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.





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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.

Raptor Saturday
Saturday, October 7 | 1:00pm – 2:00pm
While owls are well loved, they are not often found. Come and learn about the adaptations that allow owls to succeed at being elusive nighttime predators. Our resident owls will teach you what to look for, and what to listen for when searching for owls in your neighborhood.
This event is handicap accessible.
Free with membership or admission.

Raptor Saturday
Saturday, November 4 | 1:00pm – 2:00pm
Raptors have captivated the human race for hundreds of years – some cultures even believe that raptors were the first life on Earth. Join us in learning about the cultural, spiritual, religious, and even magical tales about raptors. A few of our resident birds will teach you about the exciting relationship humans and raptors have had through history.
This event is handicap accessible.
Free with membership or admission.

Raptor Saturday
Saturday, December 2 | 1:00pm – 2:00pm
During the coldest part of the year, raptors need to take extra precautions in order to survive the sub-zero temperatures of Wisconsin. Some of our resident birds will teach you about strategies for winter survival, such as food caching and communal roosting. A few even put physics to use!
This event is handicap accessible.
Free with membership or admission.


Upcoming Public Programs


Mukwonago Community Library
Monday, October 16 | 6:30pm – 7:30pm
Eagle and Friends

Tippecanoe Public Library
Tuesday, October 17 | 6:00pm – 7:00pm
Owls: Designed for Darkness

Spooky Sussex
Friday, October 20 | 6:00pm | 6:30pm | 7:30pm

Milwaukee Public Museum Halloween Hauntings
Friday, October 27 | 6:00pm – 9:00pm
Saturday, October 28 | 2:00pm – 5:00pm

Tippecanoe Public Library
Friday, November 10 | 10:30am – 11:30am
Vulture View

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: