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Raptor Center

Carlise Reservation
Carlisle Visitor Center
12882 Diagonal Road, LaGrange Ohio 44050
(440) 458-5121


Raptor CenterWelcome to the Raptor Center Home Page! Located at Carlisle Reservation, next to Carlisle Visitor Center, 12882 Diagonal Road, LaGrange, Ohio.

The residents of our center are wild-hatched birds that have sustained permanent injuries, usually resulting from close contact with humans. As a result these birds cannot hunt for their own food or survive in the wild. Each Raptor Center resident has now become a wildlife ambassador and used during education programs throughout the County.

The Raptor Center of the Lorain County Metro Parks is a facility committed to the professional care and management of non-releasable raptors. We as a staff are also dedicated to educate about and foster respect for these masters of the skies and their roles in nature. These birds are property of the Ohio Department of Natural Resources Division of Wildlife. Only through their permission and through the US Fish and Wildlife Service is this facility possible.

We encourage you to visit our facility and take a closer look at these fascinating animals, located at the Carlisle Visitor Center in LaGrange, Ohio.

What is a raptor?

A raptor is a bird of prey that hunts for its food. The word raptor comes from the Latin root that means "to seize and carry away". This title is given to any bird that kills with its feet and then carries food away to another perch to eat. Hawks, eagles, falcons, osprey, and owls are all raptors. Raptors have special tools on their body to help them find and catch their food such as excellent eyesight, strong feet and sharp talons at the ends of their toes. These birds also have a sharp, hooked beak for tearing their meat.

All birds of prey are valuable predators. Many raptor species eat small mammals and keep the populations of these animals at a sustainable level. Other raptors eat fish or previously expired animals (carrion).

Raptor Center Residents

Havok the Peregrine Falcon at Carlisle Visitor Center

The Lorain County Metro Parks’ Raptor Center houses a variety of raptor species that are common to our area. Click on the links below to learn more about each species, courtesy of the Ohio Department of Natural Resources.

 

Adopt-A-Raptor Program

The Adopt-A-Raptor monetary donation program contributes to the ongoing care of these amazing creatures. The funds raised through this program are used towards providing medical care, food, exhibit maintenance and cleaning supplies. The support of the numerous Adopt-A-Raptor “Parents” is crucial for maintaining a high standard of care for the Raptor Center’s residents. A large, appreciative thank you to all of our Parents! Click here to download a PDF of the Adopt-A-Raptor donation form.

Levels of Adoption

$25

  • Adoption certificate
  • Personalized letter from your bird
  • Name of adoptee on "Parents' Board" posted outside the Raptor Center
  • An invitation to “Parents’ Appreciation Day"

$50


All of the perks of $25 adoption level, plus:

  • Natural History information card
  • Adopt-A-Raptor Magnet

$100

All of the perks of $50 adoption level, plus:

  • 8"x12" photo of your adopted bird
  • Logoed window decal

$150

All of the perks of $50 adoption level, plus:

  • 8"x12" photo of your adopted bird
  • Logoed spiral notebook with pen

$250

All of the perks of $50 adoption level, plus:

  • Logoed window decal
  • Personal photo opportunity with bird*
  • Personal tour of Raptor Center facility

$500

All of the perks of $50 adoption level, plus:

  • Logoed spiral notebook with pen
  • Personal tour of Raptor Center facility
  • Personal photo opportunity with bird*
  • Free Carlisle Room (at Carlisle Visitor Center) rental for four hours
  • Personal Bird of Prey program with Naturalist Staff for your group at time of room rental
Havok the Peregrine Falcon at Carlisle Visitor Center


* Photo opportunities will be available for all birds except the Bald Eagle. An opportunity to watch a training session with the eagle will replace the photo opportunity.

Click here to make a donation to the Adopt-a-Raptor Program

Click here for PDF with mail-in form

 

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