MRBTA Acquires Eagles Heritage Raptor Wildlife Centre

By September 15, 2021 What's new from the MRBTA?

Dear members,

Please find below the press release on MRBTA’s acquisition of Eagles Heritage. You should have received this information directly to your inbox. If you aren’t receiving emails from our team, please let us know and we will rectify this. Get in touch via membership@margaretriver.com.

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The MRBTA Team

 

PRESS RELEASE

Margaret River Busselton Tourism Association (MRBTA) has acquired Eagles Heritage Raptor Wildlife Centre to continue the important education and conservation work pioneered by owners Phil and Kathy Pain over the last 30 years.

Located amidst rich native bushland 4km from Margaret River township, Eagles Heritage Raptor Wildlife Centre was established in 1987 in response to the need to care for and rehabilitate sick, injured and orphaned birds of prey.

The Centre provides the main care and rehabilitation facility for raptors in Western Australia. It currently offers a permanent home to over 20 raptors, including Eagles, Hawks, Falcons and Owls which are unable to return to the wild, with many more birds rehabilitated and released each year.

Visitors to the Centre encounter the raptors close-up during daily interactive bird handling and flight displays. A 1km bush walk among native flora allows visitors to view aviaries housing resident diurnal and nocturnal birds of prey.

With the guidance of Phil Pain, not-for-profit organisation MRBTA will invest in Eagles Heritage to grow its ability to rescue, care for, rehabilitate and release raptors; breed endangered raptor species; and provide education and enjoyment to visitors to the Centre.

MRBTA has over 60 years’ experience in protecting, enhancing and interpreting unique places which are significant to this region’s history, environment and culture. The sites currently in the Association’s care across the region include four caves, two lighthouses and a high ropes adventure course in the Tuart Forest.

With its expertise combining the care of natural and heritage assets with the development of memorable visitor experiences, MRBTA is in a unique position to offer the resources and skills required to grow the dual outcomes associated with conservation activity and delivering a quality experience within the region’s tourism offering.

MRBTA will begin operating Eagles Heritage later this month.

Comments attributed to MRBTA Joint CEO Steve Harrison:

“Operating Eagles Heritage represents a deepening of MRBTA’s commitment to conservation and environmental regeneration, and will enable us to grow our efforts to enhance visitor education and appreciation of the region’s natural assets.”

“We hope to honour the exceptional work of Phil and Kathy Pain over the last three decades, and to continue their legacy to enable future generations to learn about and encounter these incredible birds of prey.”

Comments attributed to owner Phil Pain:

“At the top of our priority list has been to find new owners for Eagles Heritage who are local, and who will be able to continue our work in conserving and protecting raptors for many years to come. We see MRBTA as a fantastic fit for the business, and we are tickled pink that we’ve found such a capable organisation to take over the reins.”