About The Raptor Project
In the fall of 2011, the Cable Natural History Museum initiated a live raptor program, to educate people of all ages the importance of conservation through the use of live, non-releasable birds of prey. Our first bird Binase, a female red-tailed hawk, was an amazing educator who reached several hundred people through our raptor programming before she died in May of 2012. Her inspiring message of protecting and conserving natural habitat for animals like her was heard by many, and she in turn inspired us to create a more comprehensive raptor education program.
The Museum has now built a mews (a falconry term that means a raptor enclosure) with space for three birds of prey, on the Museum’s campus in the town of Cable. We have three raptors in residence who are in training as education birds.
Our Great Horned Owl is named Theo after self taught naturalist and conservationist Theodore Roosevelt. He came to us from a wildlife rehabilitator and could not be released back into the wild.
Carson is our Red-tailed Hawk named after Rachel Carson, who in her book Silent Spring, brought attention to the detrimental effects of DDT on species such as raptors.
An American Kestrel we’ve named Aldo, after Aldo Leopold, has also become one of the family. He fell out of his nest as a young bird and was left with injuries that don’t allow him to be released back into the wild.
All of our raptors consist of birds deemed disabled/nonreleasable. Wild raptors are sometimes brought to a wildlife rehabilitator center, due to injury or illness. A veterinarian, in conjunction with a licensed wildlife rehabilitator, must decide that a raptor is healthy enough to be an education animal, but not healthy enough to survive on its own in the wild. The birds we have in our care are healthy birds that tolerate a captive life well, but not healthy enough to be released back to the wild.