Eagle Valley Raptor Center in 2011
Eagle Valley Raptor Center near Cheney, Kansas
was started in 2003 to promote conservation of birds of prey through public
education, and provide shelter and care to injured & orphaned raptors.
Raptors are birds of prey such as hawks, falcons, owls, vultures, eagles,
ospreys, condors and kites.
The Center and living quarters occupy 10 acres and there
are an additional 10 acres of tall grass prairie with a nature trail &
small wetlands area. The Eagle Valley Raptor Center is two miles north
of US Highway 54, just west of Garden Plain, Kansas. Eagle Valley is a
501.3(c) charity. On average over 100 birds a year receive care for injuries,
poisoning or orphaned as babies. Whenever possible, the birds are returned
to the wild.
Admission to the Eagle Valley Raptor Center is by appointment
for individuals, families, and groups such as schools, scouts, churches
or seniors. A visit includes a one hour tour. A $5 donation is suggested.
There is a picnic and teaching pavilion, and catering
is available with advance scheduling. The Eagle Valley Raptor Center also
offers off site bird of prey programs and a variety of educator resources
to prepare for classroom visits.
"Avatar" is a young spectacled owl (Pulsatrix perspicillata)
which came to Eagle Valley in early 2011
Cessna is Eagle Valley's newest bald eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus).
She came from Juneau,
Alaska and has an injury on her left wing that prevents 4 of her main
primary feathers from
growing in. The Cessna Aircraft Company helped fly her to Kansas.
WaSu is a bald eagle that was shot in the left wing and sustained nerve
and muscle damage along with
a broken bone. He flies short distances, but cannot fold the wing up
all the way. He came from
the Sardis Raptor Center in Ferndale, Washington.
WaSu and Cessna now share a large enclosure which was built as Eagle
Scout Leadership Service Projects.
Bonnie is a red-tailed hawk (Buteo jamaicensis) who was found
along Highway 54 near Kingman,
Kansas. Eagle Valley Raptor Center Program Director, Ken Lockwood is
working Bonnie in free flight.
Tundra is a male snowy owl (Bubo scandiacus) that was captive
breed in New York.
These baby vultures came to Eagle Valley Raptor Center from a building
that was destroyed by
a tornado in June of 2008.
This American Kestrel (Falco sparverius) female was about 5
weeks old when photographed,
she would be released to the wild in 6 more weeks. Prints
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