Adopt a Raptor

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Adopt a Raptor 2019-11-27T22:58:32+00:00

Exciting News! The Edgerton Explorit Center’s partnership with Fontenelle Forest‘s Raptor Recovery Program is official. We received the federal and local permits this week and already have the raptors at our facility! We will start our educational programming with some local special events this fall as we work with the birds to get them exposed to groups and to being educational birds. Our official programming will kick off in January 2020.

Edgerton Explorit Center’s Raptor Recover Program

Adopt A Raptor

A raptor adoption helps to fund our raptor program by supplying food and medicine for our birds.   All three of our raptors are male.  They were all found injured and taken to Fontenelle Forest’s Raptor Recovery Center for rehabilitation. None could be returned to the wild due to their injuries but will be used to help us education thousands with our Raptor Education Program. All three have very different personalities and seem to already love their new “home”.    An adoption is a great for yourself or give as a gift to someone you love.   Adoptions are also great activities for school classrooms.

Adoption Levels

$25 Level

  • Adoption Certificate
  • 5 x 7 color photo of your adopted raptor
  • Information Card

$50 Level

  • Adoption Certificate
  • 5 x 7 color photo of your adopted raptor
  • Information Card
  • Medium Plush Stuffed Raptor
  • Edgerton Explorit Center T-Shirt

$100 Level

  • Adoption Certificate
  • 5 x 7 color photo of your adopted raptor
  • Information Card
  • Medium Plush Stuffed Raptor
  • Edgerton Explorit Center T-shirt

$250 Level

  • Adoption Certificate
  • 5 x 7 color photo of your adopted raptor
  • Information Card
  • Medium Plush Stuffed Raptor
  • Edgerton Explorit Center T-shirt
  • 5 passes to Edgerton Explorit Center
  • Edgerton Explorit Center T-Shirt

$1,000 Level

  • Adoption Certificate
  • 5 x 7 color photo of your adopted raptor
  • Information Card
  • Medium Plush Stuffed Raptor
  • Edgerton Explorit Center T-shirt
  • 10 passes to Edgerton Explorit Center
  • Behind the scene tour for up to 10 people

Who’s Available for Adoption

Roy – Swainson’s Hawk

Roy was found by Lake Minatar, by Scottsbluff on August of 2018.  He was very thin, possibly suffering from West Nile Virus and he had a broken left wing.  They eat mice and rabbit but when migrating they will switch to grasshoppers and dragonflies.  They are social raptors outside of breeding season.  In the fall they migrate to Argentina for the winter (one of the longest migrations of any American Raptor, around 12,000 miles round trip).

Roy was named by Pinnacle Bank.

Roy's Route Map
Roy Picture

Doc –  Eastern Screech Owl

He was found in Bellevue NE in Dec 2018.  He had a broken Left wing that didn’t heal well and was unable to be released in the wild.  They are a resident of our area and do not migrate.  They live in tree cavities or nest boxes.  They are active during the night and hunt at dusk or dawn.  Their calls sound like a trills and whinnies.  They eat small animals, birds and insects.  Males are smaller than the Females and they will remain together for life.  Owls regurgitate the bones and fur or feathers of their prey into an oval pellet.

Doc is named after Harrold “Doc” Edgerton who is the centers name sake.

Doc's Route Map
Doc's (owl) picture

American Kestrel – Ted

He was found as a youngster in a tree that had fallen with a broken wing, which did not heal properly.  They are North Americas littlest falcon and the most colorful.  The black vertical stripes on their face are distinctive for all falcons.  They eat small rodents along with grasshoppers, cicadas, dragonflies, spiders.  They nest in cavities and ready made nest boxes.  They are the most common and wide spread falcon but over the years they have been in decline because of habitat loss.  They also can end up as prey for other larger birds.  They can see in ultraviolet light and fly in a very fast stoop to chase their prey.

Ted was named by Edward Jones.

Ted's Route Map
Ted's picture
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