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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Animals, Arts & Culture, Bird Sanctuaries, Natural History & Natural Science Museums, Veterinary Services, Zoos & Aquariums

Mission: Carolina Raptor Center was founded in 1980 at UNC-Charlotte's biology department. The organization has grown from treating a single injured owl to treating over 1,000 injured owls, eagles, hawks, falcons, and vultures each year. In 2012, almost 70% of the birds living through the first 24 hours were returned to the wild. An equally important part of Carolina Raptor Center's outreach is environmental education. Classes can be arranged either on-site or at your location. Programming meets NC Public Education standards and is designed for grades K - 12. Carolina Raptor Center is open to the public seven days a week. Over twenty-five species of raptors live on the Raptor Trail. Visit the largest Eagle aviary in the Carolinas. Live bird presentations are scheduled on weekends. Visit Carolina Raptor Center's website for more information. www.carolinaraptorcenter.org.

Results: New in 2012 The Owl Forest: A Nature Notebook Exhibit Large Bird Flight Cage for Flight Training Talons: Birds of the World Summer Flight Show Bird of the Week Blog and Awareness Campaign

Programs: Meet the Keeper, Behind the Scenes Tours, Flight Shows (summer months), Live Bird Presentations, Special Events

Community Stories

9 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Stefan P.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Sure, it's fun and relaxing and educational to walk the Raptor Trail through Carolina Raptor Center. They are beautiful to look at. And as you leave after your visit, it's always time well spent, for a great experience. But the bottom line is... the Carolina Raptor Center saves raptor's lives! THOUSANDS of them! I have volunteered at the Rehab Hospital for just over a couple years now. And just in that short time, over 2,000 injured, dying, suffering, beautiful hawks owls, vultures, eagles and osprey have been handed off to our wonderful medical team, to get help. That's a lot of huge birds. The vast majority of these helpless raptors were nursed back to health and once again set free into the wilderness, right here in our back yard, all around Charlotte. Many were given surgeries, medications, custom made food, and lots and lots of love and caring by the incredibly dedicated staff and volunteers.

Among the thousands of birds whose lives were saved, how many of them were raptors that you or your children were lucky enough to see, soaring high above, or sitting on that wire or branch, or flying across a field or through a barn? Many of us would not have had those magical moments of seeing these majestic birds, if it wasn't for the Carolina Raptor Center.

Charlotte is truly a fortunate city, to have this wonderful non-profit right here. Few cities are so fortunate. The hospital saves lives, and the Raptor Trail in turn, helps fund the hospital and teaches us and the next generation of us, to care about these special birds. They really make a difference. I'm so happy and honored to be a part of such a great organization.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a volunteer, board member and donor. I dedicate my time and resources to this organization because I can see the results. They are efficient and effective in helping to return raptors to the wild. The passion of the staff and volunteers is apparent. Visitors can come see birds (those that cannot be released) in up close settings. The education programs are fun and interesting for all ages. This is a great organization!

Nurse Judy

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a proud volunteer at Carolina Raptor Center. When I get a call about an injured bird, I am just like a horse waiting to be hooked up to the firetruck. My car is always ready with the supplies I will need. Every rescue is different. I may be in mud, water, or under someone's porch in my efforts to rescue the Owl/Hawk/Vulture/and more. It's a wonderful experience to know that someone will be in the CRC Hospital waiting for me to bring in my patient. I love my volunteer work and all the experienced people who work so hard to save these birds!!! Judy Helms

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Donor

Rating: 5

Carolina Raptor Center is outstanding in their hard work to stabilize, medically or surgically treat, and rehabilitate injured birds of different species. Equally important is their work in teaching staff, visitors, and especially children of all ages how important it is to help keep Nature in her delicate balance so future generations can enjoy its beauty.

1 Melpomme

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My child talked me in to volunteering at the CRC and I am now completely in love with the place. We come in and visit the birds every chance we get and we care for various birds at least once a week. It's incredibly educational, but fun to visit as a family. There is something for people of all ages and the staff / volunteers are amazing and always willing to stop and talk and answer questions.

1 Brian22

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Have been involved with the Raptor Center for a few years related to photography. Very professional organization doing great work with rehabilitation, release and education. Besides having an opportunity to photograph the amazing resident education birds, the amount of information that I learned is amazing! I try to share that information with other people as well as my enthusiasm for the organization as a whole. The way volunteers are treated serves as an example for other non-profits...volunteers are the cornerstone and CRC makes it very clear they understand that. I am very proud to continue to contribute time and photographs to this organization.

1 Rick11

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Absolutely the best people in the world to work with....they put the raptors first before anything.....Have learned so much since I have been volunteering there since August.....Carly, Mathis, and Amber totally rock the place......thank guys for your patience and teaching me so much....truly appreciated...no other place in the world I would rather be at...but the Carolina Raptor Center. Oh...and a big thanks to bwana Jim too.

Betty9

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I work with a group that transports injured raptor from the eastern & central part of NC. It is always a challenge to transport these wonderful creatures, but we know once they arrive at CRC they will receive the best care possible in our state. The entire staff is incredible. They also do a great job of educating people. We have also been able to release many of these birds back into the wild.

Michelle51

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a member of the general public, I visited Carolina Raptor Center several times with friends and family. I started volunteering and learned exactly just how much they make a difference in the community. Not only do they rescue and rehab raptors, they educate the public.

Lisa62

Volunteer

Rating: 5

One of the best places ever that provides a home for birds of prey that cannot survive in the wild. They also treat and release injured birds and educate the public. If you ever want to get away from the busy city, just take a walk through the wooded trails and visit the resident birds. It is refreshing and calming.