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Views from the Mews
Fall Newsletter from the Black Hills Raptor Center
Dear Friends and Supporters,
Like many others, I vacillate between joy and despair in this calendar year. Joy because the BHRC is progressing with building its new facility, and actively fundraising for its third phase, known as the Hub. We have refused to allow a virus to beat us down, finding ways to give programs remotely; raise funds for the birds; and continue to fulfill our mission: education, rehabilitation, and conservation of birds of prey.

We have experienced the joy of two volunteers getting married, and wanting the raptors to be part of their ceremony. 

We have published our first annual report, in celebration of 10 years of doing this work we are passionate about. Click HERE if you'd like to see it.

The despair from this year comes from losing our beloved Ina' the short-eared owl, in a mysterious set of circumstances. She was last seen in her mew on the evening of Sept 7 at 7pm. She was gone the morning of Sept 8 at 7:30am. The only hole she might have escaped through is very small, and there were no feathers caught at that spot in her mew wall. We have tracked every lead, but never found her.

We have experienced both bald and golden eagles get transported to Pierre to rehabilitation, only to learn they had to be euthanized because their injury was too severe. 

Together, this amazing crew of supporters and volunteers has rallied around John and me, and each other. We have built things, raised funds, provided care to more than 100 injured birds, transported the injured across the state to our fellow rehabbers in Pierre and Watertown; persisted with door to door knocking in the neighborhood when we lost Ina', and spent hours following up on leads. We have moved earth on the property, made purchases to benefit the birds, butchered bird food, and checked on each other in our nights of despair over losing our beloved Ina.

We are blessed because all of you surround the birds, the education, the rehabilitation of the sick and wounded, and us as people. Thank you. 

Read on to find out how to meet the newest avian ambassador, Aldo!

Maggie Engler and John Halverson
Drive Through Fly By Fundraiser for The Hub!
Drive Thru
This Sunday, October 18, from 2:00 to 4:00 pm, stuff your car or van full of family and friends. Drive to the parking lot of Canyon Lake United Methodist Church at 3500 Canyon Lake Drive, Rapid City, and join us for some Fall Fun! Whoo do you think you will see?
You will stay in your car, and slowly travel to several stations where you can see the raptors up close and personal. Taking photos is strongly encouraged! 
Munch on some popcorn donated by Apria Healthcare. Everyone in your vehicle gets a cookie donated by Mary’s Mountain Cookies of downtown Rapid City to take home. Select a few Christmas gifts from our merchandise table. They make great stocking stuffers!

And buy a raffle ticket (HERE) for the Toys for Your Nest raffle. You could win an HP Envy touch screen laptop, or a Go Pro Hero 7! 
Aldo, our newest avian ambassador will be making his debut appearance. And, raptors from Reptile Gardens will be joining us for the event. You might even get to see a vulture! 

We are requesting a $20 donation per vehicle. Yup…the entire car-full for $20. A great event to do with your kids on an autumn day, and still stay safe!

Every penny we raise will go to the Hub, which requires $500,000 to make it a reality. Go to for even more details!
Big THANK YOU to those that donated!
BHRC 1 of 200 Non Profits Selected by Ameican Family - Wow!

American Family Insurance Dreams Foundation selected the Black Hills Raptor Center as one of only 200 non-profits in the United States to receive a gift of $2,500. Whoo-hoo!

We are putting it all to the construction of the Hub. Thanks to everyone who send in a nomination on our behalf. The birds (and volunteers) are very excited to see the new clinic becoming reality.
Special Thank you Post 320 for the Astro Turf!
The good folks at Post 320 Baseball shared some astroturf with us this spring. It has meant clean and dry volunteer shoes and boots all year long. The birds each got some pieces in their mews, and their feet have stayed much cleaner as well! 

We are very grateful to Post 320 for their gift. This sort of sharing is why we love our community!
Merchandise for Christmas!

These and many other items will be available for sale
at the Drive Thru Fly-By: 

Stickers, Hats, Coffee Mugs, Mouse Pads and more!
Two Colors - Maroon and Black
One size fits all
Elise Stickers
Illustrated Cards
Coffee Mugs
Mouse Pads
Need More Raptor Gear?
Shop our store here and order today!

 Upcoming Events:

We've been invited to give our Educational Programs in a number of locations this Fall & Winter. More details to come and here are a few dates to remember:

December 1, 2020 SD Day of Giving – support the BHRC

January 23, 2021 Birds and Blooms at Jolly Lane Greenhouse

February 12-14, 2021 Black Hills Sports Show, Rushmore Plaza Civic Center

Our Raptors look forward to seeing you there!
Public Programs & Meet 'n Greets
Public Programs are a great opportunity to experience the avian ambassadors of the Black Hills Raptor Center. Grab a few friends and family and join us!

Meet 'n Greets are an open house with the birds. Stop by any time during the posted hours to catch a few photos and fun conversation.

These particular events are all free. All family fun.

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so all your friends and family learn more about our lovely birds. Thanks!