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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 via rehabilitation, education, research, 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 people and wildlife.

Direct beneficiaries per year: Each year RAPTOR Inc. treats over 300 injured birds of prey at our Milford, Ohio facility and returns over 60% of them back to the wild (significantly higher than the national average.) We also reach over 20,000 people annually with our educational programs.

Geographic areas served: RAPTOR Inc. is dedicated to the conservation of birds of prey via rehabilitation, education, research, 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

36 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

T David R.

Client Served

Rating: 5

In May 2021 I saw a bird in distress in my back garden and realized that it was obviously injured or perhaps a new bird that had fallen from a nest. I called Raptor Inc., immediately as I had heard of them from the Wild About Birds Store in Milford. The person who answered the phone asked for a picture, which I sent, and they indicated that it seemed to be an older bird obviously in need of care. The person gave us specific instructions on how to pick up the bird and to wrap it carefully in a blanket and place it in a small carrier so it wouldn't hurt itself further. With a neighbour's help, we picked up the bird and drove to the Raptor Center where they immediately took the bird in for observation and said they would keep us up to date on how the bird was. They called back to let us know that the bird appeared to be in poor health, perhaps injured, and definitely in need of special care to help it recover. They were giving it all the best care and treatments they could and we knew that it was at least safe and cared for in its poor state of health. They said that the veterinarian would be in to see what injuries it had, as it appeared to have little or no ability to stand, or walk. They called us back to let us know that the bird must have suffered an injury to perhaps its spine or head and that the best thing for the little bird would be to end any further suffering. Although we were of course very sad for the outcome, we realized that we had done the best we could and all the people at Raptor Inc. could not have been kinder, more compassionate and caring to the bird and kept us up to date over the few days the bird was in their care. We were hoping to be able to release the bird once it recovered, but we knew it was given the best care possible while in their center and that is all you can ask for. We cannot thank them enough for what they do for injured raptors in our area.

bonniemcnett

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This is an amazing place. They rehabilitate injured Raptors with the goal of releasing as many back into the wild as possible. They have community outreach and help educate people about the role and importance of birds of prey.

Sue P.4

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Passion and purpose abound at Raptor Inc. What impresses me is that it is a small facility dedicated to an entire Tri-state area. It is a huge challenge to arrange transport, create housing and properly rehabilitate and release these birds of prey. These birds are an integral part of our ecosystem, and Raptor Inc. is also dedicated to educating the public about them. This takes an extreme level of dedication and volunteer efforts to keep their education programs afloat.

My interest began with my father teaching me as much as he knew about them. His was a fascination begun with his grandmother, who was a Native Lakota from South Dakota. She revered birds of prey and taught him their value and symbolism in her world. That value was ingrained in me, and my time with Raptor Inc. has brought me to a place of kindredship among everyone there.

They are a small facility that is so integral to this area. They are less visible than large non-profits, and their needs are met on a shoestring via the passion and expertise of many, and the hearts of volunteers. I have personally begun an awareness of their efforts in my circle. It was surprising how many folks were unaware of the organization.

It is truly from my heart and soul that I speak of their amazing network.

Mary L.2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer with RAPTOR Inc for about 10 years. What an incredibly dedicated group of people! Everyone gives at least 110%! Everyone is supportive! It is rare that I visit without coming away with a new piece of knowledge. I am truly proud to be part of this organization dedicated to improving the natural world through raptor rescue.

Previous Stories

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteer at RAPTOR Inc. in several different capacities. I am the dispatcher for injured bird calls. I also am an educator and take our ambassador birds to programs. I am in the process of helping to develop some new programs and activities.
The staff at RAPTOR Inc has always been supportive of my interests and skills. I rarely go there without learning something new each time. Their knowledge is incredible. Their dedication to quality care of raptors, both the injured wild birds and our permanent resident ambassador birds is commendable. I am proud to be a part of this organization.

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dmorsbach

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have worked with this organization for 13 years. Everyone is so dedicated to the work we do. You could not find a better group of caring workers. Such a good feeling to help these beautiful birds.

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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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Great organization that takes its mission seriously
All the staff and volunteers work so hard to take care of injured raptor population

Carly D.2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

RAPTOR inc. is a wonderful non-profit organization that is not only educational but absolutely vital to our ecosystem by providing treatment and care to wildlife. This non-profit provide multiple opportunities for kids of all ages, and adults to learn about raptors and how important they are for our community and the planet! A must see destination for families of all shapes and sizes in Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana.

Writer

Volunteer

Rating: 5

We are grateful to have RAPTOR Inc. in our community. They perform a vital service and are experts at what they do.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

It's a privledge to work with this organization. The staff and volunteers are highly trained and the birds receive excellent care.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

A few weeks ago, in the midst of the deep snow that we were getting here in Cincinnati, a young red shouldered hawk crashed into our front glass door. He landed on his side, in the snow, with eyes that were rapidly blinking. My husband quickly found some gloves and placed the hawk in a cardboard box in a protected area in our foyer. The next day the hawk seemed a bit better but then, what do we know about hawks? So, I remembered Raptor Inc. from many years ago, they were listed on a circular about contacts for help with emergencies and injured animals. Thankfully, they answered the phone and a wonderful volunteer picked up the hawk within a few hours. Raptor Inc. kept in contact with me, telling me about his progress and the care that he was receiving. Today, the same great volunteer brought the hawk home to us and released him on our property. It was an exhilarating experience and we are extremely grateful for Raptor Inc. We love all animals but had no experience with hawks or any type of raptor. Now we have a new interest with these amazing creatures and a new appreciation of their beauty and character. THANK YOU, everyone at Raptor Inc. and we will spread the word about your tremendous work with the raptors!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

It is hard to believe RAPTOR Inc has been in existence 43 years. I was a fledgling member of the board of directors when RAPTOR Inc was first started in Bill Moring's back yard, we never anticipated what a great organization it would become.
Art & Jinny Wiseman were two of the original cast of characters. They raised food for the birds on the first floor of their home, and we used this space for our monthly meetings, originally a pharmacy/drug store where Art was the pharmacist, until retiring. Along with them was Fritz Haas, a graphic designer who went on to work at the Cincinnati Zoo with the live bird program. Fritz designed the first logo for the organization, which has been in continuous use to this day. Bill, Art, Jinny and Fritz have all passed on to a higher place. Others, names I no longer remember, played just as important a roll as those mentioned. I remained active with the organization until long after they moved to a property with real buildings, where holding and flight cages were built, off Mill Rd. on Covered Bridge Rd. This was next to Winton Woods and the property had a friendly long term lease.
Before they moved east to Barg Salt Run Road, I moved west to the country in south east Indiana. I continued to pick up injured and orphaned raptors and transport them to RAPTOR until the laws changed and the birds were no longer allowed to be transported across state lines. At that time another organization in south east Indiana started picking up the birds and transporting them to DR. Steven Hubbard at Bright Veterinary Clinic.
RAPTOR Inc has continued it's growth with inclusion of eagles in their care protocols, a huge leap forward. The organization continues to perform educational programs. This gives them a nice financial boost, but they still need donations in order to continue at the level they currently work. Donations are always needed.
Thanks for reading my "dissertation" and please donate!
Jeffrey J. Eller

1 Linda F.13

Volunteer

Rating: 5

30 years ago I discovered this non-profit. They rehab injured birds of prey. For 2020 we had an incredible 67% release rate. We give programs to educate the public using injured birds that could not survive if released. Check out our open house usually last Sunday of thg he month.

Danielle Coggins W.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am currently a volunteer educator with Raptor Inc, but I had heard about them and the wonderful things they do for the community and local wildlife long before I became a volunteer. Cindy & Jackie are truly in this field to make a difference. They go above and beyond to deliver the best care for the injured/sick birds that come in. With a mortality rate of only 50% (the lowest among raptors rehab centers) you know they must be doing something right! If you or your family would like to learn more about what Raptor Inc does, or more about raptors in general, this organization offers lots of fun ways to engage in educational learning. From educational programs, pop-up tables, scout programs, photography programs, pellet dissection programs, and monthly FREE Open Houses, Raptor Inc allows people of ages, backgrounds, and interests to learn and engage with local raptor wildlife BUT most importantly, they teach others how they can be helpful in reducing the number of sick and injured birds that come through every year.

HockeyPop29

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Raptor Inc. is a fabulous resource in the Greater Cincinnati area, treating ill and injured birds of prey and educating the public about the importance of these incredible creatures to the environment.

The people of Raptor Inc. are passionate about the conservation of raptors and work hard to provide the best welfare possible. They perform a vital role in helping these species to live and thrive in a world shared with us.

Carly D.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

RAPTOR inc. has been a pivotal organization in both saving and rehabilitation of injured raptors; as well as been a wonderful, accessible source for in-person education for students and the general public.

This NPO has helped educate people on the ecology and the environmental aspects that not only raptors have on the world, but humans too.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

RAPTOR Inc is a wonderful organization that upholds the highest standards of rehabilitating birds of prey. This organization rehabs and releases 300+ raptors each year, helping our local habitats. RAPTOR Inc performs an invaluable service to our region.

Donor

Rating: 5

Raptor Inc. is one of the gems of the Greater Cincinnati area, and I'm proud to support their work with these magnificent birds. It's amazing to be able to see them up close during one of the educational programs (especially Earl the turkey vulture - love her!).

Some years ago I got to talk with one of the volunteers who had brought a few of the birds to the veterinarian for talon trims (just like getting your toenails trimmed and a routine part of bird care). He had a few interesting stories to tell about Earl and vultures in general. And it was a joy to see their great horned owl up close and personal. It was a reminder of how fortunate we are to share our planet with these creatures and how important they are for our own well being.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

RAPTOR Inc. is a wonderful, caring, and inspiring organization. I dropped off an injured Great Horned Owl at their facility in November, 2019. Cindy Alverson welcomed my numerous inquiries on the owl’s welfare, answering my questions and keeping me up to date on the owl’s progress over the following months. When the owl recovered and was able to be released, a small group waited eagerly to observe and celebrate the event. Watching that beautiful creature fly away with strength and vitality was unforgettable, and only possible due to the efforts of staff and volunteers at RAPTOR Inc.!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Raptor inc. has been rehabbing birds of prey for about 40 years. They have one of the highest release rates of the many rehab places even though they are small in comparison and rely so much on voluteers. They provide educational programs to varied venues. It is a great example of a grass roots organization that has continued to make a difference.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

RAPTOR, Inc. has given me the opportunity to continue my education career after my retirement from teaching for thirty-six years. As an RAPTOR educator I am able to visit schools, libraries, scout groups, and parks. Nothing is better than seeing the wonder of children’s faces as they see these magnificent bird of prey ambassadors up close and answering their questions about these beautiful birds. We are able to interact with all ages in our community programs and Open Houses and hope we give a better understanding and appreciation of the raptors with which we share our environment.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I first became aware of Raptor Inc. years ago when a hawk had been injured after flying into a window on my home. Raptor Inc. rescued the bird, rehabilitated it, and then released it back into the "wild" of my suburban neighborhood. All done by volunteers! Since then I have become one of those volunteers and have participated in many rescues. Returning a raptor to the wild is a unique and rewarding experience and one that would not be possible without this organization and all of the hardworking and dedicated volunteers there.

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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.

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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

1 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.

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

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.