Stop by our Birds of Prey Field to meet our raptors and their caregivers, who will be busy feeding and training the birds!  This unique opportunity not only allows visitors to engage with our hawks, owls, falcons and vulture but also to get a facinating glimps into the day-to-day opporations of amazing our animal care staff!

What is a raptor?

Not the dinosaur! The word raptor is derived from "rapere," a Latin word which means to seize or capture. More specifically, a raptor is a bird of prey. A bird of prey is a carnivore that eats mammals, reptiles, amphibians, insects, rodents as well as other birds.

Many birds hunt, kill, and eat meat, but they may not be raptors. There are three distinguishing traits that make raptors different from other birds:

  • hooked beaks with sharp edges
  • feet with sharp, curved claws or talons
  • keen eyesight

Meet our Educational Raptor Ambassadors:

Alasdair, Tawny Owl
 

Alasdair, Tawny Owl

Ziibi, Bald Eagle
 

Ziibi, Bald Eagle

Wodin, Snowy Owl
 

Wodin, Snowy Owl

Hannibal, Great Horned Owl
 

Hannibal, Great Horned Owl

Leela, Merlin Falcon
 

Leela, Merlin Falcon

Casper, Barn Owl
 

Casper, Barn Owl

Hans, Harris Hawk
 

Hans, Harris Hawk

Axel, Eurasian Eagle Owl
 

Axel, Eurasian Eagle Owl

Guy Smiley, Ferruginous Hawk
 

Guy Smiley, Ferruginous Hawk

JJ, Spectacled Owl
 

JJ, Spectacled Owl

Darwin, Turkey Vulture
 

Darwin, Turkey Vulture

Rutsy, Red Tailed Hawk
 

Rutsy, Red Tailed Hawk


Daily throughout the summer we offer a Feature Creature presentation at 1pm. Join us to learn more about Wye Marsh's residents!


Alice, Tawny Owl meeting a visitor

 


Meet our Birds at a Raptor Rendezvous

Raptor Experience

This 1 1/2 hour program is designed to give visitors an exclusive opportunity to spread their wings and dive deeper into the fascinating world of raptors.

We offer Raptor Rendezvous programing geared towards adults as well as youth!


We ensure that our birds have the best care possible.  We are an accredited facility with Canada's Accredited Zoos and Aquariums, we follow all the regulations in place by both Canadian Wildlife Services and the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry.  We apply for and hold special permits for our animals and are subject to at least annual inspections by different organizations including the Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry, Canadian Wildlife Services and Canada's Accredited Zoos and Aquariums.