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Who we are, what we do, and what we're planning

Here at Middle Tennessee Raptor Center, we are driven by a single goal; to do our part in making the world a better place for all. We are a 501(c)3 Non-Profit Tennessee Corporation created by the Russell family in Tullahoma, Tennessee. We are dedicated to the conservation and preservation of raptors, also known as birds of prey.

MTRC is licensed, permitted, and inspected by both the Tennessee Wildlife Resource Agency and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. We operate from our private residence currently, and are working towards expanding into a public facility where wildlife lovers of all ages can come and have their own experiences with these amazing birds in a beautiful, Middle Tennessee setting.

Our plans will include an interactive visitors center, walking trails, state-of-the-art raptor enclosures (called mews), daily education programs, a birds-of-prey flying experience area, a primitive camping area for youth groups and scouts, and a level I arboretum of native Tennessee tree species.

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Our Activities

See how the Middle Tennessee Raptor Center

is making a difference in the conservation of Birds of Prey

Home: What We Do



Introducing you to the world of raptors through local educational outreach presentations and programs. Click the link below to learn more.



Providing treatment and care specifically for birds of prey. We are a licensed TWRA Wildlife Rehabilitation facility. Click the link below to learn more.



Ensuring the survival of these amazing animals by licensed and caring staff. Click the link below to see how you can help ensure these birds have a future.

A View of Our World through the Eyes of a Hawk | Lyle Russell | TEDxTullahoma
TEDx Talks

A View of Our World through the Eyes of a Hawk | Lyle Russell | TEDxTullahoma

If you could see through the eyes of a bird of prey, what do you think you would you see? Wildlife Educator Lyle Russell walks you through the journey of three raptors, introducing the dangers they face in our world and the importance these amazing birds in our environment Lyle Russell is an author, blogger, ISA certified arborist, wildlife educator, and podcast host originally from Tampa, Florida. He is a member of multiple genealogical societies, with ancestral links in the United States back to the Mayflower landing. In April of 2021, Lyle and his wife Valerie founded the Middle Tennessee Raptor Center, a licensed non-profit wildlife rescue that helps injured birds of prey return to the wild. Injured raptors that cannot be returned to the wild become Raptor Education Ambassadors. Lyle and Valerie perform about one hundred education programs per year for schools, festivals, church and civic groups, along with scout camps and summer day camps. Their programs focus on raptor conservation and the importance of these amazing birds in our ecosystem. When he’s not writing, blogging, or creating podcasts, Lyle enjoys traveling to education programs with his birds, woodworking, reading, hiking and falconry. He lives in the heart of Middle Tennessee. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at
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