The Canadian Peregrine Foundation

Raptor Centre

The Birds of Prey Education Centre is a very significant undertaking.  Please visit our Project Sponsor page to meet the many important partners that have made this possible.

Additional sponsors are needed to allow us to proceed with the next phases of development at the Centre.  To find out more about sponsorship opportunities, or to make a donation please contact Mark Nash at 416-481-1233.


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BIRDS OF PREY
EDUCATIONAL CENTRE

July 2002 -- Completion of phase one construction

New outdoor pens being built for larger raptors as part of phase two.  Bubo, Alex, and Eric will be the first to benefit from these new enclosures.  Thanks to Trans Canada Pipelines and Fairbanks Lumber for sponsoring this part of the CPF Birds of Prey Education Centre.

 

 

June 2002 -- Installation of new sign

The Canadian Peregrine Foundation offers sincere thanks to wood carver Ellen Nelson for producing and donating this sign for the CPF Birds of Prey Education Centre.

 

April 2002 -- Phase one under construction

New outdoor pens being built for larger raptors as part of phase two.

 

September 23, 2001 -- Sneak Preview

On September 23, CPF volunteers from across Ontario were invited to see the progress on the CPF Birds of Prey Education Centre at Kortright.

 

August 2001 -- The outside pens

 

March / April 2001 -- Construction of the mews

Special thanks to Bruce Massey, Marion Nash, and Tracy Simpson for the many long hours, late nights, and weekends spent helping build the pens.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

March 2001 -- The Kortright barn

OBJECTIVES

The Canadian Peregrine Foundation's Birds of Prey Education Centre is being developed both as a facility for housing CPF's educational birds, and eventually as a destination for the public to learn about endangered species, the environment and conservation issues affecting Canada's endangered birds of prey.

The creation of this new indoor facility will proceed in several phases.  The first phase was completed in 2002, with the construction of both indoor and outdoor pens, currently occupied by the feathered members of the CPF Education Team. 

Phase two is rapidly approaching.  We are currently fundraising to move ahead with the indoor part of our educational centre.  Phase 2 includes a large indoor heated viewing area and an attached indoor flight training and exercise area for the birds.  Over the past three years, the Canadian Peregrine Foundation has visited close to 1400 schools across Ontario delivering a curriculum-appropriate presentation to grade 4 to 7 students.  Soon we will be able to offer interactive workshops at the Raptor Centre, and invite all to visit us for a truly incredible learning experience, while watching live birds of prey flight training indoors!  Much more than a show and tell, this will be an educational experience encompassing birds of prey, endangered species, and other environmental issues affecting some of these rare and threatened birds of prey.

Updates on the development of the CPF Birds of Prey Education Centre will be posted on this page as they proceed.

LOCATION

The CPF Birds of Prey Centre is located on the property of the Kortright Centre for Conservation in Woodbridge, at 9550 Pine Valley Drive (north of Rutherford Drive and west of highway 400; five minutes from Canada's Wonderland)

Visitors to Kortright are welcome to view the birds in the outdoor pens.  Access to the interior of the building is currently restricted to CPF volunteers until the completion of phase three; further information will be posted when it is ready to be opened to the public.

PROGRAMS

At present, the Birds of Prey Education Centre is operating as a housing facility for the raptors involved in the CPF Education Program.  

A full schedule of on-site programs will be developed over time as facilities are added to the site.  Presentations to school classes and the public will eventually be a regular event.

 

Be sure to visit our Educational Birds

Donations are now being accepted, and funding partners and supporters are currently invited.  Your support is tax deductible, and we welcome you to be part of a truly unique educational facility.  Please contact Mark Nash by phone at (416) 481-1233.

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