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Wings and Talons

Raptor Education, Stewardship, and Conservation

Itasca, IL   |  https://wingsandtalons.org

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Mission

Our mission is to provide for the raptors in our care and those that live in the wild by means of education, stewardship, and conservation. We are also committed to connecting with similar organizations to share knowledge and work together for the common cause of raptor preservation.

Ruling year info

2016

Principal Officer

Beth Chenoweth

Main address

1050 Irving Park Road #891

Itasca, IL 60143 USA

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EIN

81-4618225

NTEE code info

Wildlife Preservation/Protection (D30)

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990-N.

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Our programs

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Raptor Education

We offer education opportunities for a wide range of ages, knowledge, and backgrounds. We have presented our birds at large conventions such as the Chicago Fish and Sports show all the way down to more personalized experiences for boy and girl scout troops. We also visit schools! We normally ask for a tax-deductible honorarium for each raptor we bring to a program. Our organization is run entirely by volunteers so all money goes directly to the well-being of our birds. At an educational program, you will learn about various fascinating aspects of raptors like their unique characteristics, ecology, and environmental impact. If you’re interested in scheduling a program, please contact [email protected].

Population(s) Served
Adults
Children and youth
Families

We offer training for new volunteers throughout the year. Participating in our training class is required for all new volunteers. We will teach you the basics of raptor health, feeding, housing, handling, and equipment. After completion of the program, successful students can expect to have the knowledge to educate members of public about raptors and gain the ability to continue training with our birds at the center. Completion of this class will not cover the 240 required hours in order to obtain an education raptor, nor will it automatically guarantee acceptance at other organizations in order to handle their birds. We will provide the foundation on which to build your passion and skills.

The class will take place once a week for three hours. The average session will include classroom time as well hands-on activities such as cleaning of mews and food preparation. The class will end with an exam covering the knowledge that you have gained. There will be a fee for the class in order t

Population(s) Served
Adults

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How we listen

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  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, We don’t have the right technology to collect and aggregate feedback efficiently, Staff find it hard to prioritize feedback collection and review due to lack of time

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Board of directors
as of 02/22/2024
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Board chair

Beth Chenoweth

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Nabeel Rasheed

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Kristi Richter-Duff

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David Felice

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Kay Bordenave

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