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 Raptor Center 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 $30 fee)

Guided tours can be arranged by calling 319-624-7178 or emailing Shawn Hawks or Laura Semken.

Wingbeats Program

Includes a tour and an educational program with one or two of the raptors. This program typically lasts about two hours. 

Fee: $6/student (minimum $60 fee)

List of Educational Birds at the Raptor Center

Eagles

  • Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus): “Spirit"
  • Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus): “Reina”
  • Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus): “Eyrie”
  • Golden Eagle (Aquila chrysaetos): “Aquila”

Vulture

  • Turkey Vulture (Cathartes aura): “Aura”

Hawks

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

Owls

  • Eastern Screech-Owl (Otus asio): “Whiskers”
  • Great-horned Owl (Bubo virginianus): “Duke”
  • Great-horned Owl (Bubo virginianus): “Wannago”
  • Barred Owl (Strix varia): “Cypress”

Falcons

  • American Kestrel (Falco sparverius): “Serelle”
  • American Kestrel (Falco sparverius): “Kes”
  • Peregrine Falcon (Falco peregrinus): “Kanati”

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.  

Iowa City/Cedar Rapids area: $135 + .55/mile

Outside of Iowa City/CR Area: $160 + $0.55/mi

An Iowa Birds of Prey program can be arranged by calling 319-624-7178 or emailing Shawn Hawks or Laura Semken.