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Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animals, Education, Environment, Wildlife Preservation & Protection

Mission: RAPTOR Inc. is dedicated to the conservation of birds of prey through rehabilitation, education, and community service. RAPTOR Inc. is a 501(c)3 organization with the proper state and federal permits and facilities required to treat these birds. The organization also cares for several permanent resident birds that serve as educational ambassadors for their wild counterparts. There are over 20 different bird of prey species indigenous to southern Ohio and northern Kentucky. These include owls, hawks, falcons, eagles, osprey, harriers, kites and vultures. Birds of prey are vital for a healthy environment. They provide many ecological services, such as controlling pest species, removing disease-causing pathogens from the environment by scavenging on carrion, and serving as indicators of environmental contamination.

Target demographics: RAPTOR Inc. works to preserve and protect birds of prey and their habitat, and to form meaningful connections between the public and wildlife.

Direct beneficiaries per year: Each year RAPTOR Inc. treats over 200 injured birds of prey at our Milford, Ohio facility and returns over 50% of them back to the wild (significantly higher than the national average.) We also reach over 20,000 people anually with our educational programs.

Geographic areas served: RAPTOR Inc. is dedicated to the conservation of birds of prey through rehabilitation, education, and community service.

Programs: RAPTOR Inc. volunteers present over 350 educational programs at schools, libraries, scout meetings, parks, senior centers, and similar venues using LIVE birds of prey. A personal encounter with a live raptor is powerful, and impresses upon people the importance of taking action to protect our environment.

Community Stories

14 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Board Member

Rating: 5

Raptor, as a nonprofit organization, has a strategic plan of conservation, rehabilitation, education, and community service. To accomplish these goals, Raptor relies on its group of dedicated volunteers & staff for the various tasks necessary to meet these goals. For over 30 years, in the southern Ohio & northern Kentucky area, the rehabilitators have cared for injured raptors with the primary goal of releasing the raptor back into its natural habitat. Often times, this may require a late evening visit to the facility to assess an injured raptor and this is done without hesitation. Funded by donations and public educational programs, the board does an excellent job of being good stewards of these resources. The organization provides initial and recurrent training for the volunteers who offer their services in transport, rehabilitation, program demonstrations, and scientific studies. Raptor also accepts and evaluates new ideas from its members and volunteers for the continued growth of RaptorInc. In my 3 years as a volunteer & a year as a board member, I have witnessed continued growth of the organization and its services to the community. It is truly a pleasure to be apart of Raptor and I am looking forward to its continued growth and success.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a volunteer at RAPTOR, Inc. I work in the infirmary with the sick and injured birds. I also work with the public, educating them of the important role these majestic birds have in our world.
The staff at RAPTOR, Inc . is devoted to the care and treatment of their patients. They refuse to give up unless there is no hope at all. I have seen injured or sick birds admitted that did not have much hope at all. Slowly, after months of treatment, most of these birds heal, regain strength and are finally released back to the wild. Those are the days we all hope for.
I feel very fortunate to be involved with RAPTOR, Inc. Rosie Ayers

Robert S.2

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering at Raptor Inc. for 5 years. I am impressed with the passion and professionalism of the Director, Assistant Director and other volunteers involved with the organization.
People freely give of their time, talents and resources to fulfill the mission of Rehabilitation, Education and Conservation of Raptors.
A class organization that I am proud to be a part of.

Steven L.3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a volunteer at the Cincinnati Nature Center I walked a trail one day and passed the large shelters of RAPTOR INC. Being curious I attended an educational outreach presentation which included an introduction of three of RAPTOR's program birds. The presentation was so professional and the audience of youngsters was so attentive. Being impressed, I connected with RAPTOR and volunteered to help. My first Open House event was also very professional, and I think the passion for the mission is the main reason everything seems go as planned by leadership, an exceptional staff and cadre of volunteers. This organization does what it says it will do. They do it well. And the birds and public are better off for their dedicated efforts.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My students enjoy RAPTOR Inc.'s annual visit to our classroom. Seeing the birds in person makes for a memorable lesson! The school's scout programs enjoy having RAPTOR Inc. visit each year too!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

RAPTOR Inc. is a great organization! My family and I visited during an Open House and had a wonderful time! There were many fun activities and we learned a lot!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I really enjoyed learning about these amazing birds and having the opportunity to see them up close. It was a life-changing experience.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

RAPTOR Inc. is such a blessing in our community! It's a comfort to know that someone is there to care for these important and amazing creatures when they are in need!

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer with Raptor Inc. since 2001. During that period of time I have seen major changes. I have seen Raptor go from an amateur, poorly organized organization struggling in a pieced together facility to a well oiled professional group of dedicated enthusiasts that have purpose built a facility dedicated to the rescue, rehabilitation and public education of raptors. The current leadership at Raptor Inc. has made great strides in educating themselves on the proper care and treatment of raptors as well as developing educational techniques that embrace both young and old alike. Their grasp of social media has allowed Raptor to stay current with any medical treatments newly introduced as well as reaching out to various civic and social groups allowing us to expand not only our exposure within the community but to expand our volunteer base. I have seen Raptor grow almost exponentially in the past 6 years and with the current plans to build a visitor and education center I expect to see more rapid growth in the years to come. I expect Raptor Inc. to become a Cincinnati landmark in step with the Cincinnati Zoo and The Cincinnati Nature Center.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteer for RAPTOR Inc. It is always an honor to help a bird get better and get back out into the world to continue its life journey. We all have a place here on earth.

Kat J.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This entirely volunteer non-profit takes in an amazing number of injured and ill birds of prey, and releases so many. Their adherence to what is best for the birds and their desire to improve the environment is amazing. Can I give 6 stars?

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered with Raptor, Inc. for 10 years. It is so rewarding to see a bird come into rehab and thinking it was not going to survive and being able to release the bird weeks later. We do everything possible to help these birds survive. Sometimes they do not make it but you know you did the best you could. Every person that works at Raptor is dedicated to the organization. We make sure and educate the public on the best ways to help these birds of prey so we have fewer injured birds. Thanks for the chance to help.

Mary L.2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

RAPTOR is an organization run by volunteers. In picking up injured birds we are likely to travel over 100 miles round trip. We picked up over 200 birds last year.
We have bird enclosures to clean weekly, grass to be mowed, structural repairs to be done as needed, program birds to be fed daily, injured birds to be medicated and examined daily. We provide outreach programs to scouts, retirement communities, schools, senior centers, lical festivals, etc. Did I mention we are run by volunteers.
Our staff is dedicated to quality services for our birds and our communities Each of us gives 110%. We wouldnt have uf any other way.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Raptor Inc is an amazing place and a top notch organization. The work that is done there is vital to helping injured birds of prey.