Research & Education  /  Specialty   /  Raptor Woodland Refuge

Thirty feet above the forest floor is where we are. This canopy-level exhibit is designed according to the natural habitat of the rescued birds housed within these mews. These are not ordinary enclosures; these are homes. These owls, hawks, falcons and other species are birds of prey that can no longer survive in the wild. But they can provide us with their experiences, so we can know more about this important part of nature. Each visit is its own unique adventure, its own story, its own memory to share.


Fontenelle Nature Center Raptor Experience in Bellevue, Nebraska opened in July 2016.  The exhibit features several cabins (also known as mews) where injured raptors will undergo rehabilitation.  Visitors will have year-round views of the raptors while they reside in climate controlled cabins with screened porches.  The mews are sited among existing mature trees, some raised overhead.   They are connected by pedestrian walkways and boardwalks, a few are elevated and suspended to enhance the educational experience. The cabin design is reflective of the surrounding forest and existing nature center.

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Fontenelle Forest


Bellevue, Nebraska