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Raptor Center Program Mission

There is no better way to generate excitement and learning than having live birds of prey as part of a program! 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. Presentations cover the special adaptations of birds of prey, general wildlife needs, how humans affect wildlife, and what we can all do to help.

What birds are used in programs?

The birds kept for use in education programs are ones considered unable to survive in the wild. These handicapped birds are on display in outdoor enclosures for public viewing. Students participating in the Outdoor Education Center's Outdoor Schools and summer Ecocamps all visit the Raptor Center with their naturalist leaders. Schools, scouts, and other interested groups come to the Center for scheduled programs and tours.

Offsite Presentations

In addition to programs scheduled at the Raptor Center, staff members take raptors traveling. Usually two to three birds are featured in programs, with more for special events. Presentations may be adapted for any age level and interest, or designed especially for a group.
Presentations may be given for classrooms, assemblies, conservation and ecology clubs, library programs, summer reading clubs, service clubs, daycare centers, scout groups, photo clubs, festivals, and family gatherings.

Program Themes

Some of the suggested presentations are “Hunters of the Sky” with a falcon, hawk, and owl; “Only Owls” with three species of Ohio owls; “Whoo am I?” for pre-school and kindergarten students, with a story and two owls; “Working with Wildlife,” focusing on our rehabilitation efforts, with your choice of birds; and “Endangered and Threatened Raptors” with a peregrine falcon and barn owl.