Yearly archives "2016"

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An Important Note About Tours

Due to a heavier than normal patient load for this time of year, the Indiana Raptor Center will be closed for tours after Thanksgiving. Patients will still be accepted as usual. We will reopen for tours in March of 2017. Since our tours are a totally outdoor experience, we are normally closed in January, February, and August every year due to weather concerns (snow, road conditions to get here, cold, and heat in August) and stress on the birds (heat in August, plus a needed break in their programming schedules).

We will be open for tours from March thru July, and from September thru December, in 2017. Tours are available during these months in the afternoons from 1-5PM. Please contact us through this website (email or phone) for reservations. Offsite programs may continue to be arranged year-round at your school, museum, meeting place, or other venue.

Photo of Indiana Raptor Center board member Domonic Potorti and Elmo the Barred Owl educate the campers at Happy Hollow in Brown County, IN.

InRC board member Domonic Potorti and Elmo the Barred Owl educate the campers at Happy Hollow in Brown County, IN.

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Raptor Rendezvous 2016

It’s time once again to for Raptor Rendezvous, a chance to come together to celebrate the beauty of birds of prey!

Besides the opportunity to see beautiful raptors and other wildlife, attendees will enjoy refreshments and bid on a wide variety of silent auction items. All proceeds from the event will go to support Indiana Raptor Center’s mission of caring for injured and orphaned birds of prey and educating the public about the value of these magnificent animals.

Raptor Rendezvous fundraiser

Date: November 13, 2016
Time: 1:00pm to 4:30pm
Location: Abe Martin Lodge in Brown County State Park

Tickets are $30 per person. To purchase your ticket, please call 812-988-8990. Tickets are selling quickly and we only have a few left!

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Raptor Art Spotlight: Avery

Our friend Avery is our featured artist for July-August. Avery is a bright talented 8 year old Hoosier who is a good friend of the Indiana Raptor Center. Her artwork displays an observational power, and the budding skills to reproduce those observations, that are well beyond her years. Jack Wittenbrink, our supporting metal and papercut artist from New Orleans thinks she is something of a prodigy because her drawings depict correct anatomical features in proper proportion, while also putting the light of life, curiosity and spirit into the birds she draws. We are happy to have her as a friend, and will continue to feature her work on this website as long as she continues to grace us with more drawings!

A pencil drawing of a screech owl

A pencil drawing of a screech owl by young artist Avery

A pencil drawing of a parrot

A drawing of a parrot by young artist Avery

A pencil drawing of a barn owl in flight

A pencil drawing of a barn owl in flight by young artist Avery

A pencil drawing of a barn owl with a mouse

Barn owl with mouse, by young artist Avery.

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C14, Indiana’s oldest Bald Eagle

Where were you in July of 1987?

C14,  Indiana's oldest Bald Eagle, held by a staff member at Indiana Raptor Center.

C14, Indiana’s oldest Bald Eagle in the care of Indiana Raptor Center.

This bald eagle was being hacked, or prepared for release to the wild, in an area near Lake Monroe, Indiana. Bands have identified this eagle as C14, the oldest eagle ever recorded in Indiana at the ripe old age of 28 years, 9 months! He was banded as a youngster on July 13, 1987, during the third year of eagle reintroduction efforts by the Indiana DNR.

C14 was admitted to Indiana Raptor Center on Friday, April 15 after being found at the confluence of the Eel and White River grounded by a severe shoulder dislocate and resulting emaciation. Since then, he has been gaining weight. We began treatment with tube feedings, pain medications, and anti-inflammatories. We put his wing in a harness-type sling to stabilize his dislocated shoulder. We also took care to clean and top dress a few facial lacerations, as they were close to the sinus area. After a week, C14 progressed from tube feedings to whole food with little feather or fur, and we continue to monitor him closely. It is likely that C14 will not be able to be released to the wild, but as long as he is able to eat and not in pain, he will live out his days in human care.

We salute this eagle for courage and intelligence to have survived so long in the wild. To think of the young he has raised, the weather he has endured, challenges from other eagles and human encroachment: it is truly a miracle!

Stay tuned at our Facebook page and as ever, your help is appreciated! Your donation will go directly to caring for C14 and birds like him. Learn more about C14 from the Indiana DNR.

C14,  Indiana's oldest Bald Eagle , eats a solid meal.

C14, Indiana’s oldest Bald Eagle , eats a solid meal.

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