Lanner falcon with it's wings out.
At the Centre we are always looking for new ways to help promote the conservation of the environment and the unique species that live within it, and to further a nourishing relationship of stewardship between man and nature. The only limiting factor for growth and expansion is funding.
At the present time the majority of the species maintained at the Centre consists of birds of prey and bats, however we do have extensive experience caring for primates (prosimians in particular), and reptiles, and several other groups of animals.
Unfortunately as history has shown time and time again, wherever the plans for Conservation and the plans of mankind conflict, it is almost always Conservation efforts that suffer.
As a direct result of an open pit mine starting operation just across the street from the Centre, the Centre has found that it is no exception to this unfortunate fact. Now the The Centre itself is facing a very serious crisis.
Tragically, unless the Centre finds a new place to call home and fast, it will completely disappear.
In the future, (provided that the Centre finds a property to relocate to) we hope to expand the groups of animals we work with. For instance, we have been offered Slow Loris, Arctic Foxes, and even Red Pandas in the past. Sadly we had to refuse to take on these species due to a lack of funding. The Centre hopes to be able to provide more flying presentations as well.
Currently the Centre is not open to the general public. However; if we are able to relocate to a place where the Centre can be to open to the public, we will be able to conduct educational presentations directly from the grounds. We will also be able to continue working with the many schools in the Province of Ontario, as we have in the past.
It has never been our intention to be a typical “display only” facility. Our conservation efforts, public education and environmental awareness, and particularly the captive propagation of specialized species for wildlife conservation, will always be the very core aspects of the Centre.
To effectively be both open to the general public, as well as to be able to continue to propagate specialized species in captivity, there is a requirement of maintaining a safe distance of separation between the general public and the breeding animals. The current location of our facility does not provide adequate space for us to be open to the general public. Furthermore; the health and well being of the species that live here is in jeopardy due to events beyond our control (open pit mine - see article here).
We have extensive experience caring for injured birds of prey, and have worked with our own birds for over 25 years. In the future we hope to be able to expand and open a rehabilitation wing. Until then, we will continue to offer sanctuary, as well as a second chance to injured birds that have been rehabilitated at other facilities. Birds that are not releasable due to the severity of their injuries, so that they may contribute to their species survival, through captive propagation.
It should go without saying that most of all... We wish that a Centre such as ours was not necessary, but that is sadly not the way in which the world is headed. The sad fact is that there is a great need for many more facilities like ours to exist worldwide. They are needed to ensure that as many specialized species as possible can never become extinct.
If you would like additional information about our future plans, please feel free to contact us.
If you have found an injured bird of prey (hawk, falcon, owl, etc.), contact the Centre and our experienced staff can assist in determining what steps should be taken to ensure the bird receives the best possible care.
Havelock, Ontario K0L 1Z0
Telephone : +1 705 778 5273
Email : staff