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Aviary Fundraiser-Help Us build a new home for the raptors

Help Tenafly Nature Center rebuild and expand its aviaries!

TNC's current aviary provides a home for three permanently injured and non-releasable raptors (two barred owls and a red-tailed hawk). This 20+ year old structure is falling apart and needs to be replaced with something safer and more long-term!

Currently TNC is raising funds to install a new aviary, that will be able to provide a better home for our current birds and others. This expansion will enable TNC to properly house and care for additional permanently injured, non-releasable raptors so that we can ensure a safe and healthy environment for these exquisite creatures.

Help make a difference in these permanently injured lives today!
Collected: $66,532.00
Goal: $66,505.00

Why Your Help is Needed

TNC would like to replace and expand the existing aviary to support not only our current ambassadors, but also additional birds in need of a home and care. In 2018 over 6000 injured birds were brought into one NJ wildlife rehabilitation center, therefore TNC's ability to take in and care for more animals will not only support animals in need but also our local rehabilitation centers, who will then be able to provide more space and resources to rescue and care for additional injured animals.

Over 20 years ago, the current structure was constructed by volunteers, from wood and chain-link fencing. These aviaries have now reached the end of their lifespan and are breaking down, making them soon to be unsuitable habitat for our raptors (who cannot care for themselves).

All permanently injured animals TNC accepts have received care at wildlife rehabilitation centers, where it is sometimes determined that they can never survive on their own. Therefore, these amazing animals cannot be released back into the wild. If places like TNC are unable to provide them with a home than sometimes tough decisions may be made.

Thankfully TNC is able to help and the animals taken in by our organization will live out their lives educating thousands of people every year about their species and encouraging a healthy respect for our natural world in adults and children alike.

What Your Donation Will Do

The shape and design of the new aviaries will be larger than the minimum housing guidelines for non-releasable Raptors as stated by the Raptors Center at the University of Minnesota's College of Veterinary Medicine. They will be constructed from materials that resist decay and will serve the organization long-term. This will give our raptors the best housing we can for a safe, comfortable, and happy life!

Where Your Donation Will Go

 Expenses Notes Cost
 Demolition  Volunteers & DPW removal


 Site Preparation
  • Demolition of existing retaining structure
  • Construction of a new wall with proper drainage
  • Infill and rough grade soil
  • Form and pour new concrete base wall (up to 18" deep)
  • Infill structure with crushed stone
  • Clean up
 New Aviary Construction  Includes: fabrication, delivery and installation  $40,300
 Replace Safety Fence  Demolition and Construction  $13,000
  TOTAL   $66,505

Ruby's Story

All of TNC’s raptors are permanently injured (due to human interactions) and non-releasable, such as Ruby our Red-Tailed hawk. 

In the fall of 2006, Ruby was found tangled up in a tree on Long Island close to power lines. They found a string tied to and twisted around her left wing, an injured left eye, and red nail polish on her beak, right body side, legs, and feet.

Ruby was taken to a wildlife rehabilitation center whose staff guessed she had been stolen from the wild as a nestling by a unknown individual. The rehabilitation center was able to remove the string and most of the red nail polish but her eye injury was permanent. Ruby's eye injury prevents her from seeing well enough to fly or hunt (little to no depth perception).

Since she would not survive life in the wild, TNC volunteered to provide her with a new home and care for the rest of her life.

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