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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Animals, Bird Sanctuaries, Protection of Endangered Species, Wildlife Sanctuaries

Mission: Through public education, Lowcountry Raptor fosters a connection between people and birds of prey. Our goal is to help the human part of the natural community learn to value, understand, and honor the role of wildlife in preserving the natural and cultural heritage of the Lowcountry.

Results: Lowcountry Raptors has reached an estimated 17,000 children and adults with our living birds of prey programs since its inception in 2014.

Target demographics: Lowcountry Raptors educates the community about the majesty of our native birds of prey and the role these birds play in the ecosystem of South Carolina.

Direct beneficiaries per year: In 2016, Lowcountry Raptors reached over 10,000 children and adults throughout the Lowcountry of South Carolina.

Geographic areas served: Lowcountry Raptors works in Beaufort,Berkley, Charleston, Colleton, Dorchester, Hampton, Jasper, and Orangeburg counties of SC.

Programs: Lowcountry Raptors provides educational birds of prey programs to schools, youth organizations, and community events.

Community Stories

26 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

1 Shannon Sonnabend D.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Lowcountry Raptors and Ms. Lila have been an essential partner in my 6th grade Science curriculum. My students study animal adaptations and compare and contrast owls and sea turtles. When Ms. Lila brings the birds to my school, the kids are SO excited to see these amazing creatures in person and she has such a wealth of knowledge to share with them. Every year she amazes us with cool facts and her passion for these birds.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Low Country Raptors is a wonderful organization the educates the public about raptors at no charge and takes care of beautiful raptors that have experienced injuries and can't be released for their own safety. They are very active in low country!

Julie M. G.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Love this! Teaching our young people valuable lessons!

cubleyanne

Donor

Rating: 5

I have been in this "LowCountry Raptors" class at 3 different location. I always learn something else. I love Lila and the closeness she has with the Raptors. She is an amazing teacher and the last one I went to was at the Library with a room full of your kids. They behaved beautifully because they were engaged. She is GREAT!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

They come to OLLI classes (students 55+ yrs old). I learned so much about turkey vultures that I now know they are friends. I have gone to 3 classes and learn new things each time. There is always a little owl there, too. LOVE the presentations.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Lowcountry Raptors has presented extensive education programs for our high school students with audiences of 50 or more at a time. All students get a good look at the birds and learn all about them. This opportunity is a lifetime experience for many of our students.

Karen Tredje A.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have been following Lowcountry Raptors since they arrived here from Wichita Falls, TX. I thought I had a basic understanding of the avian. I realized quickly how much I did not know as each visit to the Education Booth gives me more information, more facts, more vital impacts these birds of prey have on the entire world, in every aspect. Each visit is a learning experience and each species provides the community with an up close & personal education that you simply will not find with any other type of education. The knowledge of the Raptor volunteers is staggering, entertaining, informative and most of all educational. Each visit, I walk away shaking my head in astonishment at the facts I have just absorbed. I would give 10 stars if I could! Expand your knowledge, grow your love of the raptor and be amazed at all there is to learn. Whenever I am looking for the booth, I look for the crowds.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

One of the Saturday highlights is visiting Lowcountry Raptors booth at Port Royal Farmers Market. The volunteers are exceptionally knowledgable and where else on earth can you get so close to a Raptor!?! It is exciting, thrilling and educational.

Lila A.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Lowcountry Raptors does approximately 300 programs annually all across the Lowcountry of South Carolina. We have 11 non-releasable raptors we use for our presentations.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Lowcountry Raptors brought some of their birds to a Road Scholar class I was attending a while ago. It was an amazing experience, and I applaud their dedication to bringing awareness to not just the 'fun' species, but to teaching people about the importance of birds such as Turkey Vultures.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Lilla and the raptors in her care were first introduced to me when she came to the preschool where I taught. She continued to bring the birds back and with each visit the children's knowledge and concern for the raptors grew.
I watch her at the Farmers Market each Saturday bringing the birds to teach the adults and children who stop by her booth about how we can protect the habitat of these birds.
These birds, Lilla and the volunteers are bringing an awareness of our need as humans to protect all the creatures on our planet. Thank you. Kristy Wood

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Fabulous presentation! Very informative. My87-year old mother is still talking about it!

1 Barbara293

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Lowcountry Raptors brought their beautiful birds to Marriott's Grande Ocean Resort where they gave an engaging and informative presentation. Afterwards they were so very patient and kind to my son with autism who had tons of questions and wanted to take close up pictures. It was truly one of the highlights of his vacation. Thank you!

1 Suzy10

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Lowcountry Raptors is the best! The best way to learn about and see beautiful birds!

2 Bruce57

Client Served

Rating: 5

LowCountry Raptors has done wonderful work at our LowCountry Montessori School. Lila and her team have been so giving in visiting and teaching and the students love it. Clearly, she and those who work with her are deeply dedicated to these birds and to sharing and educating about them. The organization has been a constant presence at the Port Royal Farmer's Market were, literally, thousands have come in contact with these wondrous raptors and learned about them and their importance to our ecosystem.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Lowcountry Raptors visited Helena Place assisted living a couple of months ago and the residents (with dementia) are still talking about it. Great presentation, very informative!

1 Leslie111

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I visited the Morris Foundation today and thoroughly enjoyed Lila Arnold's riveting talk about these amazing raptors. The audience was completely enthralled by the stories of how these beautiful birds were rescued, along with amazing facts about them. It was a wonderful way to spend an afternoon. It was very apparent that Ms. Arnold is committed to educating the public about these birds. Thank you! - Leslie Natoli, Bluffton, SC

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am the Activity Director at Bloom at Belfair in Bluffton, SC. The Raptors came to our community and gave a wonderfully informative presentation! My residents loved it!

2

Donor

Rating: 5

I enjoy visiting with Lowcountry Raptors at the Port Royal Farmers' Market. It is impressive to see these amazing birds up close and learn more about them. I appreciate Lowcountry Raptors' dedication.

1 Aliceia A.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I am very thankful for the rescue efforts of this organization and the educational programs presented so that our youth can learn more and gain an appreciation of these beautiful raptors.

1 Calla C.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

We are so THANKFUL for this organization! Lowcountry Raptors came to my child's kindergarten Halloween party and offered their time to share the beautiful birds with the kids- my sister also volunteers for them so it holds a very special place in our hearts!

2 Denise168

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

This is a great organization not only for their educational programs, but for their live saving work with raptors that are injured an unable to be returned to the wild. They provide a safe living environment for these raptors that are blind or permanently injured and socialize them for use in these great educational programs.

1 Debi22

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Lowcountry Raptors presented a thorough program to students at our high school free of charge. The program was informative and students were thrilled to have an opportunity to see raptors up close. I personally have been impacted by having an opportunity to learn more about raptors and to share my love of birds with the public.

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I'm a supporter of Low Country Raptors through donations. I have experienced the presentations through pictures & posts since I live a distance away. I truly believe that when children & even adults interact with wildlife, especially those with special needs they learn compassion & respect.

2 Jennifer619

Donor

Rating: 5

We attended a special event at our local library presented by Lowcountry Raptors. My children LOVED it. My son who has a sensory processing disorder sat the ENTIRE TIME!!! Listening and Learning. Whenever we go back to the library he will ask when the owls are coming back.
They are an amazing and deserving organization.

2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I thoroughly enjoyed your presentation at Port Royal Farmer's Market. Your volunteers were extremely knowledgeable about each bird of prey. It was truly magical to see each bird up close!