Barn owls have been called by many different names, including the white owl, the ghost owl, and the sweetheart owl. The latter they earned for their large heart-shaped facial disc, which helps funnel sounds to their ears. Do you know who else has big hearts? You do!

Your hearts – your support – have enabled the Black Hills Raptor Center to survive and grow. There’s no way we could have made it through those fledgling first years without incredible community members providing their time, expertise, and gifts. After many seasons of your generosity, we have our own address and a real roof over the birds’ heads. We are able to continue to bring live birds into classrooms and aid injured raptors, all because of you.

And, after the South Dakota Day of Giving:  Three cheers for all of our phenomen-owl supporters! This morning’s donation total is $4,629. There might be more in our mailbox, but either way, that’s a MARVELOUS gift for our winter operations costs. We are grateful, we are giddy, and we are glad to be part of such a great community.

Thank you for your kind hearts!

We are grateful for your contributions and wish you a warm & wonderful holiday season.


The birds, volunteers and Board members at the BH Raptor Center

Our mission is to conserve and protect native birds of prey and their natural habitats through education, rehabilitation, and research.

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About Black Hills Raptor Center

Who We Are:

The Black Hills Raptor Center is an all volunteer group, managed by an 8 person board of directors. We are a not-for-profit organization with a  501 (c) 3 status from the Internal Revenue Service…

Mission Statement:

The mission of the Black Hills Raptor Center is to conserve and protect native birds of prey and their natural habitats through education, rehabilitation, and research.

What We Do:

The Black Hills Raptor Center provides 125-150 educational programs annually using live raptors. We present in classrooms, at youth programs, in the community, and for special events…

We Have the Power to Impact Our Future,
and We’re Doing Something About It

Building a Dream

The idea of developing BHRC (Black Hills Raptor Center) began on September 2010. That is when John Halverson and Maggie Engler set about the task of reducing “nature deficit disorder” in their corner of the world…

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Black Hills Raptor Center relies on contributions from donors to continue our work. Be part of the solution to nature deficit disorder in this region. Donate today!

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BHRC Stickers

Brand new stickers custom designed by one of our volunteers are now on sale for $3 a sticker. These stickers are high quality vinyl stickers that can be placed just about anywhere. They are waterproof and resistant to sunlight fading.

Black Hills Raptor Mouse Pads Elise

Choose your favorite raptor mouse pads from the birds cared for by the Raptor Center.  Order this mouse pad with Elise the Red-tailed hawk on it! Size is a nice large 8” x 9”.  This size gives you lots of room to move your mouse around.

Kestrel / Screech Owl Nest Box

YES! I want a kestrel/screech owl nest box for my property!

BHRC Coffee Mugs

Drink your morning joe with the birds! These 4 individuals were the original stars of the Black Hills Raptor Center. John calls them the “Founding Four Feathers”. They are Elise the red-tailed hawk, Icarus the great horned owl, Boo the western screech owl, and Hendrix the American kestrel.

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