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Educational Programs

A message from Laura Jordan, MRC director, regarding avian influenza in America

In June, the Ohio Department of Agriculture announced that all live bird exhibitions including county, state and independent fairs and shows needed to be canceled in order to protect the commercial poultry industry. This announcement was made because of the presence of avian influenza in America, which has been confirmed in many states primarily at commercial poultry farms, as well as in a few outlying cases in wild birds in Michigan and Kentucky. No case has been confirmed in Ohio, however the ODA wanted to err on the side of caution out of concern for public health and to take precautionary steps to protect the commercial poultry industry from infection.

The Medina Raptor Center understands the need to protect the public and prevent potential spread of this disease to our educational ambassadors while minimizing any risk to the public. This means that, until further notice, we will be unable to do any off-site programs with our birds. As many of you know, we are a non-profit organization and most of the funds that are used to run our center is brought in with the donations for these types of programs.

While we have regrettably had to cancel several already scheduled programs, we will continue to go out and do public education during this time doing programs using PowerPoint presentations and various other educational tools. We will also encourage more programs be held at the Raptor Center so that our supporters are still able to see and learn about the birds and we can continue to spread our message. We do not have any dates at this time but we will announce them here as soon as we have a schedule for these. These programs will be offered for a donation so that each visit will help us continue to provide the high standard of care for our raptors that has come to be expected of us over the years.

As always, we thank all of our supporters for donations whether it is monetary or supplies. We would not be able to do what we love and help these birds without any of you. We really appreciate your understanding during this time and we will keep you posted to any changes in this policy and will communicate the dates for our onsite programs as soon as that information is available.

Educational Outreach Programs

Our Educational Outreach program provides a variety of activities and information that can be focused to the needs and desires of many types of groups, including, schools, churches, 4-H, scouting, seniors, libraries, and other community groups. We also enjoy a very special partnership with the Medina County Parks system, presenting a number of general programs on birds of prey and several owl walks.  Please be sure to scroll to the bottom of the page to meet our educational birds.  If you click on an species name, you will see a gallery of photos for each bird with information about the bird and its species.

The cornerstone of our educational programming has become our local school systems. Using live birds, we go into the classrooms to talk about the natural history of birds of prey and the unique and vital roles they play in our ecosystems and the increasing importance of preserving the habitats needed to sustain viable populations. In addition, we also host a number of tours and nature walks for groups such as honor classes and nature camp attendees.

Children are especially receptive to this message when we put it in terms of things they and their families can do to help such as creating "bird-friendly" backyards, saving dead trees as nest sites, and putting up nesting boxes. If only a few of the many children we see each year carry forward a message of environmental concern and sensitivity, our program has been successful.

The fees we charge for our programs are used to support the costs of our rehabilitation efforts. Many of the groups we see also provide us with donations of supplies for the rehabilitation center.

If you know of a group that might be interested in a program, please contact us for scheduling.

Our Educational Birds:

American Kestrel
Bald Eagle
Barn Owl
Barred Owl
Great Blue Heron
Great Horned Owl
Peregrine Falcon
Red Tailed Hawk
Rough Legged Hawk
Snowy Owl
Screech Owl
Trumpeter Swan
Turkey Vulture


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