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Adopting an ambassador bird is a fun way to support the work of The Raptor Center. Adoption gifts help feed, house, and provide medical care for these education stars, who because of extensive injuries cannot be released back into the wild.

Show your support for The Raptor Center with our Adopt-A-Raptor program.

Adoption gifts help feed, house, and provide medical care for these education stars, who because of extensive injuries cannot be released back into the wild. An Adoption gift can be made in honor of person or event, or in memory of someone.

Adoption gifts also provide:

  • Highly skilled medical treatment for other sick and injured raptors
  • Educational programs to schools that could not otherwise afford these unique presentations
  • Funds to inspire 150,000 people each year through community outreach programs

For a one-year adoption ($120) you will receive:

  • A professional color photo of the bird you adopt
  • A personal tour and an opportunity to visit your adopted raptor (Please have several dates ready as possibilities, and minimum two weeks' lead time)
  • Certificate of adoption
  • Brief biography of your raptor

Adopt a raptor

 You can call Amber at 612-624-3391, or email burne018@umn.edu, if you have questions. 

Choose a raptor

Baron, an American Kestrel
Quick facts:
  • Hatch year 2001
  • Weight: 4.25 oz.
  • Found in Parker’s Prairie, Minnesota
  • Human imprint (brother to Jack)
  • Un-releasable due to imprinting
  • Male
  • Flighted
Maxime, a bald eagle
Quick facts:
  • Hatch year 1999
  • Weight: 10.5 lbs.
  • Found in Moorhead, Minnesota
  • Unknown trauma, low-level lead poisoning
  • Un-releasable due to dislocated left wing joint
  • Female
  • Limited flight
Mestaae, an eastern screech-owl
Quick facts:
  • Hatch year 2008
  • Weight: 6 oz.
  • Found out of nest
  • Un-releasable due to insufficient flight,
  • “Socialized” toward humans
  • Female
  • Flight status unknown
Nero
Quick facts:
  • 36-year-old male (hatch year 1974)
  • Weight: 3.75 lbs.
  • Captive bred in Madison, Wisconsin
  • Imprinted for California condor research
  • Un-releasable due to imprinting
  • Flighted
Ricke, a great horned owl
Quick facts:
  • Hatch year 1998
  • Weight: 2.5 lbs.
  • Found in River Falls, Wisconsin
  • Human imprint, malnourished
  • Un-releasable due to imprinting, rickets
  • Male
  • Flighted
Whisper, a common barn owl
Quick facts:
  • Hatch year 2004
  • Weight: 1.5 lbs.
  • From St. Louis
  • Captive bred
  • Un-releasable due to imprinting
  • Female
  • Flighted