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International Raptor & Falconry Center

Making the world a better place for raptors through education and science

Cornville, AZ

Mission

We are a non-profit organization that is devoted to the conservation and understanding of raptor species worldwide. Our mission is to make the world a better place for raptors through education and science. Our vision is to improve awareness and appreciation of raptors by providing a variety of educational programs to the public. The ancient culture of Falconry has played a pioneering role in raptor conservation and the Center will conserve that heritage through ethical practices and education. Our ultimate vision for the Center is to be specialty conservation center devoted to raptor species from all over the world for the public to visit and enjoy and a state of the art medical facility that will provide medical assistance and rehabilitation to injured/sick raptors.

Ruling Year

2017

Executive Director

Michele Losee

Main Address

PO Box 33

Cornville, AZ 86325 USA

Keywords

conservation, education, research, raptor rehabilitation

EIN

82-0696138

 Number

1217124342

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Wildlife Preservation/Protection (D30)

Education N.E.C. (B99)

Science, General (includes Interdisciplinary Scientific Activities) (U20)

IRS Filing Requirement

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

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Programs + Results

What we aim to solve New!

Our organization is focused on raising awareness of raptor conservation through education.
In addition, the main problem in our area is the lack of places injured or sick raptors can receive proper care. Currently, they are either euthanized or must endure a lengthy three-hour car ride to the Phoenix area. Three hours is the closest avian veterinarian as well. We aim to solve this problem by building a state-of-the-art avian hospital.
Finally, we are located in a unique high desert ecosystem and includes many threatened or vulnerable raptor species that are under studied or their natural history is not well understood in this type of habitat.

Our programs

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

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Raptors Rock!

Public Events

Raptor experiences and falconry workshops

American Kestrel Nest Box Project

Where we workNew!

Our Results

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one. These quantitative program results are self-reported by the organization, illustrating their committment to transparency, learning, and interest in helping the whole sector learn and grow.

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Number of participants attending course/session/workshop

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General/Unspecified

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Number of clients participating in educational programs

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K-12 (5-19 years)

Number of public events held to further mission

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No target populations selected

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Charting Impact

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What is the organization aiming to accomplish?

What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?

What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?

How will they know if they are making progress?

What have and haven't they accomplished so far?

Our biggest goal is to acquire land to build a beautiful Center for the public to visit and enjoy learning about raptor species from all over the world. In line with the same goal is to build a state of the art avian hospital. Currently raptors in northern Arizona have no suitable place to go for treatment when injured or sick. Additionally, there is no avian veterinarian in the area. The closest is a six-hour round trip drive. We want to change all this! We are a university town and would like to offer opportunities for pre-vet students to gain experience as well as internships to veterinarians that would like more hands-on experience.

Our overarching goals are to continue educating the public about raptors and falconry. We believe there can be little conservation without awareness and that is accomplished through education.

Research is an important component of our mission. Education and conservation are not possible without continued contributions to the conversation of raptor knowledge. We accomplish this through direct research projects as well as citizen science.

Our strategies are to increase our funding by continuing to fundraise, applying and being awarded grants. We have and will continue to explore new avenues of marketing to gain funders as well as to gain participates in our education programs and experiences. We are building and cultivating relationships with the community and other organizations that could help further our mission. We will continue to build our relationships.
New program development is a high priority for 2018. We aim to keep our programs interesting and relevant in order to attract interest and earn repeat participation.

Our main capability is our passion! We have a collection of dedicated people passionate about raptors and passionate about making IRFC a success.

We will know we are making progress when we secure a piece of land and in the process of building a beautiful center. Until then, we know we are making progress when we are increasing are organization's range and profile in the community. Not even a year old, we already have people saying, "oh I've heard of you."
Progress will be when we are financially able to grow and add more birds to our flying team because there is a higher demand. We are close but need the space and location to better serve.

In less than a year old, we gained our 501(c)3 status in less than 90 days. We have applied for and were awarded our first two grants. We have developed many partnerships and relationships within our community. Our education programs are being requested more every month and we are invited to many events. We are excited to celebrate Earth Day with the beautiful Red Rock State Park as the center focus. We are doing our first Spring Break and summer camps for the Museum of NAZ, which was one of our main goals for 2018.

Our flying team is gaining quite a following of fans.

Next? We want to expand our education programs curriculum and tools. For example to include a 'Raptor Discovery Trunk' for educators. We would like to add much more to our teaching tools such as more replica skulls, feet, whole skeletons etc.... We are looking to add an education intern to provide us with the best educational curriculum as well as the ability to give a deserving early career educator experience.

We plan on adding workshops such as 'First Responding for Raptors'. This will be a workshop focused on local governmental agencies and wildlife rehabbers that get the calls about raptors in trouble. Because there are no avian veterinarians or raptor rehabilitators in the area, this will give those that do get the call the skills necessary to handle these desperately sick/injured birds and relieve immediate distress using proper techniques.

We would like to add a small owl species to our flying team.

And again, our main focus is to acquire land in order to build.

These are just a few things on our 'To Do List' and we have a lot we want to do!

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Board Leadership Practices

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BOARD ORIENTATION & EDUCATION

Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations?

No

CEO OVERSIGHT

Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year?

No

ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year?

No

BOARD COMPOSITION

Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership?

No

BOARD PERFORMANCE

Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years?

No

Organizational Demographics

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Gender

Race & Ethnicity

Sexual Orientation

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Disability

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Diversity Strategies

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We track the diversity of vendors (e.g., consultants, professional service firms)
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Diversity notes from the nonprofit
We have a 'No Discrimination' clause written into the bylaws and practice an absolute inclusive to all as a non-negotiable for those that serve as board members, volunteers and future paid staff. This is extended to any current/potential partnerships and participants in our programs. We welcome everyone to learn about raptors without consideration to anyone's color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, disability or income. In close proximity to many Native Nations, we remain thoughtful to religious beliefs concerning owls and other raptor used in programs. We passionately encourage young women/girls to pursue their desire to enter the STEM world with confidence. Historically falconry has been a male-dominated culture, we support and mentor young girls to pursue this culture without reservation. Our Youth Ambassador is a young girl that aspires to by a falconer, ornithologist and 'bird rescuer'. She is mentored by our executive director that encourages her to be empowered.