Meet LuLu

Great Horned Owl Bubo virginianus
Add LuLu's story here. LuLu can often be seen at the Raptor Exhibit greeting visitors at the Center.
Hatch Year:
Weight: 2 – 4 ½ pounds
Wingspan: 40-57 inches
Lifespan in the Wild: 7 years
Lifespan in Captivity: 12 years
Fun Fact: “Tskili” is the Cherokee word for “magic maker,” which is what they call Great Horned Owls.
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Meet Fulton

Red-tailed Hawk Buteo jamaicensis
Add Fulton's story here. Fulton can often be seen at the Raptor Exhibit greeting visitors at the Center.
Hatch Year:
Weight: 1½ – 3 pounds
Wingspan: 45-52 inches
Lifespan in the Wild: 15 years
Lifespan in Captivity: 28 years
Fun Fact: Like how he got his name or his favorite food.
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Meet Sunshine

Swallow-Tailed Kite Elanoides forficatus
Add Sunshine's story here.
Hatch Year:
Weight:  pounds
Wingspan:  inches
Lifespan in the Wild:  years
Lifespan in Captivity:  years
Fun Fact: Swallow-Tailed Kites eat many types of flying insects, including many types of Florida stinging insects. Kites will often capture entire wasp’s nests and bring the nests back to their own to consume the larvae. Kites will also eat lizards, frogs, and snakes when given the opportunity to snag one off of a tree.
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Meet BarnOwn

Barn Owl Tyto alba
Add SBarn Owl's story here.
Hatch Year:
Weight:1-1 ½ pounds
Wingspan:42-46 in
Lifespan in the Wild: 2 years
Lifespan in Captivity: 15 years
Fun Fact: Barn Owls have the some of the best hearing abilities in the animal kingdom. Her head is almost always moving as she uses her asymmetrical ears to triangulate the location of the sounds she hears..
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Wild Bird Sanctuary

Our Raptor Program was founded to help educate the public about these dynamic birds and their importance to the ecosystem.


Educational Programs

Guided Tour: During your tour, one of the volunteers will lead your group in an exploration of some of the many exciting birds that are a part of our permanent collection. Discussions of various aspects of the birds’ natural history as well as conservation challenges facing the individual species will be tailored to fit the particular needs and interests of the group.

Flight Demonstration: One of the most unique and exciting aspects of the visitor experience at the MLNP Birds of Prey is the free flight demonstration. See a falcon dive at speeds over 100 MPH. Listen closely as an owl coasts past your head without making a sound. Watch as trained eagles and vultures soar with wild raptors above the center’s flying fields. Each flight demonstration includes a period for questions and an up-close visit with the flight team birds.

Cost: $300 flat fee for groups of 25 or fewer; $12/youth, $15/adult for groups with more than 25 participants.

Program Details: 2-hour program includes guided walking tour, flight demonstration, and bio-artifacts and requires at least 25 attendees*

When: Tuesdays to Fridays at 10:30am or 2pm, alternate times available upon request * Contact the Center for pricing for smaller groups.


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Our uniqueness stems from our strong commitment to both environmental education and inquiry-based learning. Hands-on experiences forwards our motto of "Conservation through Education" for all ages.