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Birds of Prey and Raptor Enclosures

Say hello to our magnificent birds of prey!

Our raptors are housed outdoors, and you can walk right up to their enclosures seven days a week during daylight hours. Discover the origin of their name "raptor" which means "to seize or grasp" with their powerful feet and talons. Observe their feathers, beaks and so much more. Please note: when outdoor temperatures dip below 0 Fahrenheit, many birds will be removed from their enclosures as a cautionary measure.

Our regal and beautiful birds have each suffered a permanent injury that makes them unable to survive in the wild, where even a seemingly small injury spells the difference between predatory dominance and certain death. You can read more about them here!

As avian ambassadors these non-releasable wild birds have been trained to help educate people about their natural history and  issues facing raptors today. They visit schools, scouts, businesses, fairs/festivals, conferences, birthday parties for adults and children, fundraisers, retirement celebrations, assisted living facilities, hospitals, weddings, memorial services, and many other special events. They are also amazing to watch in our on-site programs.

See what's on the menu for our birds of prey
Join LSNC raptor staff for our monthly raptor feeding! During this hour you can see staff prepare scrumptious raptor food for our wild owls, hawks and eagles,  and yes that does mean dead mice and rats! This is a great time to see the birds doing their most natural behavior… eating!  This will also be an opportunity to touch feathers, see a hawk or owl pellet, discover more about bird anatomy, and ask our expert staff questions regarding the birds and other ways you can learn more about them.

Please note: this is a free drop-in event. Please be aware birds may or may not be coming out of their enclosures to eat during feeding times, depending on the species and time of feeding. 

Adopt our birds of prey!
Provide direct support to our non-releasable birds of prey through our Adopt-A-Raptor program. This is a unique and personal way to connect your favorite person, organization, teacher, or class to the hunters of the sky.