Friday, February 8, 2019

Darke County Parks Adopt-a-Bird Program

It’s not every day you have the opportunity to come face to face with a bird of prey. At Darke County Parks, we provide food, medicine and, above all, a home for four raptor species. Each of the five birds we house have been rehabilitated and can no longer be released into the wild due to injuries that prevent release into the wild.

Caring for a bird of prey is an expensive endevour. Feeding just one bird can cost anywhere between $60-$80 a month and that doesn’t include medication, equipment, or facility expenses that also play an important role in the care of these animal ambassadors.

You can make a difference through the Adopt-a-Bird program which allows you to “adopt” a bird through a year-long donation. There are two donation tiers:

  • A $40.00 donation includes a certificate of adoption, a full color photograph of your bird, and a complementary pin from the Darke County Parks Raptor Education Center.
  • A $75.00 donation includes all of the above as well as a personal meet and greet with your bird for up to four people!

All adoption donations help offset the cost of care of “your bird” and can be renewed annually. For more information on how you can donate, or to see our raptors in person, visit the Darke County Parks Nature Education Center or contact the park office at (937) 548-0165 or

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