Center home. Keep checking back closer to the event for more details.

Fee: Adults: $10 | Children: $5
(guest passes are not valid for Xtreme Raptor Day, because it is a special event)


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 Birds of Prey:

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 Birds of Prey Sponsorships Page.

For more information about our birds of prey, contact Diane Visty, Raptor Program Manager.

Raptor Saturday programs are sponsored by:


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