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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!

Vulture Awareness Day!

Today is Vulture Awareness Day around the world. Vultures may not be the most popular birds among the general public, but they are vital members of the environment. They are facing a range of pressures around the world, most famously from diclofenac poisoning.

Official International Vulture Awareness Day logo

The official International Vulture Awareness Day logo

A few years ago, I accompanied Patti Reynolds and stalwart volunteer/ house taxidermist Markus to retrieve and injured Turkey Vulture. Her wing injury would prove to be of the sort that just can’t be fixed, but Markus, Patti, and Laura gave the bird their all in hopes of a good outcome. It is so often the case that the stresses these birds encounter before entering Indiana Raptor Center’s care prove to be too much, and the best that can be done is to provide a safe, stress-free environment for their passing.

Patti and Markus rescue an injured Turkey Vulture

Patti and Markus rescue an injured Turkey Vulture

An injured Turkey Vulture, rescued by Indiana Raptor Center

An injured Turkey Vulture, rescued by Indiana Raptor Center

Laura Edmunds and Patti Reynolds tend to an injured Turkey Vulture

Laura Edmunds and Patti Reynolds tend to an injured Turkey Vulture

It was exciting to watch my first bird rescue. For my part, I got to hold a big net and help form a perimeter so Patti and Markus could nab her. She had not eaten recently, and therefore couldn’t manage the trademarked defense-by-repulsion method Turkey Vultures favor: good old-fashioned puke.

Bird rescue and rehabilitation is a tireless occupation, with many heartbreaks along the way. Please donate to Indiana Raptor Center to help us rescue and care for these birds, and if you cannot attend our Raptor Rendezvous fundraiser on September 12, 2015, please consider purchasing a ticket for a local first responder!

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Raptor Rendezvous 2015

Please join us for the 2015 Raptor Rendezvous, the annual fundraiser for the Indiana Raptor Center Inc., to be held on September 12th at the Abe Martin Lodge in beautiful Brown County State Park.

The night’s itinerary is as follows:

  • Doors open at 5 PM for drinks, hors deouvres, shopping and silent auction bidding
  • Announcements at 5:45 PM
  • Dinner buffet from 6 PM -7 PM
  • Dinner accompanied by the Rusty Musket band (celtic/folk); silent auction bidding and shopping continues
  • Break 7 PM – 7:15 PM – end of silent auction bidding
  • Bird program from 7:15 PM -8:45 PM
  • Closing remarks 8:45 PM – 9 PM
  • 9 PM – auction sales and shopping; coffee – photo sessions with birds and handlers

Admission to the park will be free for this event.  Silent auction items will be provided by artists and merchants from the Brown County/Bloomington area.  You mustt be present to win auction items.

We will have presenters from 4-5 raptor rehabilitation and education centers, with 10-12 species of birds and a very special guest.

Tickets are $35 and can be purchased by sending a check to Indiana Raptor Center, PO Box 1153, Nashville IN, 47448.  Tickets can also be purchased using a credit card by calling 812-988-8990.  Tickets will go out a few days after payment received; late purchases may be picked up at the door.

There may be tickets available at the door, but don’t count on it!  Order early to insure success!!!

Thanks in advance for your patronage, which supports both our permanent and patient populations.  Patient numbers are up this year due to the number of baby and juvenile raptors displaced by Indiana’s wet and stormy spring and summer.  Please help us care for them and the balance of wildlife in Indiana, as well as for our almost 30 education ambassadors, exhibit, falconry and foster parent birds that support our public education and raptor rearing efforts.

Besides – the Rendezvous is just plain FUN!!