Wildlife Ambassadors

At Blandford, Wildlife is our middle name!

Blandford’s wildlife ambassadors permanently live here due to severe injuries and there, help educate students and families with a close view of animals they normally wouldn’t see outdoors.

Click on the buttons below for facts on these animal groups and to see the Wildlife Ambassadors we have here at Blandford!

There are a 28 species of hawks, falcons, kites and eagles in the North America. Michigan is home to about 18 species of these Birds of Prey or Raptors. Raptors are predatory birds that hunt and kill other birds and animals for their food. Owls are also Raptors, however, they’re not in the same family as hawks & falcons.

There are over 4,000 species of mammals in the world and Michigan is home to 65 species of mammals. Large mammals such as bears, deer, moose and coyotes roam our state. Smaller Michigan mammals include flying squirrels, mice and bats.

There are over 217 species of owls in the world and North America has 22 of these species. Popular species that are seen in Michigan include Eastern Screeches, Great-Horned owls, Long-eared owls and Barred owls.

There are over 8,240 species of reptiles in the world! There are 10 species of turtles, 18 species of snakes and only 2 species of lizards, for a total of 30 reptile species in Michigan.

Did you know that there are only 23 species of vultures in the world? All vulture species are split into 2 groups: Old World Vultures and New World Vultures. The only species of vulture found in Michigan is the Turkey Vulture. This vulture ranges from 2 to 4 pounds with a 5.5 to 6 ft wing span.