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Macbride Raptor Project (MRP)

About the Project

The Macbride Raptor Project (MRP) is devoted to the preservation of Iowa's birds of prey and their natural habitats. It is a jointly sponsored program of University of Iowa Recreational Services and Kirkwood Community College. We achieve our goal to preserve Iowa’s raptor populations and habitats through educational experiences that awaken awareness, nurture appreciation and inspire action, as well as through field research on raptor nesting habitats, migration routes, and wintering grounds.

The Raptor Center currently displays over 20 unreleaseable birds of prey historically found in Iowa. The Raptor Center is open to the public and we welcome visitors! 



We provide both on-site and traveling educational activities. Through our educational programs, we promote an understanding of Iowa’s native raptors, their habitats and needs, and the interdependence of all organisms. Learn more about our raptors and how you can schedule a guided tour here.



The MRP is focusing on three aspects of Iowa raptor populations in order to assess habitat needs and population trends in our native raptors.  

  1. Monitoring winter raptor populations and discerning habitat needs for wintering raptors.
  2. Monitoring nesting raptor populations and determining habitat needs though urban, suburban, rural landscapes.  
  3. Monitoring migrating raptor populations through counts and banding projects.  

For those interested in participating in these projects, call 319-624-7178 or email Shawn Hawks.


Interested in adopting one of our raptors? Learn how you can help support Macbride Raptor Project here.

Helping an Injured Raptor

If you find an injured raptor, please contact a licensed wildlife rehabilitator. A full list of rehabilitators in Iowa can be found here: PDF iconwildliferehab.pdf


April - October
6:00am - 8:00pm, daily

November - March
9:00am - 6:00pm, daily

During these times, we are open for self-guided tours.  We also offer guided tours for a small fee. Learn more about guided tours here.

Dogs are not allowed at the Raptor Center. A hitching post is provided for your convenience. As much as we love our furry dog friends, they are stressful for the raptors. Thank you for understanding!


Visit us at and mail things to: 

Macbride Nature Recreation Area
2095 Mehaffey Bridge Rd NE
Solon, Iowa 52333

Contact Us

Name Job Title Email Phone Number
Shawn Hawks Coordinator - Macbride Raptor Project 319-624-7178
Laura Semken Assistant Coordinator - Macbride Raptor Project