Mountsberg Raptor Centre

About

 The Mountsberg Raptor Centre is a facility dedicated to raising awareness about the diversity of Ontario native birds of prey, and the challenges they face due to human activity.

 Mountsberg’s raptors are permanent residents and are unable to be released into the wild. Many of our birds came to the Raptor Centre from rehabilitation situations where their injuries prevented a successful return to the wild. Other residents are imprinted on humans rather than on their own species, or were raised in captivity and have never known life in the wild.

 Our goal is to provide visitors with a unique “nose-to-beak” experience with these wonderful creatures. Our birds are ambassadors for their species and we hope that by meeting them, our visitors gain a greater respect and understanding for birds of prey in the wild. 

Note: Pets are not permitted within the Raptor Centre, in the Flyway, or anywhere on the Wildlife Walkway. Service Animals may be restricted from Mountsberg programs that include live animals, such as the Bird of Prey show and horse-drawn wagon rides. Please contact the park in advance for details on how to make your visit accessible, at 905-854-2276 x.3300 or mtsberg@hrca.on.ca.

Meet the Birds

Meet the birds and come nose-to-beak with our resident birds of prey. Follow the link to our Facebook page for a profile on each of our feathery friends. Stick around on our Facebook page and you’ll see a day in the life of a raptor. We post pictures, and videos of the raptors eating, learning, and sometimes having a bath in the sun!

Bird of Prey Presentations

Learn about native birds of prey, ask questions, and see Mountsberg’s raptors up close year round.

September to June

Weekends and Holidays: Shows are held twice daily at 12:00pm and 2:00pm.
Weekdays: May to October, shows are held at 2:15pm daily; November to April, shows are held on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of the month.

July and August

Summer shows are held seven days a week at 12:00pm and 2:00pm from Canada Day to Labour Day.

Shows are held outside in the netted flyway behind the Raptor Centre, weather permitting. In case of rain or snow, shows are held inside the Raptor Centre.       

Raptor Encounters

Enjoy a private 45-minute program with our expert Raptor Centre staff, who are pleased to give you a personalized introduction to the amazing world of birds of prey. Depending on the time of your program and your level of interest, you may get a behind the scenes peek at feeding, health-care, training, socialization, or a behind the scenes tour of the facility. Raptor Encounter guests will be given the opportunity to hold one of our native, non-releasable raptors and are invited to take their own photos of this fascinating experience!

Photo Shoots  

Our photo shoots offer an incredible opportunity to get "lens to beak" with Mountsberg’s beautiful raptors. Whether you are a casual photo-enthusiast or a professional photographer you will enjoy this opportunity to capture images of these awe inspiring birds. 

Offsite Presentations

Looking for a way to wow your classroom or community/corporate event? Outreach raptor programs are customizable to meet your needs. Our raptors are always a hit with an audience! Not only is it a breathtaking experience to meet a live Red-tailed Hawk or Great Horned Owl, but our educational programs engage children and adults alike and help to foster an appreciation for wild habitats and wild creatures.

We excel at bringing raptors into the classroom and blending the thrill of live animal ambassadors with curriculum-based programming. We have also visited private functions, corporate picnics and events, church groups, naturalist clubs, scout and guide functions, long-term care facilities, retirement homes, camps, city events, Earth Day celebrations, eco-fests, to name a few.

Volunteer at the Raptor Centre

Volunteering at the Raptor Centre is not for everyone. It involves hours of cleaning, scraping, scrubbing, raking, hosing, more scrubbing, more scraping, mowing, and more. It also involves being outside in the winter cold and the summer heat, preparing food animals (rats, rabbits, chicken, etc), and even more cleaning. While volunteers are not guaranteed any experiences with directly handling a bird, it is definitely a possibility for those volunteers who put in the time and effort.

  • Be able to commit to volunteering a minimum of one day (at least 6 hours) per week for a period of no less than four months
  • Be at least 18 years of age and have a reliable form of transportation to a park not serviced by public transit
  • Be friendly, attentive, and respectful of the resident birds, ready and willing to work hard, and have fun!

Sound like you? Email raptors@hrca.on.ca for more information!

Eastern Loggerhead Shrikes at Mountsberg 

Learn more about this critically endangered species, also known as "The Butcher Bird". You’ll see what we’re doing to help this species, and learn how you can help us bring the Eastern Loggerhead Shrike back from the brink.

 

Adopt a Raptor

The Raptor Centre at Mountsberg Conservation Area has been providing educational and entertaining programs since 1994. We currently provide a home for more than 30 birds of prey from 15 different native Ontario species, many of whom have permanent injuries which have left them incapable of surviving on their own in the wild. Often, these injuries are caused by human activity, but with the help of these feathered ambassadors, you can learn about how to share our environment with native birds of prey, and how to reduce the negative impact we might have on them.

By symbolically adopting SlateChomper or one of the other feature birds, you are helping to care for your favourite raptor. Your donation is used to pay for

  • food, veterinary care, and training to keep our birds healthy
  • new equipment and facilities at the Raptor Centre, and,
  • the purchase of important habitat areas.