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Raptor Rendezvous 2017

Promotional graphic for the Raptor Rendezvous event, featuring an abstract Barn Owl illustration

Indiana Raptor Center’s annual Raptor Rendezvous returns on September 17, 2017!


Another date for your calendar – Raptor Rendezvous 2017 will be held from 1pm to 4:30pm on September 17 at the Abe Martin Lodge in Brown County State Park. Come help out InRC while enjoying food, cash bar, a multi-center raptor show and silent auction.

Tickets will go on sale August 1 for $30 and need to be purchased in advance – there will be “will call” at the door, but no at-door ticket sales – we need to know ahead of time how many attendees there will be both for catering and to get you into the park gate for free. So help us out and buy your tickets early!

To buy your tickets:

  • · Send a check to Indiana Raptor Center, PO Box 1153, Nashville IN 47448
  • · Pay via Paypal through this website. Just hit the big heart-shaped PayPal button! Please be sure to add a note that the amount is for tickets and not a donation.
  • · Call us at 812-988-8990 to pay by credit card

We don’t ask for coverage for the Paypal or credit card fees, but if you want to throw in a couple extra dollars to cover that, it will help us out a lot.

Thanks to all of our supporters! We look forward to seeing you on September 17.

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.

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!

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.

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!!