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Raptor's Aerie: Adoption Programs

Birds of prey are available for adoption through the Florida Audubon Society's Adopt-A-Bird Program. Proceeds from the adoption of an owl, eagle, hawk, falcon or vulture will benefit the society's Center for Birds of Prey, located in Maitland, FL.

Those who adopt a bird will receive:

  • An official Adopt-a-Bird certificate;
  • A photo and information of the bird species selected
  • Invitations to special events.
  • Free introductory membership to Audubon.
  • An annual newsletter with updates on Center activities.
  • And more depending on the adoption category.

Prices for adoption categories range from $35 up. For more information or to adopt a bird:

Audubon Center for Birds of Prey
1101 Audubon Way, Maitland, FL 32751
(800) 874-BIRD

Eaglewood Wildlife Center, a non-profit wildlife rehabilitation center in Palm Bay, FL offers an Adopt-A-Bird program. While many of the services and medical supplies are donated, they still have to purchase special equipment and food. Their average monthly food bill for their birds of prey is over $125.00 and this does not include the food for the releasable transients being rehabilitated and returned to the wild.

Sponsors receive and attractive Certificate Of Sponsorship bearing a color photo of a wild patient they have rehabilitated.

Prices for adoptions run:

  • $25.00 for screech owls, kestrels, and song birds
  • $40.00 for Coopers' hawks, merlins, and gulls
  • $50.00 for red tail hawks, large owls, and vultures
  • $75.00 for sandhill cranes, eagles, and falcons.

Eaglewood Wildlife Center, Inc.
281 Riley Avenue, NE, Palm Bay, FL 32907
(321) 725-2130

The Birds of Prey Foundation is a non-profit 501 (C) (3) organization whose mission is:
  • To treat injured and orphaned wildlife, primarily raptors, such as eagles, hawks, falcons and owls and return healthy members of the breeding population into their natural habitat.
  • To foster compassion for wildlife in distress and teach new generations through mentor programs, internships, lectures, and volunteer programs.
  • To continuously improve the high quality care and housing of captive raptors everywhere through education, observation, invention and exemplary ethics in their treatment and husbandry.

They have membership and adoption programs available.

Birds of Prey Foundation
2290 S. 104th Street. Broomfield, CO 80020
Telephone: (303) 460-0674

The Raptor Project presents over 500 educational programs to over 3 million people per year, featuring 12-16 birds of prey at each presentation.

Raptor Project's director, Jonathan Wood is both Master Falconer and Wildlife Rehabilitator, bringing almost 30 years of experience to his exciting and riveting education programs.

The Raptor Project
Jonathan Wood
RD#1, Box 221A, Roxbury, NY 12474
(607) 326-4179

Back To Nature Wildlife Refuge is a volunteer organization, funded strictly by donations, that is committed to the 4R's of Wildlife Rehabilitation: Rescue, Raise, Rehabilitate, and Release.

The Refuge is open for visitors 10 am to 4 pm, seven days a week. Admission is free.

You can help by volunteering your time; by sending your donation; by arranging for them to make a presentation to your organization, school, or company; or by giving a unique gift to someone for that special occasion through their Wildlife Adoption Program. For $25, you can "adopt" a resident animal, receive an Adoption Certificate, an 8x10" color photo, and the story of the animal of your choice. The adoption fee will help feed and shelter your adoptive animal for one year. Choices are varied and do include the following raptors:

  • Hawk
  • Bald Eagle
  • Owl

Back To Nature Wildlife Refuge
18515 E. Colonial Drive, Orlando, FL 32820
(407) 568-5138

Treasure Coast Wildlife Hospital (TCWH) is a private, not-for-profit corporation, dedicated to the preservation of wildlife and the conservation of natural habitats. Founded by Jean Henry and Ruth Stanwood in 1974, it is the only facility of its kind serving Martin, St. Lucie, Indian River, Okeechobee, and Palm Beach counties.

TCWH operates a comprehensive medical and rehabilitative facility for the care of wild animals. Their clinic accepts literally thousands of patients each year, providing treatment for animals as diverse as bobcats, eagles, alligators, and songbirds. More than 10% of the animals treated belong to the Threatened or Endangered species. Upon completion of their rehabilitation, animals are returned to suitable wild habitats.

Visiting hours are Mon-Thu, 11 am - 4 pm; Sat, 11 am - 2 pm. Memberships are available for Individual, Family, Sustaining, Contributing, Supporting, Lifetime Family, and Sustaining Corporate levels, with a price range from $15 to $2500.

The Treasure Coast Wildlife Hospital
2800 SE Bridge Road, Hobe Sound, FL 33455
(561) 546-8281

Rehabitat, a non-profit facility for the rehabilitation of injured raptors. It is run by Wendy Looker and a small group of volunteers.

In addition to raptor rehabilitation, Rehabitat helps to support the second largest breeding population of endangered bearcats.

P.O. Box 81, Dillsburg, PA 17019-9663
Fax: (717) 432-7883     Phone: (717) 432-9483

Humane Association of Wildlife Care and Education, Inc. (HAWKE) is dedicated to saving hundreds of birds, mammals and reptiles each year. HAWKES serves St. Johns, Clay, and Flagler Counties in Florida and is the only wildlife facility in the tri-county area that Audubon Center for Birds of Prey uses to rehabilitate their birds.

You can help by becoming a member of HAWKE, making a memorial tribute or participating in HAWKE's "Adopt A Critter" program. Memberships range from Student to Corporate Sponsorships and HAWKES has many "critters" to adopt including

  • Hawks
  • Owls
  • Foxes
  • Otters
P.O.Box 188, Elkton, FL 32033
(904) 692-1777

The Carolina Raptor Center was started in 1980 in a basement at University of North Carolina at Charlotte and, in cooperation with the Charlotte/Mecklenburg County Parks & Recreation Department, is a non-profit organization devoted to the conservation of birds of prey. The Carolina Raptor Center is located in Latta Plantation Nature Preserve about 20 minutes north of Charlotte, NC. Each year, they receive hundreds of injured and orphaned raptors from all over the region. About half are rehabilitated at our medical facility and released back into the wild. Non-releasable birds take up permanent residence. Many of them go on the road with their Wild Wings program, enthralling thousands each year at schools and businesses throughout the state.

The cost of caring for an injured bird and of operating the Center increases daily. The Carolina Raptor Center depends on donations and memberships from individuals, corporations, and foundations to do its work.

Eagle - $3000+ Peregrine - $1000-2999 Osprey - $500-999 Owl - $250-499 Harrier - $100-499 Hawk - $50-99 Kestrel - $30-49

They also have an adopt-a-bird program and several other ways you can help support them.

The Carolina Raptor Center
P.O. Box 16443, Charlotte, NC 28297
(704) 875-6521

The Avian Reconditioning Center is a specialized wildlife facility where large outdoor enclosures will allow for physical reconditioning and natural weatherproofing of recuperating birds of prey, also known as raptors. In many cases this "physical therapy" is necessary to provide the birds with a more realistic chance of survival once released to the wild.

You can help The Avian Reconditioning Center (ARC) by sponsoring the care of one of their "raptor residents" through the Adopt-a-Bird program. ARC's eight "adoptable" education "ambassadors" are non-releasable because of the nature of their injuries. Your "adoption" donation will help provide food, medicine, veterinary treatment and other necessities such as leather for falconry jesses and special materials for perches and housing enclosures called "mews."

Prices for adoption categories range from $35 up.

The Avian Reconditioning Center
P.O. Box 296, Apopka, FL 32704
(407) 461-1056
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