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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 50% 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

25 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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.

Mary L.2

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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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.

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.

Writer

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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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!

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

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

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.