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


Upcoming Programs at Schlitz Audubon


Raptor Saturday
Saturday, June 4 | 1:00pm – 2:00pm
Join raptor handlers in comparing eagle species around the world. How is a Harpy Eagle different from a Philippine Eagle? Does the color on a Bateleur’s face really change? And how does our Bald Eagle size up? Their power and stealth make these birds the rulers of the sky.
This event is handicap accessible.
Free with membership or admission.

Sponsored by:

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 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

Upcoming Offsite Programs


Erewhon Bayshore Towne Center
Saturday, June 4 | 10:00am – 1:00pm

Ackerman’s Grove County Park, Washington County
Saturday, June 25 | 6:00pm – 7:00pm
Beaks & Talons

Germantown Community Library
Thursday, July 14 | 10:30am – 11:30am and 1:30pm – 2:30pm
Eagle and Friends

Pike Lake Unit 3544 Kettle Moraine Rd, Hartford, WI 53027
Saturday, July 16 | 6:30pm – 7:30pm
Beaks and Talons with Tallulah and Friends

North Shore Library
Thursday, July 21 | 7:00pm – 8:00pm
Eagle and Friends

Schlitz Audubon Raptors at Wisconsin State Fair
Thursday, August 4 – Sunday, August 14
Wisconsin State Fair is the annual celebration of the plants, animals, and people of Wisconsin. Amidst the livestock blue ribbons and agricultural achievements, Schlitz Audubon brings a few of our own champions to the fair, thanks to WE Energies. We are excited to announce that this is our landmark 10th year of wowing 10,000 viewers per day at We Energies Energy Park inside Wisconsin State Fair. Below is the daily schedule for when you can experience our fast paced, interactive, and entertaining programs.

9:00am | Early Bird
10:30am | Sky Hunters Birds of Prey
12:00pm | Vulture Visit/Hawk Talk
1:30pm | Sky Hunters Birds of Prey

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: