Birds of Prey

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The FREE accessible Birds of Prey exhibit is very special and unique to the Northern Illinois/Southern Wisconsin area. This brand new exhibit features up-close views of raptors and one of the few accessible tree houses in Illinois. Visitors are welcome to observe, take pictures, and ask questions.

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about birds of prey

Atwood Center has been home to Birds of Prey since 1988. The birds are a critical component of the Rockford Park District’s Outdoor Recreation and Education program. All of the birds located within the exhibit are unable to survive in the wild due to previous injuries or impairments, and are used as aids in the Rockford Park District’s strong environmental message to preserve and enhance natural habitat. The exhibit currently contains a great horned owl, a turkey vulture, a red-tailed hawk, a barred owl, and a bald eagle.

Illinois Park & Recreation Association Outstanding Facility & Park Award Winner

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Exhibit Hours

Sunday through Saturday, 8:30am – 10:30pm

Atwood Center Hours

Saturdays, 10:00am – 2:00pm

Scheduled Bird of Prey Feeding

Saturdays at 1:00pm

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Over the past 20 years, more than 30,000 people have seen our Birds of Prey program. Schedule a group to visit the Atwood Center with a personal Bird of Prey program, or have our program come to you!


  • 1-100 per person: $4.50; $3.50 (resident)

  • 100+ Flat Rate: $400; $325 (resident)

Families can stay overnight and literally bunk with the birds and sleep under the stars. The combination of these features makes the Birds of Prey exhibit at Atwood Center one-of-a-kind!

For more information or to schedule your Bird of Prey program, please contact us at 815.966.8747.