Raptor Program

Schlitz Audubon founded our Raptor Program as a way to help educate the public about these dynamic birds, and their importance to the ecosystem. Our premier col­lection of 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 and are in our permanent care. They have taken up the mantle of “feathered ambassadors” and are dedicated to providing infor­mation about their wild relatives, habitat concerns, and issues facing raptors today.

These powerful and graceful birds, each with their own story, make an enormous impact, providing a true connection and appreciation for all wildlife and the habi­tat we share. Nothing is more thrilling than meeting a bird of prey up close and personal. Each of our live demonstrations provides an unparalleled experience designed to en­thrall audiences of all ages. Visit our website for more details about the programs listed below.

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Meet Our Raptors

 

Barley

 

 

We are sad to share that on Tuesday, July 12 one of our amazing feathered ambassadors, Barley, passed away. She touched our hearts and taught thousands about the important role of Barn Owls in the wild.

 

 

 

Upcoming Programs at Schlitz Audubon

 

Word With A Bird
Every Saturday & Sunday | 1:00pm – 2:00pm
Every Saturday and Sunday a staff member features a resident bird and discusses it’s unique skills and adaptations.
Free with membership or Center admission.
This event is handicap accessible.

Raptor Saturday
Saturday, September 3 | 1:00pm – 2:00pm
For this special International Vulture Awareness Day celebration, Schlitz Audubon welcomes biologists Lisa Hartman and Michael Mossman to the Center. This duo have studied Turkey Vultures in Wisconsin for more than 40 years, and will present regarding the natural history of these important birds, as well as their experiences of studying them around Baraboo Hills. You’ll also be able to meet their Turkey Vulture, Uncle Butzie! Immediately following the presentation, Schlitz Audubon will have interactive exhibits and displays, that focus on the worlds’ vultures, in the Great Hall until 2:45pm.
This event is handicap accessible.
Free with membership or admission.

Raptor Handling Workshop
Saturday, September 10 | 10:00am – 4:00pm

Family Owl Prowl
Friday, September 16 | 6:30pm – 8:00pm

Adult Owl Prowl
Monday, September 19 | 6:30pm – 8:00pm

Xtreme Raptor Day
Saturday, November 5 | 9:00am – 4:00pm
Celebrate all things Raptor during this all day festival at Schlitz Audubon!

Upcoming Offsite Programs

 

Rock the Green | Eco Kids Stage
Saturday, September 17
2:00pm – 2:30pm
3:00pm – 3:30pm

Tippecanoe Library
Saturday, October 8 | 2:30pm – 3:30pm
Theme: Exclusively Owls

Wisconsin Science Festival
Saturday, October 22
10:00am – 11:00am | Presentation
11:00am – 11:30am | Meet and Greet

Milwaukee Public Museum
Friday , October 28 | 6:00pm – 9:00pm
Halloween Hauntings

Milwaukee Public Museum
Saturday, October 29 | 2:00pm – 5:00pm
Halloween Hauntings

Tippecanoe Library
Tuesday, Nov. 22 | 6:00pm – 7:00pm
American Indian Legends

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 people of all ages! For more information, visit our Raptor Sponsorship Page.

 

Become a Volunteer

Volunteers are essential to the care of our resident raptors, and participate in educational outreach activities. Training is provided, so no previous experience is necessary. To volunteer with our Raptor Program, we require a one-year commitment. Volunteers will have a specific day of the week they always come in, and shifts are from 9:00am – 12:00pm. If you are interested, please visit our website to fill out our volunteer form and to see the added benefits of volunteering with our Raptor Program.

 

Special Event Offerings

These programs are adapted to audiences of all ages.

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

Raptor Program 2014

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

Raptor Saturday programs are sponsored by: