"Come dance with the west wind and touch on the mountain tops. Sail over the canyons and up to the stars
And reach for the heavens and hope for the future, and all that we can be and not what we are."
- The Eagle and the Hawk by John Denver
Founder and President
Valerie has been a falconer in Tennessee since 2016 and currently holds a TWRA Education permit and a Wildlife Rehabilitation permit. Her medical background in nursing and hospice is invaluable for the care of our injured and non-releasable birds.
Founder and Vice-President
Ian has been a falconer in Tennessee since 2016 and currently holds a TWRA General Falconry permit. He has worked with different birds of prey across three states and focuses on proper handling techniques and technical aspects of care for our birds. He is also an Eagle Scout.
Founder, Secretary and Treasurer
Lyle is responsible for facilities construction, media and maintenance, as well as caring for our birds and ensuring they have the best amenities available during their time with us. He is in the process of earning his TWRA Falconry Educator permit and is a certified Tennessee Naturalist with a background in forestry.
Middle Tennessee Raptor Center
A Tennessee Non-Profit Corporation
We are a family-owned and licensed 501(c)3 wildlife rehabilitation and education organization dedicated to the conservation of and care for raptors and birds of prey. Our immediate goal is to protect these magnificent animals and educate the public on the benefits of their preservation. Our long term goals include opening a public nature center to continue our work to conserve and educate about raptors.