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Take flight with the Raptor Center

By Ben Ashcraft
On April 21, 2014


The Macbride Raptor Project (MRP) was founded in 1985 and utilizes facilities at the University of Iowa and Kirkwood Community College. It is a non-profit organization that is cosponsored by both colleges. 

Luke Hart, project specialist at the MRP, has been working for the project for over six years. He got his start in a work-study program at the University of Iowa in 2007 and has been full time for nearly three years. 

Hart splits his time between the center on Kirkwood's campus and the facility near the Coralville Reservoir. 

The MRP strives to raise awareness for the need of environmental stewardship on behalf of Iowa's birds of prey. Hart stated this is done through rehabilitation and research. 

"Education is, in my opinion, the most important aspect of the project; getting the word out and teaching others the importance of raptors," said Hart. 

The raptor center takes in, on average, 170 birds of prey a year. Red-tailed hawks are the most commonly seen raptors in the center. Hart said the majority of the birds of prey that come in are from the public. 

"People find them going to work, in their backyards or while visiting the park," Hart said. He added, "They will hopefully call us first. We will instruct them how to get them into a box, contain them properly, and get them into a quiet cool place where they can rest until they can transport. We ask the public to bring them right here to our clinic." 

The center also works with veterinary technology students to teach them why birds of prey are important for the ecosystem.

Hart continued, stating that the quality of life for these birds is of paramount importance to them. 

The birds, on average, will stay in the clinic for six weeks and then will be released back into the wild; Hart explained that 40 percent of the birds return to the center a second or third time. 

The raptor center is mainly run by volunteers and students at Kirkwood, U of I and other schools and they also provide work-study and internship opportunities. 

For those looking to volunteer at the center, visit its website at to submit an online application.

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