Open 365 days 8:30am - 8:30pm|
Phone (406) 646 - 7001 (800) 257 - 2570
WEST YELLOWSTONE, MONTANA
A number of years ago, the Center was presented with the offer to obtain two nonreleasable raptors from a small zoo in western Nebraska. Since that time, the GWDC has recognized the value of taking care of numerous birds-of-prey and presenting their stories to our visitors. Additionally, the Center has developed an outreach program that allows for these live hawks, owls, falcons and eagle to travel to nearby schools for some pretty exciting class work.
All of the birds that are permitted to reside at the GWDC have been determined to be nonreleasible into the wild by veterinarians. Some of the birds have been hit by vehicles and are unable to fly or see well, while others have a behavioral challenge that makes it impossible for survival in the wild.
Some of the raptors are off-exhibit and others are housed in a seasonal outdoor raptor exhibit area May thru November. The Center provides a variety of fresh foods that includes rats, mice, quail and game meat to keep these magnificent birds in optimal health. The birds are transported to programs in specially designed crates that allows for safety and seclusion.
Bird-of-prey programs are scheduled at the Center throughout the week. Outreach programs can be scheduled with the education department by contacting the Center at (800) 257-2570 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Meet the Raptors:
ACADIA is a female Saw-Whet Owl
DID YOU KNOW?
Eating insects and worms is not enough to get a bird classified as a bird of prey. Birds have to hunt bigger game, such as fish or mice, to earn that title.