Their Mission & Values
Our mission is to improve the welfare of raptors across Montana through rehabilitation of injured birds, community education, and partnerships for raptor conservation and research.
- Maintain an efficient and cost-effective organization.
- Use best practices for raptor rehabilitation.
- Work to constantly improve our educational content and outreach.
- Engage and thoroughly train community volunteers to assist in our mission.
- Build relationships with organizations that can help achieve our mission.
- Obtain funding necessary to support and grow activities and programs.
Who They Are
Montana Raptor Conservation Center (MRCC), founded in 1988, is a 501(c)3 nonprofit enthusiastic about the education, research, and rehabilitation of injured raptors. They pride themselves on being good stewards to both the community and environment through their work. Ruby, our BACF intern, went to MRCC and spoke with Jordan Spyke, Director of Operations and Development, and Teresa Aldrich, Education Specialist who shared the impact of their work. In addition to the board and staff at MRCC, the approximately 50 volunteers are especially important in making the work they do possible.
What They Do
One component of the work done at MRCC is educational outreach. They offer a number of different options for people wanting to know more about raptors. For young kids, programs such as Birds and Books and Feathered Friends introduce them to the basics. They also offer programs about the conservation of birds and raptors (one of their main concerns). Paid programming, both on and off site, is their opportunity to educate the public about their cause and raptors.
Their major chance for more education is through the Summer Educational Series. The program is a 10-part series, held in their newly built amphitheater, which discusses topics such as conservation, different raptor species, and habitat, amongst other topics. This is an opportunity for people to not only learn about the raptors, but also see the education birds. They hope to expand the summer programming in 2018 to accommodate for increasing interest.
In addition to educational programming, MRCC rehabilitates and researches raptors. On average they take in 200 raptors a year, all with various injuries. Once they receive the raptors, their specialized bird veterinarian stabilizes the birds. If the raptors survive their injuries, MRCC bands them and returns them to their natural habitat. The banding allows MRCC to conduct research alongside other organizations, individuals, and students.
Bozeman Area Community Foundation works to help nonprofits do their best work for the community and provides a number of opportunities to do so. MRCC participated in Give Big the past three years, which contributed to their cause tremendously. Donations from the event have helped in their operations and also assisted in purchasing an x-ray machine. BACF connections led an inspired donor to fund MRCC’s Summer Education Series. The funds they received from that donor made it possible to promote the programs and offer them free to the public. This donation was paramount to gaining exposure for educational outreach.