Farm Animals and Raptor Centre at Mountsberg

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We spent the afternoon at Mountsberg for the Maple Syrup Festival, but maple syrup wasn’t all that this conservation area in Ontario, Canada had to offer. There were also plenty of opportunities to observe the animals that lived there! The park doubles as a small farm with many farm animals. There is also a Raptor Centre where wild birds that can no longer fend for themselves in the wild are provided care in captivity. Both areas are educational and fun for both children and adults alike!ย  IMG_2831

Mountsberg has a small barn with farm animals living indoors in the winter, with a few fenced areas outdoors for them to roam when it is warm enough outside.ย When we visited Mountsberg in the early summer of last year, all of the animals were outside because it was a warm, sunny day. On this chilly Spring day in March, everyone was indoors and frolicking quite happily in the straw. There are many baby sheep and goats that stayed close by their parents, exploring a little here and there with their siblings. We were able to hear the high-pitched baaaaaa sounds coming from the babies and the lower-pitched bleats from the parents! It was very cute. IMG_2838

It was nap time for many of the goats. There was one baby goat who loved climbing on top of a tree stump and getting attention from everyone who stopped by.

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Mountsberg has animals that contrast greatly in size, from little rabbits and chickens to giant horses. The horses were getting some exercise outdoors that day. Horses that large must need to stretch their legs fairly often!

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After seeing the farm animals and visiting the maple sugar bush, we ventured on to the Raptor Centre to see the Birds of Prey show.

IMG_2885 Mountsberg is home to 15 different species of birds that are native to Southern Ontario, including eagles, vultures, owls, hawks, and many more. These birds mostly have permanent injuries that do not allow them to be introduced back into the wild. Some of these birds have had too much human contact that leaves them incapable of surviving on their own. So, they have come to live at Mountsberg to be fully cared for by the experts that work there.

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On the weekend, there are Birds of Prey shows a few times each day. It was a full house for the show we attended that day due to the popularity of the Maple Syrup Festival, so we were amongst the last people to secure a spot at the back. We learned so much about two of Mountsberg’s residents, a Merlin named Scout and a Gray Morph Screech Owl named Echo. Merlins are a small species of falcon. Scout had human contact early on in life and could not be introduced back into the wild (more details about this in the video below!). Echo is 12 years old now, and these types of owls typically only live for 4 years in nature. His home was destroyed when a tree was cut down, and he was rescued to live at Mountsberg.

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The Birds of Prey show was incredibly informative, educational, and fun! It was great to see these wild raptors up close and to see their trainer interact with them. It was great to get to know the stories behind these two birds.

From there, we walked around and visited all of the other birds that live there. They each had their own large living space, and were each given their own private time to fly around in the larger central area. Here are the many birds of Mountsberg:

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IMG_2969Great Horned Owl

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It was a beautiful day outside and while the snow was still on the ground, it was our first taste of Spring. I’m so glad that there is a place like Mountberg that rescues wild birds that otherwise wouldn’t survive in the wild.ย  The conservation area has many trails that surround a lake, which was still frozen over.

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Here is a video of the farm animals and the wild birds at Mountsberg. You can hear the call of the Merlin, view the Screech Owl up close, plus see the cute farm animals!

40 Responses

  1. Margherita Ragg
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    Thanks for sharing! Loved the cute little lambs and the birds of prey, so fascinating. Great place!

  2. Mrs Chasing the Donkey
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    I love love those wee lambs, what photos. I had to skip past the video though as birds freak me out – badly! Thanks for again linking up with us for #SundayTraveler.

    • Justin and Lauren
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      Aw I’m sorry that birds scare you! I don’t think we’ll have any bird related posts for a while now ๐Ÿ™‚ The lambs were so cute!

  3. theegetawaygal
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    The pics of the birds are amazing… those owls are beautiful! And opening this up and seeing those sheep on Easter made me smile. Very fun!

    • Justin and Lauren
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      It was a great afternoon that we spent there, I really enjoyed it! Thanks for visiting our blog!

  4. Katrina
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    The merlin and the peregrine are my favorite birds of prey! And the photos of the lambs and baby goats made me melt. Wish they’d stay that small and cute forever!

    • Justin and Lauren
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      Oh, I know, isn’t it like that with all baby animals? We have a kitten right now and he is growing SO fast! While he is still super cute, we want him to stay tiny like he was at 7 weeks old! But we know that isn’t going to happen!

  5. frankaboutcroatia
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    Your photos of birds are amazing! Mountsberg seems like a fun, but also very educational place to visit.

    • Justin and Lauren
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      There were lots of kids there and I think they learned a lot! We overheard some parents talking to their kids about building small habitats in their backyard for the owls, after the birds of prey show featuring the owl. I thought that was really sweet!

  6. Angela Anderson
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    What a fun experience. Great photos of the birds. I just love visiting farms ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. Looks like a fun chill time, such a fun place for kids. The lambs are so adorable, makes me miss the pet goat I used to have as a child! Raptors are just stunning birds!

    • Justin and Lauren
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      Awww you had a pet goat! That is so cute. I love the goats, they’re so adorable.

  8. Dave
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    Those birds are beautiful – one of the incidental advantages to visiting/supporting a center that cares for those birds is getting such an up-close view!

    • Justin and Lauren
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      It is great to see them out in the wild, but hard to get an up-close view! I am not a fan of zoos, but at least this is a center that cares for birds that can’t survive in the wild, so I am supportive of that!

  9. Brianna @ The Casual Travelist
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    What a great opportunity to observe those magnificent birds up close. The lambs are too cute .

    • Justin and Lauren
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      Thanks for stopping by! It was great to observe the birds, and of course, the lambs too!

  10. Calli D
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    Those little goats are so cute! Looks like a great place to visit year-round

    • Justin and Lauren
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      It was great when we visited last summer, and also fantastic during maple season in early Spring! Maybe we’ll have to go in the Fall to check out what’s going on next!

  11. Rachel M
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    Love the birds of prey, feel a little sad for their injuries. Cute lambs too!

    • Justin and Lauren
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      Me too. Mostly, it is human contact that made it so the birds couldn’t survive in the wild rather than a physical injury…which is even sadder, in a way! I’m glad this place exists otherwise they wouldn’t survive at all out there!

  12. Rosie @Eco-Gites of Lenault
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    I love goats but refuse to have any as I also love gardening and if they were to get into my veg garden there would be hell to pay!!

    • Justin and Lauren
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      Oh, I don’t blame you – I love having a veggie garden too, and I wouldn’t want anything to get eaten!

      • Rosie @Eco-Gites of Lenault
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        Not by goats anyway!

  13. Jennifer Smith
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    Oh. My. Goodness. baby goats. Does it get any cuter than that? I have to admit, I’m not the biggest fan of birds – but you’ve got to appreciate the beauty of hawks, eagles, & owls! Lovely finding you through the Travel Tuesday linkup! xx

    • Justin and Lauren
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      Thanks for allowing us to join in on Travel Tuesday! ๐Ÿ™‚ And thank you for stopping by!

  14. Adelina | Pack Me To
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    Aww baby goats! Adorable.

  15. I loved seeing all the kids and animals here. They’re all adorable. This looks like such a great place to visit especially with children. Raptor Centres are such a great way to help these birds. Your bird pictures are beautiful!

    • Justin and Lauren
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      Thank you so much! I’m glad that it is so educational for the kids, plus it helps the birds, too! It is a win-win situation!

  16. Ashley Hubbard
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    Beautiful animals and photos! I want that horse! Thanks for linking up to the #SundayTraveler ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Justin and Lauren
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      There were a couple of other horses there that looked similar – they were HUGE! Some of the biggest horses I’d ever seen. They’re such gentle creatures. Thanks for stopping by!

  17. Dennis Kopp
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    Lauren and Justin, those are really great animal photos. Being not the biggest fan of birds, the tiny sheep and goats look especially cute to me. With the spring time you obviously picked the perfect time for a visit to see those cuddly little fellows minding their own curious businessโ€ฆ : )

  18. Bronwyn Joy
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    Definitely good animal shots. Takes quite a skill (what is it they say about animals and children?)

  19. Daniel
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    I came here trying to find out why the animals, especially the farm animals and bisons (I read somewhere that have bison rides too) are at Mountsberg. Are the farm animals slaughtered after their usefulness? Is going there supporting animal slavery and exploitation? Thanks in advance if you can answer these for me. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Lauren
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      Daniel, I have no idea what happens to the farm animals. I assumed that they just lived there all the time and were taken care of by the city’s parks department as something educational to expose children to farm animals, but at the same time, they lived peacefully. I would be really curious to know. If you find out, could you please let me know by responding here or by emailing us at: justinpluslauren at gmail dot com. Of course, we would not want to be supportive of any place that exploited animals, slaughtered them, or sold them to be killed….I know for the Raptor Centre that they have rescued birds that cannot be released back into the wild, and I’m grateful that they take care of them. I don’t think there are bison rides there. Anytime I’ve visited, I’ve known that there are bison grazing out in the fields but they’ve always been really far away and I’ve never actually seen them. I think your best bet would be to contact someone at Mountsberg. Let me know if you hear anything.
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  20. John
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    Sursriping to think of something like that

  21. Gavin
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    We have something similar to this in Idaho called Bear World. The main attraction is loop where you can drive around and see bears and wolves. But there’s a petting zoo with goats, deer, pigs, etc. that is even funner than the loop.

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