Adopt-a-Raptor Program

Junior Naturalist raptor program with Carson and Elsa


Ambassadors for Education

While it’s possible to look at a picture of an animal and learn from it, learning from a live animal makes a much greater impression.

Adopting a raptor helps to ensure we can continue this important work.

Benefits the raptors receive

  • Food: We provide a natural diet specific for the raptors.
  • Housing: Each bird has a safe enclosure that is cleaned and inspected daily. An additional outside aviary provides the birds enrichment along with increasing the visibility of the raptors to the public.
  • Equipment: Each bird requires size specific leather anklets and jesses, perches, handling gloves and traveling crates.
  • Health Care: Each bird receives an annual exam and expert medical care as needed.
  • Bird-handler training: Staff and volunteers receive training to learn about proper care and management of raptors, bird behavior and natural history.

Benefits you receive

  • Certificate of Adoption2015-07-02 10.56.40
  • 4″ x 6″ glossy photo
  • Postcard (so you can tell a friend!)
  • Personal history of your adopted raptor
  • General information on the species
  • Raptor ID silhouette sheet
  • Weekly “News from the Mews” email update
  • Pellet to dissect (optional)

Adopting a raptor is a great way to learn about our raptors
while helping us meeting their food, medical and housing needs!

Great Horned Owl, Theo on perch


 Adoption Levels:

  • Nestling, $25
  • Juvenile, $35
  • Adult, $50

  • Aldo the American Kestrel
  • Carson the Red-tailed Hawk
  • Theo the Great Horned Owl


To pay online by credit card, visit our payment page choosing a donation level of $25, $35, or $50. Proceed to Check Out and follow instructions for paying via PayPal, including in the “Memo/Order Notes” section:

  • Name(s) to appear on the Certificate of Adoption
  • Your chosen Raptor to adopt
  • Yes or No if you would like a raptor pellet to dissect


To pay by mail, download and print the Adopt-a-Raptor form in pdf format. Complete form and mail form and check to:

CNHM, PO Box 416, Cable, WI  54821