Adopt A Raptor


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Support Wildlife Education, Conservation, and Rehabilitation Today!

The Southeastern Raptor Center at Auburn University’s College of Veterinary Medicine has a three-fold mission— education, conservation, and rehabilitation.

The program is managed through the Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine with the permission of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

Since its inception in the mid-1970s, the center has rehabilitated and released thousands of injured birds of prey, and educated more than 1 million visitors about raptors and other forms of wildlife. The uniquely-Auburn tradition of an eagle circling free-flight around Jordan-Hare Stadium before each home football game is due to the training and support of the center’s conservation message.

The birds of prey used in our educational programs are animals that cannot be released back into their natural habitat because they have suffered a permanent injury or have developed an unnatural association with humans, known as “imprinting”.

You can join The Southeastern Raptor Center in sharing the important story of conservation, education and rehabilitation. The Adopt-A-Raptor initiative enables donors to help support the feeding, training, housing, husbandry and medical care for one of our resident raptors.

These symbolic adoptions are an exciting to participate in wildlife stewardship while creating a personal connection with one of nature’s unique creatures. Adoptions also make unique gifts.

Donation levels range from $50 to $1,000 per year. To begin supporting one of the Southeastern Raptor Center’s resident raptors, complete your online adoption today or contact the center for details. 

Donations are tax deductible. Patrons can choose to receive the fulfillment package associated with each adoption, or allow 100% of their donation to be used to support the program. 

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Donor Levels:

$1,000 per raptor
Private Raptor Show (up to 25 persons at our facility)
Personal Photo of You with Your Adopted Bird
4 Season Passes to Football, Fans & Feathers
Certificate of Adoption
5x7 Photo of Your Adopted Raptor

$500 per raptor
Behind the Scenes Tour Experience
2 Season Passes to Football, Fans & Feathers
Certificate of Adoption
5x7 Photo of Your Adopted Raptor

$300 per raptor
1 Season Pass to Football, Fans & Feathers
Certificate of Adoption
5x7 Photo of Your Adopted Raptor

$100 per raptor
4 tickets to any one Football, Fans & Feathers Event
Certificate of Adoption
5x7 Photo of Your Adopted Raptor

$50 per raptor
Certificate of Adoption
5x7 Photo of Your Adopted Raptor


Birds of Prey




Barn Owls often have many owlets – up to 18 eggs per clutch and sometimes more than one clutch per year. They are found on every continent except Antarctica. Our Barn Owls are both human imprints. Great Horned Owls (commonly called hoot owls) are the largest species of owls in the Southeast. They frequently attack prey that is much larger than them and will even attack baby eagles. Our Great Horned Owl is a human imprint. Barred Owls are usually found near wetland areas and tend not to move far away from their home. Barred Owls get their name from a single dark “bar” that goes down each of their chest feathers. Our Barred Owls are both human imprints.
Adopt Chaplin Today! Adopt Ophelia Today! Adopt Rain Today!




Red-tailed Hawks are the most common hawks seen around here sitting on power poles or soaring the skies. They do not get their red tail until after their first molt. We have 2 Red-tailed Hawks, one has an eye injury and the other is a human imprint. Harris’ Hawks are native to the desert Southwest of the United States. These birds are unique among raptors because they live and hunt in groups. They have a hierarchy structure much like wolves. We have two Harris’ Hawks which were both falconry birds.  Peregrine Falcons are the fastest animals in the world. They can dive straight down and reach speeds of over 220mph!
Adopt Djosier Today!  Adopt Harriet Today! Adopt Bullet Today!




Lanner Falcons are native to Africa, southeastern Europe, and also into the Middle East. Our Lanner Falcon is very popular at our shows and was purchased from a breeder. American Kestrels are a small type of falcon weighing in at only about 120g. Males will have slate blue shoulders, whereas the females won’t. Our American Kestrel is a human imprint. Gyrfalcons are the largest species of falcons in the world. They are an Arctic bird and are commonly found throughout Canada and a few northwestern states. Our Gyrfalcon was purchased from a breeder.
Adopt Percy Today!  Adopt Rhea Today!  Adopt O.P. Today!




Turkey Vultures are scavengers that are found all across the United States. They get their name from the red skin on their head, neck, and feet. This red coloration reminds us of a turkey. Our Turkey Vulture is a human imprint.

Swallow-tailed Kites eat mostly insects that they catch and eat in mid-air. These birds have a large wingspan for their size and rarely have to flap their wings. Our Swallow-tailed Kite has a gunshot injury.

Eastern Screech Owls are small owls that rely heavily on their camouflage. They come in three different color phases: red, brown, and grey. They blend in perfectly with either oak or pine trees depending on their coloration. Our Screech Owls both have eye injuries.

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