Eastern Box Turtle

Adopt an Animal 

Symbolically adopting an animal is an exciting way to support KNC's animal care and learn more about these amazing animals. 

Your adoption:
• helps to provide care for an animal at KNC
• gives an unreleasable animal a permanent home (they will live and be cared for here at KNC)
• supports educational programming

Meet & Greet with your Adopted Animal

For an additional $15, you can meet your adopted animal with a trained educator ready to answer your questions. These one-on-one, 15 minute meet & greets take place Saturdays from 10 am - 4 pm.  During the meet and greets, birds cannot be handled by anyone except their caregivers; however, all other animals can be touched if you like.  Upon adoption, simply call the KNC Registrar to set up your time. 


Adopt an Animal Here!

Ruby throated Hummingbird

Adopt a Hummingbird 

The Kalamazoo Valley Bird Observatory (KVBO) has been using bird banding as a tool to help better understand migration patterns, longevity, dispersal and stop over of both breeding and migrating birds at our two locations, the Kalamazoo Nature Center and Pitsfield, for over 30 years.

Adopting a Hummingbird is a unique and rewarding way to help our bird banding program and contribute to our bird banding program studies.

When you adopt a hummingbird for $25, you will receive:
•  A certificate with your name and a profile for an individual hummingbird banded through KVBO.
•  A guarantee that you will be notified if your hummingbird is ever recaptured … anywhere!
•  The satisfaction of knowing that your adoption is helping KVBO with important research.


Adopt a Hummingbird Here!

Eastern Box Turtle

Adopt a Monarch

Your adoption supports MiBN's research of Michigan's changing populations and quality of Michigan ecosystems. It also suports our engagement of the Michigan public in significant community science research. Monarch Butterfly tagging happens during the late summer at KNC. Check out the Calendar for Tagging Day events.

When you adopt a Monarch for $25, you will receive:

  • A certificate with your name, a full-color photograph, and a profile for a Monarch butterfly.
  • The satisfaction of knowing that your adoption is helping the Michigan Butterfly Network with important research.

Adopt a Butterfly Here!

Thank you to everyone who adopted an animal in 2020!

Barred Owl

Barbara Bott  |  Pamela Clark  |  Penny Engel  |  Miranda French  |  Ivan Gilbert  |  Sue Gilbert  |  Brett (Bird Boy) Jensen  |  Susan Kittinger  |  Sally Kowalisyn  |  Tara Long  |  Jennifer Mick  |  Kevin T. Nauta  |  Susan Nelson  |  Laura Porter  |  Karin Verdon  |  Barbara Bott

Eastern Box Turtle

Briar  |  Greg R. Cowles  |  Draven Erwin  |  Chloe Flowers  |  Meagan Maurer  |  Lori Moore  |  Doug Mullen  |  Susan Nelson  |  Benjamin Scholten  |  Tyler Vander Maas  |  Oliver Warzun  |  Simon Webb

Eastern Screech-Owl

Kristin Antoniotti  |  Roger Corpolongo  |  Brett (Bird Boy) Jensen  |  Freya E. Lake  |  Susan Nelson  |  Colleen Munn  |  Katie Murphy  |  Paul C. Peebles  |  Jason Sherrill  |  Karen Sperry  |  Aaron Stinson  |  Kaitlin Stinson  |  Audrey Vanderhoof  |  Lily Vanderhoof  |  Rachel Vazquez  |  Simon Webb

Eastern Tiger Salamander

Aidan Elliott

Garter Snake

Sterling Heckaman  |  Kai Long  |  Kevin Pritchard  |  Lindsey Pritchard

Gray Treefrog

Susan Nelson

Great Horned Owl

Tracie Basarabski  |  Dick Bott  |  Joel De Lorge  |  Brett (Bird Boy) Jensen  |  Gary Kaul  |  Russell N. Kowalisyn  |  Emily Meyer  |  Eric Meyer  |  Isaac Meyer  |  Jack Meyer  |  Krista Meyer  |  Matthew Meyer  |  Sophia Meyer  |  Kevin Mick  |  Susan Nelson  |  Stephanie Postema  |  Anya Urban 

Lacey the horse

Amy Gyorkos


Lisa Ernst  |  Jessica Kaiser  |  Juliane Locker  |  Susan Nelson  |  Maximilian Sine

Otis the goat

Kimberley Johnson  |  Susan Nelson

Red-tailed Hawk

Andrew J. Angel  |  Susan Bannon  |  Steve Bradford  |  Anna Farmer  |  Sandra Jackson  |  Brett (Bird Boy) Jensen  |  Ann M. Johnson  |  Aaron Kowalisyn  |  Susan Nelson