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Indiana Raptor Center at Brown County State Park: 2018 Schedule

Domonic Potorti talks about Mowgli, a great horned owl, at Brown County State Park.

Domonic Potorti talks about Mowgli, a great horned owl, at Brown County State Park.

The 2018 schedule of Indiana Raptor Center presentations at Brown County State Park has been finalized! This is a great opportunity to see four birds of prey at close range, take photos, and learn about their lives and their importance in the environment.

Presentations on the following dates take place at 2pm at the Nature Center:

  • May 5, 12, 19
  • June 2, 9, 15, 23, 30
  • July 7, 14, 21, 28
  • October 6, 13, 20, 27

Presentations on the following dates take place at 7:30pm at the Abe Martin Lodge.

  • May 27
  • July 3
  • September 2
  • November 23

Our presentations are free to attend, but there is an admission fee at the park gate. Donations, which always go to supporting the rehabilitation of the magnificent birds in our care, are gratefully accepted!

Indiana Raptor Center Tours: 2018 Information

[Updated 5/3/18 to reflect new pricing and time information]

Taki the Eurasian Eagle Owl

Indiana Raptor Center is happy to welcome the public to tour our Nashville, Indiana facilities.

Tours are held from 3-4pm daily, by reservation only. You can make a tour reservation by calling us at 812-988-8990. Tours available March through July, September through November, and during December, weather permitting. Adult admission is $10; Children age 6-12 are $7 each.

In order to ensure the safety of our resident birds of prey and visitors, no children under the age of 6, please. All ages are welcome at our frequent presentations at Brown County State Park’s Nature Center and Abe Martin Lodge, however! Please check back soon for our schedule of presentations for 2018 and be sure to follow us on Facebook, too!

Raptor Rendezvous 2017

Promotional graphic for the Raptor Rendezvous event, featuring an abstract Barn Owl illustration

Indiana Raptor Center’s annual Raptor Rendezvous returns on September 17, 2017!

Another date for your calendar – Raptor Rendezvous 2017 will be held from 1pm to 4:30pm on September 17 at the Abe Martin Lodge in Brown County State Park. Come help out InRC while enjoying food, cash bar, a multi-center raptor show and silent auction.

Tickets will go on sale August 1 for $30 and need to be purchased in advance – there will be “will call” at the door, but no at-door ticket sales – we need to know ahead of time how many attendees there will be both for catering and to get you into the park gate for free. So help us out and buy your tickets early!

To buy your tickets:

  • · Send a check to Indiana Raptor Center, PO Box 1153, Nashville IN 47448
  • · Pay via Paypal through this website. Just hit the big heart-shaped PayPal button! Please be sure to add a note that the amount is for tickets and not a donation.
  • · Call us at 812-988-8990 to pay by credit card

We don’t ask for coverage for the Paypal or credit card fees, but if you want to throw in a couple extra dollars to cover that, it will help us out a lot.

Thanks to all of our supporters! We look forward to seeing you on September 17.

An Important Note About Tours

Due to a heavier than normal patient load for this time of year, the Indiana Raptor Center will be closed for tours after Thanksgiving. Patients will still be accepted as usual. We will reopen for tours in March of 2017. Since our tours are a totally outdoor experience, we are normally closed in January, February, and August every year due to weather concerns (snow, road conditions to get here, cold, and heat in August) and stress on the birds (heat in August, plus a needed break in their programming schedules).

We will be open for tours from March thru July, and from September thru December, in 2017. Tours are available during these months in the afternoons from 1-5PM. Please contact us through this website (email or phone) for reservations. Offsite programs may continue to be arranged year-round at your school, museum, meeting place, or other venue.

Photo of Indiana Raptor Center board member Domonic Potorti and Elmo the Barred Owl educate the campers at Happy Hollow in Brown County, IN.

InRC board member Domonic Potorti and Elmo the Barred Owl educate the campers at Happy Hollow in Brown County, IN.

Raptor Rendezvous 2016

It’s time once again to for Raptor Rendezvous, a chance to come together to celebrate the beauty of birds of prey!

Besides the opportunity to see beautiful raptors and other wildlife, attendees will enjoy refreshments and bid on a wide variety of silent auction items. All proceeds from the event will go to support Indiana Raptor Center’s mission of caring for injured and orphaned birds of prey and educating the public about the value of these magnificent animals.

Raptor Rendezvous fundraiser

Date: November 13, 2016
Time: 1:00pm to 4:30pm
Location: Abe Martin Lodge in Brown County State Park

Tickets are $30 per person. To purchase your ticket, please call 812-988-8990. Tickets are selling quickly and we only have a few left!

Raptor Art Spotlight: Avery

Our friend Avery is our featured artist for July-August. Avery is a bright talented 8 year old Hoosier who is a good friend of the Indiana Raptor Center. Her artwork displays an observational power, and the budding skills to reproduce those observations, that are well beyond her years. Jack Wittenbrink, our supporting metal and papercut artist from New Orleans thinks she is something of a prodigy because her drawings depict correct anatomical features in proper proportion, while also putting the light of life, curiosity and spirit into the birds she draws. We are happy to have her as a friend, and will continue to feature her work on this website as long as she continues to grace us with more drawings!

A pencil drawing of a screech owl

A pencil drawing of a screech owl by young artist Avery

A pencil drawing of a parrot

A drawing of a parrot by young artist Avery

A pencil drawing of a barn owl in flight

A pencil drawing of a barn owl in flight by young artist Avery

A pencil drawing of a barn owl with a mouse

Barn owl with mouse, by young artist Avery.

C14, Indiana’s oldest Bald Eagle

Where were you in July of 1987?

C14,  Indiana's oldest Bald Eagle, held by a staff member at Indiana Raptor Center.

C14, Indiana’s oldest Bald Eagle in the care of Indiana Raptor Center.

This bald eagle was being hacked, or prepared for release to the wild, in an area near Lake Monroe, Indiana. Bands have identified this eagle as C14, the oldest eagle ever recorded in Indiana at the ripe old age of 28 years, 9 months! He was banded as a youngster on July 13, 1987, during the third year of eagle reintroduction efforts by the Indiana DNR.

C14 was admitted to Indiana Raptor Center on Friday, April 15 after being found at the confluence of the Eel and White River grounded by a severe shoulder dislocate and resulting emaciation. Since then, he has been gaining weight. We began treatment with tube feedings, pain medications, and anti-inflammatories. We put his wing in a harness-type sling to stabilize his dislocated shoulder. We also took care to clean and top dress a few facial lacerations, as they were close to the sinus area. After a week, C14 progressed from tube feedings to whole food with little feather or fur, and we continue to monitor him closely. It is likely that C14 will not be able to be released to the wild, but as long as he is able to eat and not in pain, he will live out his days in human care.

We salute this eagle for courage and intelligence to have survived so long in the wild. To think of the young he has raised, the weather he has endured, challenges from other eagles and human encroachment: it is truly a miracle!

Stay tuned at our Facebook page and as ever, your help is appreciated! Your donation will go directly to caring for C14 and birds like him. Learn more about C14 from the Indiana DNR.

C14,  Indiana's oldest Bald Eagle , eats a solid meal.

C14, Indiana’s oldest Bald Eagle , eats a solid meal.

Raptor Art Spotlight: Brenda Lyons

We’re back with another look at an artist who turns her talents to the celebration of raptor-kind. This time, we meet Brenda LyonsBased in Connecticut, Brenda goes by Windfalcon on DeviantArt, speaking to her great love of falcons (she even devotes an entire gallery devoted to Falcons). Her MFA thesis work at the Savannah College of Art and Design was titled An Illustrative Exploration of Birds of Prey in History and CultureClearly, this is an artist who is deeply inspired by birds of prey.

Her artwork ranges from naturalistic depictions of raptors in their environment to more mystical compositions which capture the spiritual feelings birds of prey engender in many of their admirers. She also does pieces painted directly on feathers. We hope you enjoy the following examples of her art as much as we do!

Four North American Raptors by Brenda Lyons

Four North American Raptors, © Brenda Lyons. Shared here with the artist’s permission.

Overlook by Brenda Lyons

Overlook, © Brenda Lyons. Shared here with the artist’s permission.

Sea Eagles, a feather painting by Brenda Lyons.

Sea Eagles, a feather painting. © Brenda Lyons. Shared here with the artist’s permission.

Voice of Autumn Light by Brenda Lyons.

Voice of Autumn, © Brenda Lyons. Shared here with the artist’s permission.

Please follow Brenda at her websiteat DeviantArt and peruse the variety of wonderful prints at DeviantArt and prints, masks, and original art for sale on Etsy. She also has written an instructional book for artists interested in illustrating winged fantasy creatures. To top all that off, she’s no stranger to raptor rehab, involved as a volunteer at Horizon Wings in Connecticut. We’d like to thank Brenda for her dedication to birds of prey, and for allowing us to put her in the spotlight here on our blog.

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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