Education Programs | Recreational Services
The University of Iowa

Our educational programs are the most important outreach activity of the Iowa Raptor Project. Through education of the public we can promote an understanding of the interdependence of all organisms including raptors and humans.

On-Site Educational Opportunities: 

The Raptor Center displays unreleasable birds of prey that have been documented to be indigenous to Iowa. The Iowa Raptor Project is located at the Macbride Nature Recreation Area (2095 Mehaffey Bridge Rd. NE, Solon, IA).

Guided Tours

During the one-hour guided tour, we lead our guests through the raptor display area and tailor our discussion to the needs and interests of our audience.  We also give a short interpretive presentation about unique raptor adaptations. We are an outdoor facility so please dress for the weather. Please have kids bring their own water bottles. Water is available on site from a pump, but there are no drinking fountains. 

  • Fee: $3/person (minimum $150 fee)
  • Guided tours may be arranged by by emailing Ryan Anthony at


List of Educational Birds at the Raptor Center


  • Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus): “Spirit"
  • Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus): “Reina


  • Turkey Vulture (Cathartes aura): “Aura


  • Harris's Hawk (Parabuteo unicinctus): “Saguaro
  • Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis): “Isabow
  • Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis): “Boreas


  • Great-horned Owl (Bubo virginianus): “Duke
  • Great-horned Owl (Bubo virginianus): “Wannago
  • Barred Owl (Strix varia): “Cypress
  • Eastern Screech Owl (Magascops asio): "Little Horn"
  • Barn Owl (Tyto alba): "Fennamare


  • American Kestrel (Falco sparverius): “Serelle
  • American Kestrel (Falco sparverius): "Killy"
  • American Kestrel (Falco sparverius): "Omaha"
  • Gyrfalcon (Falco rusticolus): "Zorro"

Off-Site Educational Opportunities:

Iowa Birds of Prey:

Iowa Birds of Prey is a traveling raptor program. We typically bring two of our educational birds for a 45-60 minute program. This program is interactive with each program tailored to the needs and interests of our audience.  

  • Fees: $250 + .55/mile
  • An Iowa Birds of Prey program can be arranged by emailing Ryan Anthony at


Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all University of Iowa sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability who requires an accommodation in order to participate in this program, please contact Recreational Services in advance at ​319-335-9293.