Birds of Prey

Featuring live Wisconsin native raptors, 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:

  • School
  • Company meeting or event
  • Special event, birthday party, wedding, etc.
  • Museum, festival, or fair

Community Events
Come see our birds out and about at local events

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


What are raptors?

Sky Hunters 2014

  • 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 raptors 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.

Remembering Nala and RT:

RT, Red-tailed Hawk

RT – Red-tailed Hawk
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of RT, our “Grandma”bird.  RT was the cornerstone of the raptor program for 20 years, joining the Center in 1994. She oversaw the expansion of the collection and the training of our volunteers.  Coming to the Center after being blinded in her right eye in an aerial battle, she taught us all, big and small, how to persevere when faced with a challenge and carry on.


Nala, Peregrine Falcon

Nala - Peregrine Falcon
It is with a  heavy heart that we announce the passing of Nala, our Peregrine Falcon. Joining us in 2005, she awed and inspired everyone that met her. Before making her home here, she was an important part in Peregrine Falcon conservation programs, hatching and raising over 50 young peregrines to be released into the wild. Although she is no longer with us, her descendants still fly the skies of Wisconsin and will forever remind us of the power and beauty of the Peregrine.


Meet our other resident raptors:

We need your help – Adopt a Bird Today!
The training and care taking of our resident raptors is expensive.  By adopting your favorite raptor, you help provide food, life enrichment, medical care, and training. Your support also helps ensure we’re able to deliver high-quality programs to raptor enthusiasts 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 and Birds of Prey at State Fair sponsored by:

 

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