Black Hills Raptor Center seeks donations, volunteers for first building

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RAPID CITY, S.D. - The Black Hills Raptor Center is proactive in protecting wildlife. They are also making efforts to purchase a new building with the assistance of donations and grants.

Raptors include hawks, eagles, owls, and other birds of prey. Co-founders Maggie Engler and John Halverson have volunteered their efforts since the year 2010.

“We’re doing 120 to 150 educational programs in public schools and all kinds of venues," Halverson says. "Not only around the Black Hills but in North Dakota, Wyoming, and Nebraska. So, we’re keeping busy.” 

The co-founders have worked out of their homes for seven years, but they recently purchased land to make way for a new building that hosts educational programs and provides a safe haven for injured birds.

“We are very excited to actually own a piece of land in Rapid City," Engler says. "We are working very hard on our building plan, so we can actually get structures up this year.” 

Progress is being made, but there is still a lot of work to do. The Black Hills Raptor Center is seeking donations, as well as volunteers, for their building plan.

“We need people who can help us build; we need area contractors, we need donations in cash," Engler says. "We are just like any other organization. We’re going to need to pay people for the work that needs to be done.” 

If you are interested in helping, you can go to www.blackhillsraptorcenter.org for more details.

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