The Darke County Parks’ Raptor Education Program is a great way to learn about and experience local raptor species through our animal ambassadors

It costs the park district $60-80 per month to feed a single bird of prey. This does not include medication, vet bills, and equipment. The health and well-being of our birds is a top priority and these expenses are steep… Can you help?

You can “Adopt-a-Bird” at one of two levels (per bird) and these adoptions directly benefit our Raptor Education program. Thank You!

$40 Adoption: Includes a certificate of adoption with a full color photo of your bird and a very special gift just for you

$75 Adoption: Includes a certificate of adoption with a full color photo of your bird and a very special gift just for you AND a personal meet and greet with your adopted bird for you and up to three of your friends. *The adopter is responsible for calling or emailing to set up the meet and greet. Two weeks notice for the day/time is needed to ensure staff availability.

*You gift covers one year and can be renewed annually.

** Patrons who renew annually are eligible to receive an invitation to a VIP raptor program

 
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Great Horned Owl: “Greta”

Our Great Horned Owl is our oldest ambassador. She suffered several injuries in a vehicle strike, was rehabbed and was unable to be released. Her eyesight has degraded over time but she is sassy and active!

-Adopt Greta-

Eastern Screech-owl: “Pip”

Our Eastern Screech-owl came to us from near Toledo where he was rehabbed due to an injury. He spends most of his day in his cavity box, but frequently visits the nature center for programs.

-Adopt Pip-

 
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Red-tailed Hawks:

Sky (M) or Spirit (F)

Our Red-tailed Hawks sadly imprinted on their rehab caretakers and therefore can’t be released. As brother and sister, sibling rivalry abounds, but they are learning quickly and are very smart. (your adoption covers one bird, your choice)

-Adopt Sky or Spirit-

Barred Owl: Umber

Our Barred Owl was rehabbed due to a wing injury and sadly it didn’t heal well enough for sustained flight.

-Adopt Umber-