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!