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Summer 2020 Update: Tours Suspended

Indiana Raptor Center has made the decision to suspend our on-site tour programming for the duration of the summer, and possibly for the rest of 2020.

While we are grateful to be in one of the 14 states that has reasonable control over Covid transmission, we still respect the science enough to be respectful of the health of our volunteers and any would be tour guests. That plus the uncomfortable and early 90+ heat makes conditions for a comfortable and safe tour questionable at this time. These temperatures are more usual in August which is why we never have on-site tours in August. But here we are now so adjustments have been made.

We recognize that education both on and off-site is a significant part of our mission, and we are grateful for the interest shown in our message. However in addition to on-site tours, our off-site clients have agreed that presentations need to be put on hold, at least until Indiana decides what to do about school attendance. Our current focus continues to be on the rehabilitation of the high number of patients and residents we care for (145) so far this year.

This situation does have an effect on our bottom line (read: food bills, vet care, and site maintenance) so we will gladly accept donations through this website to support us through 2020. Tax letters will be supplied to all donors.

Thanks for your continued support of our center. An update to the website is in the works, and we are hoping to have videos, individual patient information, and a Zoom or YouTube program that will replace our big fundraising event this fall. We are also discussing possible on-line T-shirt sales. Like so many other organizations we want to keep in touch so some creativity is in order – check back to see what happens!

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Resuming Limited Tours at the Indiana Raptor Center

Indiana Raptor Center Board of Directors, in cooperation with organizations that had planned to have us give presentations between now and the end of 2020, have together cancelled ALL off-site presentations until 2021. This includes all camps, libraries, Brown County State Park, workshops, festivals, schools, and any other park or state forest requests.

We will be giving a LIMITED number of tours through July, and maybe September and October, but will close immediately if the covid-19 counts in Brown County and in the state of Indiana start to go back up.

We have several requests already for tours and will respond to those people with phone calls to schedule them first. There are some restrictions we do need to place on these activities as follows:

  1. To respect social distancing recommendations, tours may contain no more than 10 guests.
  2. In order to accommodate people over the short summer we will be having, we may need to combine groups of people into a single tour. If you are uncomfortable with this arrangement, we can do tours of 2-3 people, etc.
  3. ALL GUESTS MUST WEAR MASKS DURING THE TOURS. Please bring your own or purchase them at the CVS in town (available on a limited basis).
  4. People arriving without masks will be rescheduled.
  5. Please bring your own HAND SANITIZER – right now supplies are such that we struggle to even provide enough for our volunteers while they are here.
  6. As usual tours are only available BY APPOINTMENT.
  7. Tours cannot include children under the age of 6, and all children must wear masks as well.
  8. Also as usual, the address of the center and other pertinent information will be given out at the time that reservations are made.
  9. There are no public restrooms at the center, but we can recommend in town the public restrooms on main street and the BP gas station.

To those who find these rules restrictive, may I point out that the center is not on business property but is located on private property containing the home of two of the board’s officers. We hope you can respect our desire to keep our home covid-free, especially as our family contains members with compromising conditions such as diabetes. We also want to protect YOU from other people who may be on the property at the same time.

Please call for further information and reservations at 812-988-8990.

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COVID-19 Update

Due to public and governmental concerns regarding the continued spread of COVID-19, the Indiana Raptor Center will not open this month (March) for tours. We intend to open back up for tours around May 26 which is Memorial Day weekend. On May 1 the board will consult again based on information available at that time to see if the opening date needs to be pushed out further. Planned off-site presentations will be considered on a one-off basis, but probably will be called off until at least May 1. Please watch this space for further developments.

We appreciate your patience with this decision and hope that all of you and your friends, families and colleagues can remain healthy and safe during this time of difficulty for people everywhere. May we all be kind to one another in the face of this health threat to the entire world, and take seriously all calls for caution and restraint in public interactions.

We will continue to take in injured birds. If that decision changes temporarily, we will notify through the website and a voicemail message at our 812-988-8990 number.

All actions will be taken with staff, visitors, off-site audiences, bird finders, and birds in mind.

Very Best Regards,

Patti Reynolds

Presient & Executive Director

Indiana Raptor Center Inc

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Indiana Raptor Center Tours: 2019 Information

Tattooine, a barn owl, poses on Domonic Potorti's glove.

Tattooine, a barn owl, poses on Domonic Potorti’s glove.

Indiana Raptor Center is happy to welcome the public to tour our Nashville, Indiana facilities.

Tours are held at 4pm daily, by reservation only. You can make a tour reservation by calling us at 812-988-8990. Tours are available March through July and September through November, weather permitting. Adult admission is $10; Children age 6-12 are $7 each.

In order to ensure the safety of our resident birds of prey and visitors, no children under the age of 6, please. However, we welcome all ages at our frequent presentations at Brown County State Park’s Nature Center and Abe Martin Lodge. Please visit our news page for our current schedule of events.

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Raptor Rendezvous 2019

A golden eagle in a sepia-tinted photo with the text "Raptor Rendezvous 2019"

We are excited to announce the 2019 edition of Indiana Raptor Center’s annual Raptor Rendezvous!

Details

This year, it happens on Sunday, September 22 from 1-5 PM. It will be held at the Abe Martin Lodge at Brown County State Park. There is free park entrance for this event! This year’s event will include:

  • Meal
  • Cash bar
  • Live raptor demonstrations
  • Silent auction
  • Photography opportunities

Ticketing Information

120 tickets are available. Please be advised that you must purchase your ticket in advance. Tickets are $35 for the general public and $25 for wildlife rehabbers and their volunteers.

Options to purchase your tickets:
Pay by mail: Send check to Indiana Raptor Center, PO Box 1153, Nashville IN 47448
Pay by phone: Call 812-988-8990 with credit card info.
Pay online: Click the PayPal Button below.


Ticketing Options




As always, your support means the world to us! Joining us at our annual rendezvous is a wonderful opportunity to see these beautiful birds up close, and to support us as we work to rescue, rehabilitate, and release injured and orphaned birds back to the wild.

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Indiana Raptor Center at Brown County State Park: 2019 Schedule

A red-tailed hawk poses for the attendees of an Indiana Raptor Center presentation at Brown County State Park

A red-tailed hawk poses for the attendees of an Indiana Raptor Center presentation at Brown County State Park

Indiana Raptor Center’s presentations at Brown County State Park are a great opportunity to see four birds of prey at close range, take photos, and learn about their lives and their importance in the environment. Our summer and autumn schedule of presentations is as follows:

Presentations on the following dates take place at 2pm at the Nature Center:

  • May 4, 11, 18
  • June 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
  • July 13, 20, 27
  • October 5, 12, 19, 26

Presentations on the following dates take place at 7:30pm at the Abe Martin Lodge.

  • May 26
  • July 4 and 5
  • September 1
  • November 29

This year’s Raptor Rendezvous takes place on September 22! Full details here.

Our presentations are free to attend, but there is an admission fee at the park gate. Donations, which always go to supporting the rehabilitation of the magnificent birds in our care, are gratefully accepted!

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Raptor Gifts for the Holidays!

It’s that time of year again, and if you’ve got raptor lovers in your life, we’ve got a shop for you! The Indiana Raptor Center runs a shop on the popular website Redbubble where you can buy a number of fetching tees, prints, mugs, tote bags, and more. Offering a selection of both illustrated designs and photographs, we think there’s something for every lover of birds of prey. Plus, your purchases help us in our unending mission to rescue, rehabilitate, and release injured and orphaned raptors.


We’ve added some new products this year as well! You can find products featuring our logos as well as our popular “barn owl and Triceratops” patch design! Head to the shop to browse the selection.

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Raptor Center closing to public early this year

Due to patient load and need to finish up construction and maintenance activities before winter, Indiana Raptor Center will close early this year.

As of November 1, we will be closed for touring until our spring opening date of March 1. We will still continue to take in patients and to honor our commitments to remaining off-site presentations. Donations for patient support can still be made through this website or by mailing to InRC at PO Box 1153, Nashville, IN 47448. Tax letters will be made available for donations as usual.

Thanks for your understanding as we are first and foremost a hospital and need to be ready for upcoming changes in weather, and have time to adequately prepare a large number of birds for fall release.

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Raptor Rendezvous 2018

Don’t miss the 2018 edition of Indiana Raptor Center’s annual Raptor Rendezvous!

Details

This year, it happens on Sunday, November 11, 2018 from 1-5 PM. It will be held at the Abe Martin Lodge at Brown County State Park. There is free park entrance for this event! Some of the fun we have planned includes:

  • Mexican Buffet
  • Cash Bar
  • Live Raptors
  • Silent Auction
  • Photos

Ticketing Information

120 tickets are available. Tickets are $35 in advance ($25 for wildlife rehabbers and their volunteers)

Options to purchase your tickets:
Pay by mail: Send check to PO Box 1153, Nashville IN 47448
Pay by phone: Call 812-988-8990 with credit card
Pay online: Click the PayPal Button below.


Ticketing Options




We really appreciate your shares on social media! Don’t miss this exciting chance to see beautiful birds of prey in person and help us help them.

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Raptor Art Spotlight: Nolan

Indiana Raptor Center recently hosted a Cub Scout pack, who came to tour our Brown County, Indiana facilities and learn all about birds of prey and how we rescue and rehabilitate them. One of our visitors, Nolan, was inspired to draw the beautiful birds he met. Great job, Nolan! It’s always an inspiration to meet a budding naturalist and natural artist!

A young caucasian child holds a drawing of an owl.

Nolan, age 6, shows off his wonderful raptor art!

A child's pencil drawing of an eagle

A bald eagle drawn by Nolan, Age 6

A child's pencil drawing of an owl.

An owl drawn by Nolan, age 6

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