Every living thing on our planet has a purpose – fulfilling the Circle of Life. At Hawk Creek Wildlife Center, our mission is to educate, empower and preserve so that we will all thrive together. We inspire minds to become environmental stewards and conserve wildlife to fulfill the circle of life for generations to come.


Our Vision is a world in which humans and all other living species live in harmony with nature. This balance protects the world today and tomorrow.


Hawk Creek, a non profit founded in 1987, is one of the largest raptor centers in the East that is funded through the generosity of our community. Our donors, volunteers, education programs, symbolic adoption program, grants and Erie County are the life blood of Hawk Creek. Located in East Aurora, New York, the Center houses a diverse, global collection of raptors and wildcats. We are uniquely poised to provide engaging, meaningful up-close encounters through flying bird shows and animal interactions for varied audiences. Through our exceptional education programs, we instill respect for nature and her laws and promote stewardship of our planet. In addition, we support endangered species through our collaborative partnerships and vital breeding programs. We have received many international awards including one by National Geographic.



Our Valuable Team Members

Loretta Jones
Loretta JonesFounder & CEO
Tanya Lowe
Tanya LoweCurator & Education Director
Mike McCarthy
Mike McCarthyVolunteer & Education Manager
Matt Zymanek
Matt ZymanekFacilities Director