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Give the Gift of Life

While many South Florida residents and visitors marvel at the spectacular sights and sounds of our native birds of prey, there is a danger that some species may not survive to be appreciated by our children and grandchildren.

You can help to ensure the future of South Florida birds of prey by adopting the species of your choice. The Falcon Batchelor Bird of Prey Center is devoted to the rescue, rehabilitation and release of birds of prey, also known as "raptors". Since 1991, the Center has cared for thousands of injured, sick and orphaned birds. Almost half of these were release back into the wild.

The injuries the raptors receive are usually directly or indirectly human-related. Collisions with vehicles and windows are the most common. Other injuries include gunshot wounds, poisoning and nest destruction. Most injured and orphaned raptors are brought in by concerned individuals hoping to provide them with a second chance. This care is a costly enterprise. The Adopt-a-Bird of Prey Program is one of the principle means the Center has to underwrite this effort.

All proceeds go towards the care of admitted raptors and the support of our resident birds of prey. Give the gift of life...a second chance. All adoption donations are tax deductible.

Click Here For The Online Adoption Application 

Bald Eagle
Bald eagles are found throughout North America. Though their population appears to be stable, the future depends on identifying and protecting this raptor's critical habitat. Our eagle was struck by a car while feeding on a roadside, with injuries resulting in his inability to fly.

Barn Owl
Like most owls, the barn owl is nocturnal and rarely seen by people. They nest in barn lofts, large trees and abandoned homes. Our owl arrived after landing on someone's arm, begging for food. We suspect he was illegally kept as a pet.

Barred Owl
This large woodland owl is known for its intense vocalization. Campers are often abruptly awakened by this curious bird. Our owls have both suffered disabling injuries.

Broad-Winged Hawk
This small hawk is a migratory species similar to the resident red-shouldered hawk. Our broad-winged hawk is partially blind due to a collision.

Short-Tailed Hawk
These rare raptors are usually seen soaring the thermals during the winter. Our short-tailed hawk was struck by a vehicle, suffering permanent damage to his right wing. He will never soar again.

Crested Caracara
The threatened Florida crested caracara is found in the central part of the state. Its population is declining due to habitat alteration. The future of these raptors will depend on the conservation of open prairies and the reduction of roadside collisions.

 American Kestrel
Also known as the sparrow hawk, the kestrel is the smallest falcon in North America. Its habit of feeding near roadsides results in many car collisions. A taste for insects also make kestrels suspectible to backyard pesticides.

Peregrine Falcon
The peregrine dives at speeds of 100 mph or more while pursuing prey. Falconers have brought this raptor back from the verge of extinction through captive breeding. Falcons are very susceptible to environmental toxins such as pesticides in food sources and the environment.

Burrowing Owl
Burrowing owls in Florida have become urbanized and can be found at airports, athletic fields, playgrounds and residential yards. The primary cause of injury to these owls is car collisions.

 Red-Tailed Hawk
This is the largest hawk living in South Florida and can often be seen perched on power line poles while hunting. Our red-tailed hawk was the victim of an illegal shooting which permanently damaged her wing.

Great Horned Owl
Active at night, these owls can be agressive toward intruders during nesting season. Our owl was illegally raised by humans, unfortunately resulting in aggression toward people.

 Screech Owl
These successfully urbanized owls are difficult to observe because of their nocturnal behavior. The current concern is how the use of pesticides in private yards affects their health. Survival of raptors depends on a clean environment.

The fish-eating ospreys have adapted to humans by building nests on telephone poles and other platforms in developed areas. They are currently threatened by habitat degradation. The future of this raptor depends on government protection, public education and a healthy environment.

 Click Here For The Online Adoption Application 

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