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April 25, 2010

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April 25, 2010

When I first started out volunteering at the Raptor House I knew next to nothing about the world of birds of prey. However, Marsha Flamm, the Founder, is a patient and kind soul with a passion for birds that I have rarely seen. I've learned more than I ever thought possible and have also gained a sense of awe in the power of these Hawks, Falcons, Owls and other birds of prey. Marsha's Raptor Rehabilitation Center has not only helped me respect and love these birds but she helped me grow in my admiration of the wonders of nature accross the world.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

watching the rehabilitation of a few animals including the ugliest opossum you've ever seen. Which just goes to show that no matter the look of any animal, Marsha will try her best to save its life. Broken or Beaten Marsha will do her best.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the educational programs. The Rehab Center puts these on whenever they can and when people say, "Wow that was the coolest thing i've ever seen!" it makes all our hearts jump with joy.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Amazining! The people we have volunteering for the center are some of the kindest peeople i've ever met. They have become more than just fellow volunteers, it's now more like a small family.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

upgrade its medical facilities by getting a much needed X-Ray machine, as well as hiring an on staff Veterinarian to better care for the injured wildlife. The center would also be able to afford the proper medicines to keep recovering birds stable.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

April 23, 2010

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April 23, 2010

I made a visit to the raptor house as one of many stops during my vacation. As a former birds of prey educational speaker, I thought it might be interresting to see the difference between this facility and the one I worked with. Back in 2006 Marsha had only a barn. I've kept in touch & watched her grow over the years. She has really come a long way & with very little to work with. I could just immagine what she could do with all the resources she needs. While there, we toured her facility & she gave me an education on things I didn't even know about. Marsha doesn't just work with wildlife, she lives it. It takes a very special & dedicated person to do what she has done.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

take more pictures and post information about them on the website. Aslo become a member of a social network like facebook. That is a good way to advartise especially for those far away. It also lets people see what cause they are really helping.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the passion, love, and dedication I saw for these animals in need.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

warm, friendly, educated, and had a wealth of information to give to all who would listen.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Be bigger to house more in distress, bring more people in to help, advertise more to get the word out, and travel further to save more lives. It could make such an impact.

Ways to make it better...

I lived closer so I could give more. I would like to have been a volunteer.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

Resourses. The Raptor house has needs to function. In todays world, it's harder than ever to have those needs met. Can't drive a car on fumes all the time. Lets give it some gas.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2006

April 22, 2010

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April 22, 2010

I found the materaial quite educational and very imforming. In addition to this overall experience, I have learned a great deal about birds of prey and would gladly refer others to this organization. The staff was extremely professional and very knowledgable.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

It is very imformative and educational, as well as, family oriented.

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The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

friendly, professional, and imformative, and loaded with information about the raptor house. Everyone was pleasant and works hard.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

April 21, 2010

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April 21, 2010

When i first went to the raptor house i was blown away. you are standing 3 feet away from these magnificent bird,so close you ca see the color of they eyes. the staff at the raptor house are vaults of information.I used to think there were just hawks and falcons,boy was i wrong. I learned so much and the staff was so helpful. I decided to start my path as a Falconer And Marsha Flamm has helped make that decision a reality. Thank you Marsha for all you help and the falconry community in Yakima

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The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

were very helpful and kind.loaded with information and passion for the Raptor house

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

April 21, 2010

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April 21, 2010

I always really enjoy volunteering at Raptor House. It is an incredible organization. Marsha works very hard to give the best possible care to the birds that come in. She puts tons of time into each of the birds and a good amount of what funds Raptor House comes from her own pocket.Marsha has helped a countless number of birds.She also does many programs to help educate the public on raptors. The public really enjoy seeing and learning about these amazing creatures. Not only does she educte the public but you learn a lot volunteering there. I've learned so much from Marsha.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Seeing the birds heal and seeing the public interested in birds of prey. Both are very rewarding experiences.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

try to advertise a little more. Marsha has advertised on the radio before and usually puts out fliers about open houses, but word still doesn't always get out.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

learning about the birds and seeing some released back into the wild. One of the first times I came to Raptor House Marsha and I went out and released two red-tail hawks. It was really amazing to watch them fly off.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Everyone I've met were very passionate about raptors. We all want to help birds of prey.Everyone is pleasant and works hard.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Help so many more birds of prey that need help. More flight pens could be made so that birds could exercise their wings and build muscle before being released. Also, facilities for education could be improved.

Ways to make it better...

there was a more organized list of what needed to be done and instuctions. Marsha is always very busy and it can be difficult to figure out what needs to be done and how to do it.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

not a lot of people know that its there. Many people I talk to at the education programs are suprised to find out that there is a center locally that takes in injured rapors.

One thing I'd also say is that...

Marsha does a great job and works really hard to help these birds. I think that more volunteers and getting the word out would really help. This would help with funding and getting projects done.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

April 21, 2010

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April 21, 2010

I never cease to be amazed at how much time effort and emotion goes into each and every one of the birds that come to Raptor House. Marsha donates all of her time for free, and she uses her own personal funds as well to keep the Raptor House open. Marsha is always thankful for any help I can give and regularly will give up something she has planned to fit into my busy schedule to bring in a bird that needs attention. Marsha is also an amazingly capable nurse to these birds. She has brought birds that I thought would not make it back to full releasable condition through her attention and care.

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The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

extremely capable! These are wild birds and Marsha and her volunteers manage to help them and keep themselves as well as other volunteers safe. Marsha does not have a medical degree, yet I trust her to help me monitor anesthesia and treat these birds.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

April 19, 2010

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April 19, 2010

When Marsha came to this area from out of state she had two things to work with; her experience with raptors and a dream to do educational work. Starting with those two things and very little outside help, she has succeeded in establishing herself as the main raptor re-hab person and the best raptor education source in our Central Washington area. Her sevice to this community is limited to her present level of involvement only because of the limited finances that the Raptor House has been able to generate. There is a far greater demand for rehabilitation work and for educational acivities in our area than what Marsha has been able to satisfy while functioning with the Raptor House budget as it exists at the present time.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

I appreciate Marsha's willingness to go the extra mile to accomodate people's interest in the birds of prey. She will give of her time to answer questions and show people birds up close giving them a quality experience with raptors.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

April 16, 2010

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April 16, 2010

I have enjoyed working with Marsha Flamm at the Raptor House for nearly 5 years. I am continually amazed at the work, and work ethic for the cause, done there. Ms. Flamm puts her all into the rehabilitation of any and all birds (and sometimes other critters) that come to the center. Her education programs are top notch, both very educational and entertaining, leaving the children with a new respect for and understanding of raptors, and our area wildlife in general. I will continue to volunteer for Raptor House Rehabilitation Center for as long as I am able.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Learning valuable information about conservancy, and having helped in the cause.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

See that Raptor House had a medical building of it's own, with equipment. Sometimes it's a matter of how quickly an animal can get medical attention, and the drive to the vet may be too much.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Seeing my children not only gain knowledge, but crave more about area wildlife.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Amazing, Marsha is always willing to take the time to teach or help in any way that is asked of her.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Do more of what it does, Marsha would no doubt use that kind of money toward the healing of, and teaching about her passion - raptors. Raptor House would become all that she dreams of, a grand facility that provides superb care.

Ways to make it better...

I didn't have to see Marsha working so hard with so little. It is difficult to watch someone who wants to do so much have to go without in other areas to care for her birds.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

Money. Raptor House needs more funding. Marsha has the knowledge and the heart to do great things, but needs help to build additional housing and facilities to care for the sick and injured wildlife she takes in.

One thing I'd also say is that...

Raptor House is an amazing experience. Watching the birds, and Marsha with them, is awe inspiring. I hope she can always do what she loves and is so good at. We all benefit from places like Raptor House Rehabilitation Center.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

April 16, 2010

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April 16, 2010

I love working with the birds and with Marsha at Raptor House. She does such a terrific job and provides a great service to the community

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Working with Marsha and the birds

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

April 15, 2010

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April 15, 2010

I help in training non-releasable raptors for educational use. Help with the educational programs, build pens, clean up, pick up injured wildlife.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

learning how to capture injured wildlife, transport them, helping at the vet hospital with the injured animals, mainly raptors. Learned how to train eagles, and other raptors.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

provide more fundraisers to get the funds needed to make this a fully operational program that could reach out to more people in the public.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the release of injured raptors to the center. Working with the centers educational eagles.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

the volunteers and board members are a great group of people working hard to keep the organization afloat.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

I could see the organization building new pens to care for more animals, an educational center on site to provide a place for school field trips.

Ways to make it better...

we could get the word out to the public about the needs for the center.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

the much needed funds to make the program grow in the location of Yakima.

One thing I'd also say is that...

This is the only organization in the Yakima area. It needs to be able to grow with the help of donated funds. I would say to people get out your check book and visit the Raptor House for an educational experience.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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