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.


Meet Our New Barn Owl!

We are excited to announce the addition of a new American Barn Owl to our Raptor Program. This young owlet, Athena, is with us to educate the community about Barn Owls and the importance of healthy ecosystems. Read about Athena the Barn Owl here.





Connect with us on Facebook to view our Talon Tuesday video posts!


Meet Our Raptors


News about Krona the Rough-legged Hawk

Krona, the beautiful Rough-legged Hawk that recently joined the Raptor Program, was euthanized earlier this week. During a full health screening, which all of our animals routinely undergo, we realized the severity of an injury to her left shoulder and wing. Krona was living with severe and chronic pain, and had been for years. We consulted with many bird rehabilitation specialists, falconers, veterinarians, and the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service. The Center holds itself to the highest standards of animal husbandry and care. This was our only humane option. We are all grateful for the time Krona spent with the Raptor Program.


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 December 24 or December 31.
Free with membership or admission.
This event is handicap accessible.

Bird Club
Wednesday, January 10 | 6:30pm – 8:30pm
Co-presented with Milwaukee Audubon Society. This meeting will be especially unique with the attendance of a few of our resident Raptors. The birds and their handlers will share tips with how to identify raptors out in the wild.  Young adults and birders of all interest level are welcome to join this free drop-in program on the 2nd Wednesday of each month.
Registration is required. To register call 414-352-2880 x0.
Free to all. 

Raptor Saturday
Saturday, February 3 | 1:00pm – 2:00pm
Do you eat like a bird? If so, which one? Some birds are picky about what they eat, and others can be gluttons. A wide variety of raptors and adaptations indicate a wide variety of diets and hunting strategies! Join us as we compare the eating habits of some of our resident raptors, and learn about how those feeding behaviors affect our ecosystems.
This event is wheelchair accessible.
Free with membership or admission.

Hootenanny: Music and Dance to Warm up the Night
Saturday, February 17 | 6:00pm – 8:00pm
We plan on heating up the night with our very first hootenanny! Bring the whole family to groove on the dance floor to live music. We will have a caller to teach some easy dance steps, or you can just tap your toes and enjoy the music of Frogwater. We will have food and a “who’s who” of owls here, too. Join us – we’ll have a hoot!
This event is wheelchair accessible. Registration is required. To register call 414-352-2880 x0.
M: Youth $5 | Adult $10
NM: Youth $10 | Adult $15

Raptor Saturday
Saturday, March 3 | 1:00pm – 2:00pm
The coming of springtime means nesting season, and just-hatched birds of prey will soon be out and about for us to see. A few of our resident birds will take you along a raptor’s life story through nesting, fledging, their impressionable juvenile years, and finally becoming a parent themselves.
This event is wheelchair accessible.
Free with membership or admission.


Upcoming Public Programs

Bald Eagle Watching Days, Prairie du Sac
Friday, January 12 – Saturday, January 13

Dubuque Eagle Watch, Dubuque, Iowa
Friday, January 19 – Saturday, January 20

Bald Eagle Appreciation Days, Prairie du Chien
Friday, February 24 – Saturday, February 25


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: