The Blackland Prairie Raptor Center is having its 4th Annual Ribs n’ Raptors fundraiser, Saturday November 10th from 11:30am to 2:30pm at its park, 1625 Brockdale Park Road, Lucas TX 75002. BBQ and local craft beer will be served, live birds of prey will be introduced to guests, and there will be live and silent auctions to support what has quickly become one of the 10 largest raptor centers in the country.

Blackland Prairie Raptor Center received 764 patients in 2017, in only its second year of raptor rehabilitation operations. As the most comprehensive raptor center in the area, Blackland Prairie Raptor Center expects to expand its capabilities to handle 900 patients within a couple years. The Ribs n’ Raptors fundraiser is the main donation event of the year for the cause.

Blackland Prairie Raptor Center’s recent celebrity patient was Snowy, a Snowy Owl, found in North Texas in December of 2017. After a two month rehabilitation period, Snowy was flown to Minnesota where he was released. “Snowy was about 1,000 miles off course” says Erich Neupert, Executive Director of Blackland Prairie Raptor Center. “We were excited to be able to rescue, rehabilitate and eventually get Snowy released in a proper habitat. As the DFW area continues to grow, more sick, injured and orphaned raptors are being found. We must continue to expand our capabilities to accept these patients and give them a second chance.”

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The Ribs n’ Raptors fundraiser will help fund the expanding needs of the center including a digital X-ray machine and other necessary medical equipment.

Blackland Prairie Raptor Center is a state and federally permitted facility in Lucas, Texas whose mission is the rehabilitation and release of birds of prey in North Texas as well as outreach programming with live raptor ambassadors.

For more information, contact Erich Neupert at 469-964-9696 or, or visit

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