Mountsberg Raptor Centre

About

The Mountsberg Raptor Centre, located within Mountsberg Conservation Area, 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 905-878-5011, or e-mail vslead@hrca.on.ca.

The Raptor Centre trail is open and guests can view birds in their outdoor enclosures. The Raptor Centre building is closed.

Other Events


Bird of Prey Presentations

The Raptor Centre trail is open and guests can view birds in their outdoor enclosures. The Raptor Centre building is closed. Check out what raptor experiences are currently being offered.

a raptor handler holds a barn owl while a young girl gets a close up look

Photoshoots

Lens to Beak at Mountsberg Raptor Centre

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. Raptor Centre staff work with our feathered ambassadors in natural settings to enable you to get the best possible shot.

three women photograph an owl that is perched on a tree stump

Choose from one of the following options:

Hosted once a month (Saturday or Sunday mornings), this one hour program is limited to 15 people and will give you the opportunity to photograph four of our resident raptors in a variety of natural settings.

Fees

$40 (+HST) per person plus Gate Fees.

Private shoots can be booked at any time by contacting Mountsberg Visitor Services. Raptor Centre staff will work with you to customize your shoot to make sure you get the shot you want! Call 905.854.2276 ext. 3300 or email mtsberg@hrca.on.ca for more information.

Fees

$40 +HST per person plus gate fee (minimum $300); up to 15 people.

Hawk Walks

Experience having a free-flying hawk fly and land next to you! During this private 45-minute program, you will join our Raptor Centre staff and one of our trained Harris’s Hawks for a walk through a picturesque field setting.

For more information and to book a program, please click here.

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!

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.