Since 2006, the Schlitz Audubon Raptor Program has entertained and educated fairgoers at Wisconsin State Fair. A variety of birds will participate in two daily presentations at Energy Park, thanks to the generosity of We Energies. Our committed raptor volunteers are also instrumental in helping people experience these awesome birds and the wildness they represent.
Conservation Stars of Wisconsin State Fair
Fairgoers are awestruck by our close encounters. Turkey Vultures, for example, are often glimpsed when high in the clouds, but seeing Tallulah’s six-foot wingspan puts these birds’ size and majesty into perspective. The crowd’s excitement can be felt throughout We Energies Energy Park.
Our fast-paced, interactive, and entertaining programs share how birds of prey are integral to the ecosystem. We educate about how the Peregrine Falcon and Bald Eagle species have been brought back from the brink of extinction, sound concern for recent changes birds face in the environment, and highlight what individuals can do in their own backyards to help big and small birds alike. Attendees come face to face with owls and are able to discover the astonishing strength of an egg or compare their grip strength to that of an eagle.
New “Wildlife of Wisconsin” Program
For the first time this year, our team is presenting a new “Wildlife Of Wisconsin” program, featuring a variety of our reptile & amphibian ambassadors. A presenter will share information about turtles, snakes, invertebrates, and more! After the program, guests will be invited to meet all of the ambassadors, have hands-on interactions, and learn more about each animal.
Meet Raptors & Friends Throughout the Day
Stop by to experience these majestic animals during the 11 days of the Wisconsin State Fair inside Energy Park. Our raptor programs take place at 11:30am, and 2:30pm daily. The reptile & amphibian “Wildlife of Wisconsin” program will occur at 1pm daily. Between programs, you can find our staff and volunteers at our information table where you can learn more about wildlife and what the Center has to offer. We hope to see you between Thursday, August 3 – Sunday, August 13!
Updated with 2023 information.