welcome to The Centre for the Conservation of Specialized Species

Ferruginous Hawk


Birds of prey; several different species of owls, hawks, falcons, and eagles call the Centre home.

Vampire Bats


There are currently 3 species of bats at the Centre. Vampire Bats, Jamaican Fruit Bats, Egyptian Fruit Bats



The Centre’s breeding programs have been highly successful over the years we have been in operation.

Child enjoying a bat display


We offer several different types of educational programs, designed to cater all audiences.

Educational Programs


Our educational outreach programs are very popular with both elementary and secondary schools throughout both central and eastern Ontario.


We have several community programs, and are available for festivals and fairs, as well as library events, parks, and youth clubs.


The Centre offers a highly educational and entertaining falconry presentation which focuses on the early history of the sport.

Some of the residents


"In my opinion, seclusion and minimal disturbance are crucial to the success of nesting raptors. Mrs. Ketola’s work with such native Canadian species as Ferruginous and Swainson’s hawks, as well as numerous owl species, is noteworthy. Her expertise has been invaluable to me in my efforts to create the American Zoo Association’s first regional studbook for the Eurasian eagle owl, recording the lineages of every individual of this species housed in accredited American zoological parks. Lelia’s breeding facility has been extremely successful; a majority of the eagle owls currently housed in American zoos are descended from her pairs." 'I also recognize and applaud the unique success of Mrs. Ketola’s work, and hope that she will be given every opportunity to continue in her efforts."

R. Harrison Edell; Curator of Birds; Population Manager, Eurasian Eagle Owl Population Manager, Milky Eagle Owl San Francisco Zoo (Now with the Dallas Zoo)


The Centre has a new home at last! Please see our News page for some details

Community Events

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Watch this area for news on upcoming community events.

school Events

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Watch this area for news on upcoming school visits.


If you have found an injured bird of prey (hawk, falcon, owl, etc.), contact the Centre and our experienced staff can assist in determining what steps should be taken to ensure the bird receives the best possible care.



Telephone : +1 343 341 2730

Email : erikthefinn@gmail.com