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What Are Raptors?

Raptors, or birds of prey, are predators that catch other animals with their strong feet and talons. They have excellent eyesight and hearing, and sharp curved beaks. Eagles, ospreys, hawks, kites, falcons, and owls are all raptors.

What is the Raptor Center?

The purpose of the Raptor Center is to rehabilitate injured birds of prey, and to educate the public about raptors, other wildlife, and conservation issues.

great horned owl

Through its rehabilitation efforts the Raptor Center admits 150-200 birds of prey each year for rehabilitation, and is able to release more than half of them back into the wild.  Through its education efforts, the Center reaches thousands of people each year, who hopefully gain a greater understanding, appreciation, and concern for raptors and other wildlife.

The Raptor Center began in 1970 as part of Antioch College's Glen Helen Outdoor Education Center.  The Raptor Center includes a classroom area for bird study lessons, an intensive care room, outdoor cages for display of permanently handicapped birds, and flight cages for recuperating birds.  A permanent staff person directs activities, naturalist interns assist in the care of the birds, and veterinarians donate their services and expertise.

Funding is through donations, adoptions, and program fees.  Permits are held through the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Ohio Division of Wildlife authorizing the activities of the Center.

Contact the Raptor Center

Glen Helen Raptor Center
1075 State Route 343
Yellow Springs, Ohio 45387


Photos by Ron Austing