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


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 Donate Page


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. There is no WWB on Saturday, May 12, July 14 and August 4, 5, 12, and 13.
Free with membership or admission.
This event is handicap accessible.

Raptor Saturday
Saturday, May 5 | 1:00pm – 2:00pm
With International Migratory Bird Day around the corner, we will discuss migration as it pertains to the Lake Michigan Flyway and the native bird species of Wisconsin. Some of our resident raptors will show us the tools birds possess to help them on these epic journeys.
This event is wheelchair accessible.
Free with membership or admission.

Raptors in Focus Photoshoot
Saturday, May 12 | 9:00am – 12:00pm *
Lights, Camera, Action! Join us for our annual Raptor Photoshoot featuring our 17 feathered ambassadors. Bring your camera for this rare opportunity to photograph our birds of prey in a wild setting. Submit them for consideration for our 2019 Schlitz Audubon Raptor Calendar. * Rain Date:Sunday, May 13.
Registration is required.
M: Youth $15, Adults $50
NM: Youth $20, Adults $60

Raptor Saturday
Saturday, June 2 | 1:00pm – 2:00pm
Join some of our resident birds to learn about the physics of flight – and how flight is different between species. We will examine the various wing shapes and flight patterns of raptors, and learn how their differences help them excel in their habitats.
This event is wheelchair accessible.
Free with membership or admission.

See our Raptors at Wisconsin State Fair inside We Energies Energy Park from Thursday, August 2 – Sunday, August 12. 


Upcoming Programs in the Community

Beaks and Talons at East Library
Tuesday, July 3 | 2:00pm – 3:00pm 

Beaks and Talons at West Allis Public Library
Wednesday, July 11 | 10:00am – 11:00am, 11:30am – 12:30pm, 1:00pm – 2:00pm 

Eagle and Friends at Greendale Public Library 
Wednesday, July | 18 2:00pm – 3:00pm 

Eagle and Friends at Germantown Community Library
Thursday, July 19 | 10:30am – 11:30am, 1:30pm – 2:30pm 

Beaks and Talons at Bay View Library
Tuesday, July 24 | 2:00pm – 3:00pm

Screech Owl at Midnight Hollow at the Central Library
Saturday, August 18 | 10:30am – 11:15am

Beaks and Talons with Tallulah at Kettle Moraine Park, Pike Lake Unit
Saturday, August 25 |  6:30pm – 7:30pm


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

To book any of these above programs, please contact the Schlitz Audubon Registrar at 414-352-2880 x224.

Raptor Program 2014

For more information about our raptors, contact Lindsay Obermeier, Raptor Program Manager.

Raptor Saturday programs are sponsored by: