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Raptor Art Spotlight: Steve Goad

For our second post featuring beautiful raptor art, we turn our eye to Steve Goad. Hailing from Texas, Steve makes his living as a full-time artist and has worked quite a bit in the video game and publishing industries. His body of work includes still life, landscapes, and charismatic renderings of comic, sci-fi, and fantasy characters, but our focus here today will be on a his lovely raptors.

Red-Tailed Hawk by Steve Goad

Red-Tailed Hawk, © Steve Goad. Shared here with the artist’s permission.

Freedom Haze by Steve Goad

Freedom Haze, © Steve Goad. Shared here with the artist’s permission.

Golden Eagle portrait, by Steve Goad

Golden Eagle portrait, © Steve Goad. Shared here with the artist’s permission.

To follow Steve’s work, please like his Facebook page, follow him on DeviantArt, purchase high-quality prints at Fine Art America, and of course head over to his professional website. We’d like to thank Steve for allowing us to share his work here and for also bringing his artistic talents to bear in these gorgeous renderings of birds of prey.

Vulture Awareness Day!

Today is Vulture Awareness Day around the world. Vultures may not be the most popular birds among the general public, but they are vital members of the environment. They are facing a range of pressures around the world, most famously from diclofenac poisoning.

Official International Vulture Awareness Day logo

The official International Vulture Awareness Day logo

A few years ago, I accompanied Patti Reynolds and stalwart volunteer/ house taxidermist Markus to retrieve and injured Turkey Vulture. Her wing injury would prove to be of the sort that just can’t be fixed, but Markus, Patti, and Laura gave the bird their all in hopes of a good outcome. It is so often the case that the stresses these birds encounter before entering Indiana Raptor Center’s care prove to be too much, and the best that can be done is to provide a safe, stress-free environment for their passing.

Patti and Markus rescue an injured Turkey Vulture

Patti and Markus rescue an injured Turkey Vulture

An injured Turkey Vulture, rescued by Indiana Raptor Center

An injured Turkey Vulture, rescued by Indiana Raptor Center

Laura Edmunds and Patti Reynolds tend to an injured Turkey Vulture

Laura Edmunds and Patti Reynolds tend to an injured Turkey Vulture

It was exciting to watch my first bird rescue. For my part, I got to hold a big net and help form a perimeter so Patti and Markus could nab her. She had not eaten recently, and therefore couldn’t manage the trademarked defense-by-repulsion method Turkey Vultures favor: good old-fashioned puke.

Bird rescue and rehabilitation is a tireless occupation, with many heartbreaks along the way. Please donate to Indiana Raptor Center to help us rescue and care for these birds, and if you cannot attend our Raptor Rendezvous fundraiser on September 12, 2015, please consider purchasing a ticket for a local first responder!

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Raptor Art Spotlight: Claudia Hahn

Birds of prey inspire awe in us, and that awe often finds expression in works of art. Indiana Raptor Center’s Nashville headquarters are a virtual art gallery! To celebrate our appreciation of and respect for artists who create inspiring raptor art of all sorts – from felting to mixed media to comics to illustration – we’re beginning a regular series of artist spotlights here at our new website. Illustrator Claudia Hahn has agreed to be our first subject.

Claudia is a native of Germany, but now calls England home. She describes herself as “an enthusiastic fossil hunter and birdwatcher, a lover of owls,” and can even boast that she once “was the brief owner of a pet magpie.” She is especially interested in working on conservation projects, stemming from her deep appreciation of natural history. This love of the natural world comes through loud and clear in her work, as you will see in the selected pieces below.

First, we’ll start with a couple of owl species we’re well-acquainted with in the midwestern United States: the Barn Owl and Barred Owl.

'Twilight in the Highlands', original oil painting by Claudia Hahn

‘Twilight in the Highlands,’ original oil painting by Claudia Hahn

'Barred Owl,' reproduction of a painting by Claudia Hahn

‘Barred Owl,’ reproduction of a painting by Claudia Hahn

Claudia’s anatomical studies are as enchanting as her illustrations of live birds, as in this study of a wing.

Reproduction of 'Bones', anatomical study by Claudia Hahn

Reproduction of ‘Bones,’ anatomical study by Claudia Hahn

Naturally, she also focused on raptors exotic to us, as in this incredible portrait of a Red Kite.

'The Red Kite,' original painting by Claudia Hahn

‘The Red Kite,’ original painting by Claudia Hahn

We hope you’ve enjoyed Claudia’s work and will follow her on social media: follow her at her artist website and portfolio, as well as on Twitter, Facebook, DeviantArt, and Tumblr. Even better, check out Claudia’s Etsy Shop where you can purchase originals and/ or prints of the works I’ve shared here and many more works that explore other facets of the natural world.

All images in this post © Claudia Hahn and used with her permission.

A new year and a new van!

Side view of the Indiana Raptor Center van

A side view of the new Indiana Raptor Center van.

Indiana Raptor Center recently acquired a new van specifically for use by our organization. Until now, all transport for rescue, programming, and other business was carried out using the private vehicles of volunteers and board members. Some “vehicle volunteering” will continue especially in the case of rescues, as we have volunteers living all over southern and central Indiana who pick up birds for us in their local areas and bring them to the center. The new van will be used for program transportation, rescues within a 1 hour range, and other official business such as classes, meetings, and supply runs.

The van was purchased through a very generous $18,000 grant donation from the Brown County Community Foundation plus a gift from a private donor, and a small amount from the Indiana Raptor Center’s operating funds. The van was purchased in October 2014 from Terry Lee Honda, and was a 2012 Honda Odyssey LX with 44,000 miles on it. Thanks to all donors, including Terry Lee Honda for giving us a good discount on the vehicle!

Bird decals on the InRC van

A host of raptors looks out from the window of our new van.


Indiana Raptor Center logo decal

A decal of the InRC logo on the side of the new van.

Once we had the van, it needed to be branded, not only for identification purposes, but also to let people know that we exist and how to contact us, plus to raise some awareness and get people thinking about the value of birds of prey as we go around the state, and even out of state on occasion. The photos show the work donated by one of our donor/supporter companies, Cardinal Visual Solutions/Cardinal Manufacturing located in the Broad Ripple district of Indianapolis. The van displays our name, location and phone number; logos of our supporting groups that made the van possible, and photos of some of our resident birds.

Brown County Community fund decal

A generous grant from the Brown County Community fund made this van possible.


InRC URL decal

Follow our van to our new website!


Cardinal Manufacturing logo decal

Cardinal Visual Solutions was a huge help in branding our van.

We think that Cardinal did a great job, and thank them, along with Brown County Community Foundation and our other sponsors, for their generosity!