Raptor Centre Outreach FAQs

 

Raptor Centre Outreach Frequently Asked Questions

Q1: What is involved in a typical presentation?
Q2: Can we request specific types of birds to be included in the display and/or presentation?
Q3: Is there a maximum number of presentations that can be done in a day?
Q4: How long are your presentations?
Q5: What is the shortest amount of time a presentation can be?
Q6: What is the maximum number of people allowed at a presentation?
Q7: What is involved in a typical display?
Q8: What do you need us to provide for your staff and birds?
Q9: If we choose a display with presentation, will different birds be used in the display than the presentation?
Q10: Will you be flying your birds?
Q11: Will we be allowed to pet the birds?
Q12: Will be allowed to hold the birds?
Q13: Can the birds be located near other animals?
Q14: How much set up time do you require? How soon before our scheduled program time will Raptor Centre staff arrive?
Q15: How much does a Raptor Centre outreach program cost?

 

Q1: What is involved in a typical presentation?

A1: Our presentations usually run 30 minutes to one hour and include up to 3 different raptors. The raptors are presented one at a time on the gloved hand of our staff. Staff will talk about the biology of each bird, where it can be found, and the history of the individual bird. All of the birds that we teach with are common Ontario species.

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Q2: Can we request specific types of birds to be included in the display and/or presentation?

A2: No. While you can request what birds you would like to see, not all of our birds are able to travel. We do not guarantee what species will be at your event; however we usually travel with a hawk, a falcon and/or an owl. We cannot confirm what birds we will be traveling with until the day of your event.

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Q3: Is there a maximum number of presentations that can be done in a day?

A3: The health and welfare of our birds is our biggest concern. Depending on how much rest time is provided for the birds between presentations, we will normally offer 2 to 4 presentations per event.

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Q4: How long are your presentations?

A4: Generally, presentations are not longer than one hour.

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Q5: What is the shortest amount of time a presentation can be?

A5: We can do presentations that are shorter than 1 hour (i.e. 45 minutes or less) however your quote will be based on a one hour presentation as that is our minimum fee.

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Q6: What is the maximum number of people allowed at a presentation?

A6: While we do not have a maximum number of participants, groups of 100 people or less lead to a better learning experience.

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Q7: What is involved in a typical display?

A7: Our staff can set up a display either inside or outside, provided that the area meets the needs of our birds (no excessive wind, protection from the sun, relatively quiet area).  We will have up to 2 staff stationed with a bird on glove. We will also display bioartifacts (wings, feet, skulls) for participants to see and touch.

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Q8: What do you need us to provide for your staff and birds?

A8: A minimum of one table is appreciated as well as a quiet space to keep the birds. If we are presenting outside, a covered/shaded area is needed for the birds. We do have our own tent that we can bring if needed.

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Q9: If we choose a display with presentation, will different birds be used in the display than the presentation?

A9: No – the same birds will be used in both the display and the presentation.

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Q10: Will you be flying your birds?

A10: No. Our birds are all non-releasable birds. For the health and welfare of our birds, all birds are presented either on a gloved hand or on a perch.

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Q11: Will we be allowed to pet the birds?

A11: No. The health and welfare of our birds is our top priority. The birds do not enjoy being pet, even by their trainers and it is not good for their feather condition.

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Q12: Will be allowed to hold the birds?

A12: No. For the safety of our birds, only our staff will be handling them.

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Q13: Can the birds be located near other animals?

A13: Other animals can pose a health concern to our birds or can be seen by the birds as a threat. The birds are most comfortable if they are not located next to other animals. We request that we are not in close proximity to reptiles or dogs due to health and safety concerns for our birds.

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Q14: How much set up time do you require? How soon before our scheduled program time will Raptor Centre staff arrive?

A14: Generally we do not need a lot of time for set-up. Raptor Centre staff will typically arrive at your event half an hour prior to your start time. As we are often travelling a distance and traffic can pose an issue, we will strive to arrive a minimum of 15 minutes prior to start time. 

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Q15: How much does a Raptor Centre outreach program cost?

A15:  Outreach programs are $225 +HST for the first hour and $50 +HST per hour for each additional hour, plus mileage. For a customized quote, please contact our Visitor Services Department at mtsberg@hrca.on.ca

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