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  • Blackland Prairie Raptor Center – Connecting Raptors with Healthy Ecosystems
    do Click here to to our FAQ page for information on what to do if you find baby birds We also have contacts if you need help The picture above is Great Horned Owls whose nest was blown down by a storm BPRC came out built a new nest in the tree and they successfully fledged Annual Raptor Photo Day coming in May Bird of Prey Photo Day on May 21 Join us Saturday May 21st from 7 30am to 11am at BPRC The education ambassadors of BPRC will be out in natural settings for you to photograph This event is held once a year and is a rare up close and personal setting We start early to get the best light and before it gets too hot for birds and guests It is 20 a person and you must pre register on our donation page Sign up and type Registration for BOP Photo Day at the bottom This must be in the comment section so we can check you in the day of the event Please let your photography clubs school groups and anyone who loves taking pictures of raptors know about this day Photo by Catherine Cross from Photo Day 2013 Click here to go to the donation page now Latest News More Releases More successful releases happening at BPRC We were thrilled to return a Great Horned Owl Patient 43 a Coopers Hawk and 8 Eastern Screech Owls back out into the wild this weekend Click to see all the news Next 1st Sat Event May 7 2016 Join us May 7th to learn about owls and their importance to the Blackland Prairie 1st Saturdays are the only time we are open to the public Click for details Many upcoming community events Come join us at one

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  • Mission/History – Blackland Prairie Raptor Center
    square miles of Texas from the Red River to San Antonio Blackland Prairie Raptor Center is a rehabilitation and conservation education organization specializing in fostering better public understanding of the relationship between birds of prey and healthy ecosystems BPRC is state and federally licensed Texas Parks and Wildlife permit EDU 0207 818 U S Fish and Wildlife Service permit MB138982 0 HISTORY In August 2004 Blackland Prairie Raptor Center was incorporated as a 501 c 3 nonprofit organization with a small but determined group of individuals and a common goal to create a place where the people of North Texas could learn experience and appreciate birds of prey and understand their importance in the environment as a whole We began by building appropriate caging for 8 non releasable raptors and the use of an existing shed on a Board members property approximately 70 miles northeast of Dallas We offered educational presentations to schools festivals camps and environmental groups as well as anyone else interested in learning about raptors reaching more than 5 000 people in the first year BPRC signed a lease in 2007 with the US Army Corps of Engineers to use Brockdale Park on Lavon Lake to build

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  • Education Outreach – Blackland Prairie Raptor Center
    introducing children and adults to the world of raptors These hawks owls and falcons are well trained and with the assistance of BPRC education specialists show you what makes them an important part of our environment OUTREACH PROGRAMS WE COME TO YOU The presentations approximately 45 minutes long are at your location and are available to all schools home school groups youth organizations libraries scouts and much more Each year we present to more than 30 000 people We travel all over North Texas and Oklahoma Group size can range from a few to a classroom to a whole school For schools we recommend no more than 150 at a time and can do back to back programs as requested ON SITE PROGRAMS Join us at BPRC for a great day of education in a natural setting with Lavon Lake as our backdrop We have a park with pavilions an amphitheater restrooms and trails We can offer raptor presentations as well as guided hikes through native Blackland Prairie The prairie hikes take you through a remnant prairie considered an endangered ecosystem with plants unique to this habitat Able to accommodate up to 300 for our on site programs EVENTS We do many community events from small Neighborhood Night Out gatherings to large festivals such as Irish Fest more than 30 000 It includes a booth with our raptors out at all times to talk to visitors and show them these amazing birds up close and the option of programs as well Our outreach and on site programs include Whoo s There in the Dark A fun and educational introduction to raptors for children ages pre K minimum age 4 years old through Kindergarten A live owl will visit your classroom to help children discover the mysteries of the night Where

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  • FAQ – Blackland Prairie Raptor Center
    Parent s won t feed or approach a baby while people are around 3 If it has little or no feathering then try to find the nest The best thing for a baby bird at this stage known as a nestling is being in it s nest Look up in the nearest trees or bushes 4 If you find the nest go ahead and put the baby back in the nest It is a myth that birds can smell human scent and won t take care of it most birds have a terrible sense of smell If you can t find the nest or it is unreachable you can make a substitute nest Using a small berry basket or plastic tub put drain holes in the bottom fill it with grass and attach it as close as you can to the original nest or as close to where the nestling was found Once it is back in its nest or in the nest you have created leave it alone Birds will not return if you are in the area If you can watch from an indoor location that is fine Don t worry if the parents don t return right away It can take quite some time for a parent to be comfortable in approaching The best chance for baby birds to survive is to leave them alone In most cases a baby bird that somebody tries to raise will die And in many cases if the bird survives being hand raised once released back into the wild it won t have the proper skills to survive Remember only a parent can teach a baby the appropriate skills its kind needs to survive in the wild Remember Attempting to raise a wild bird is illegal unless you have obtained the

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  • Helping – Blackland Prairie Raptor Center
    shop a percentage of your bill can help the raptors at BPRC We have keytags with unique barcode Scan and help the raptors Email us to forward you these keytags at info bpraptorcenter org Kroger Community Rewards Program Beginning August 1st 2015 you can help BPRC by enrolling in the Kroger Community Rewards Program You must register online and link your Kroger Plus Card to our organization Here is how If you do not have a Kroger Plus Card go to the service desk at any Kroger Since you must register online if you are a new online customer go to www Krogercommunityrewards com Click on the Sign Up Today in the New Customer box You can sign up for a Kroger Community Rewards Account by entering your zipcode clicking on a favorite store entering your email address then create a password and agree to the terms and conditions You will get a message to check your email and click the link within the body of the email Click on My Account and use your email address and password to proceed Click on Edit Kroger Community Rewards information and input your Kroger Plus card number Then confirm the information Enter our NPO number 83943 or input our organization or select from the list of organizations and click to confirm That is it Now every time you swipe your card at Kroger a percentage goes to BPRC Thank you for helping us further our mission BPRC LOGO T SHIRT Order your BPRC logo t shirt to proudly show your support for raptors and BPRC T shirt cost is 25 which includes shipping T shirt is 100 cotton in Natural color Three different styles are available each with our logo on the back Available sizes are Small Medium Large X Large and

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  • North Central Texas Raptors – Blackland Prairie Raptor Center
    Raptors North Central Texas Raptors North Central Texas Raptors Photos by Jy Chiperzak LEARN ABOUT THE DIFFERENT SPECIES OF RAPTORS Listed below are all the various species that can be seen in our area There is a code designation beside their name that notes how frequent or rare it is to see that raptor in this area Click on the species name to go to a page with all the details on that raptor North Central Texas Raptor List SPECIES SEEN NOTES Black Vulture Common Turkey Vulture Common Osprey Uncommon Mississippi Kite Migrant Nests from Sherman North Northern Harrier Migrant Winter sightings Bald Eagle Uncommon Winter sightings most common Golden Eagle Migrant Rare Sharp shinned Hawk Common Cooper s Hawk Common Broad winged Hawk Migrant Harris s Hawk Accidental Red shouldered Hawk Common Red tailed Hawk Common Swainson s Hawk Migrant Rough legged Hawk Accidental West of Fort Worth Ferruginous Hawk Accidental West of Fort Worth Northern Caracara Rare South and East of Dallas American Kestrel Common Merlin Migrant Prairie Falcon Rare Winter Spring sightings Peregrine Falcon Rare Barn Owl Common Eastern Screech Owl Common Great Horned Owl Common Snowy Owl Accidental Winter sightings Burrowing Owl Migrant Barred Owl Common

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  • Program Mews – Blackland Prairie Raptor Center
    complete our driveway parking lot and building site Finally the pad site for the education bird cages was created After many hours of design development Pam Dancaster Resident Bird Care Specialist working with volunteer Rich Lefebvre came up with a final layout for the education mews This caging follows all federally mandated regulations required to house education raptors and includes large mews for each bird appropriate airlocks weathering areas and a work area for volunteers Update April 3 2009 Concrete was poured for the 64 piers that will support the caging for our raptors Four hours of work by an excellent group of volunteers and all the anchor bolts were set in the concrete A special thanks goes to Collin County Ready Mix in Princeton for their donation of the concrete and Simpson Strong Tie in McKinney for donating all the hardware to build this facility Concrete truck arrives Volunteers set the anchor bolts Update July 24 2009 We ve been making great progress at our new home Below are some of the recent highlights of the construction project French Drain System Installed To make sure water is not sitting near the caging a French drain system was placed underneath the entire building Wire Under Caging Wire was placed to create a barrier for any animals that might try to dig under the cage and come up inside Gravel in Place Two types of gravel we laid to allow proper drainage Pea gravel is required for the top layer as the material the education birds will be in contact with It is important to minimize possible foot issues with these birds and pea gravel is an excellent material Framing Begins This caging has specific requirements for housing education raptors and volunteers begin the task of building to standards Structure Continues

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  • Master Plan – Blackland Prairie Raptor Center
    specific levels receive additional benefits Please call Erich Neupert Executive Director with any inquiries at 469 964 9696 Building our facility A facility to provide housing and care for our permanent non releasable education birds as well as a temporary building for offices and future rehabilitation are Phase One objectives This was completed in 2009 Blackland Prairie Raptor Center and the U S Army Corps of Engineers are partnering to provide North Central Texas environmental education with an emphasis on birds of prey The lease of Brockdale Park 66 acres on the western shore of Lavon Lake near Lucas provides public use space native Blackland Prairie ponds and shoreline to enhance the environmental education activities Except for individual rentals the property has been closed to the public for more than 30 years BPRC plans involve improvements comprising the addition of an education facility building interpretive trails through native Blackland Prairie installation of demonstration gardens with native species and the creation of a raptor rehabilitation center The first phase of development entails a facility to provide housing and care for our permanent non releasable education birds With this in place BPRC will increase the capabilities to educate the public about the importance of raptors in our North Texas environment The second phase focuses on education at the existing public use space and permanent trail development with signage through Blackland Prairie The education facility will allow BPRC to expand its interpretive capabilities through on site programming for schools and organizations as well as increasing community access to the property for events Part of the second phase is the restoration and preservation of Blackland Prairie that sits in the middle of the property This portion of prairie has not been disturbed in more than 70 years In 1900 there were more than 16

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