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Cape Fear Raptor Center, Inc.

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Causes: Animals, Bird Sanctuaries, Protection of Endangered Species

Mission: To provide compassionate and aggressive rehabilitation services to injured raptors with the goal of release back to their natural habitat, to protect and conserve the environment that these raptor's depend on, and to educate the citizen's of Eastern North Carolina, both young and old, the importance that raptor's serve in our ecosystem.

Results: Hundreds of birds rehabilitated with a successful release rate, if they survive the first 24 hours. If the bird is not releasable, great care is given to find the bird a suitable educational placement with a permitted facility.

Target demographics: Injured and sick Raptors rehabilitate and be released

Direct beneficiaries per year: over 200 raptors and educated over 5,000 people

Geographic areas served: Southeastern North Carolina

Programs: Volunteer Program; Education Program

Community Stories

44 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Jocelyn P.1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Great place to volunteer if you love animals. Very hands on and informative. Wonderful staff and you learn a lot.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I am a Wilmington resident who has had the privilege to see what Cape Fear Raptor Center does for our community for the last several years. The Raptor Center brings passion and light to every event I see them at. They are knowledgeable and able to answer any question people ask them about the birds. Like I didn’t know that Turkey Vultures are nature’s garbage collectors. The birds are beautiful and obviously well taken care of. These are hard working individuals who clearly love what they do. I look forward to possibly seeing them at any local festival our community has!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I am in love with these owls! I got to meet Chirpa the Eastern Screech Owl and Karma the Barn Owl at a local business. Two volunteers brought them to raise awareness for the Cape Fear Raptor Center. Not only are they stunning to look at, they have personalities! I am so glad these dedicated volunteers from this wonderful organization are there to take care of these beautiful creatures. CFRC teaches our community so much aboout the importance of these birds in our environment. It is clear that they love what they do and love these birds!

Caitlin J.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

It only took one visit to the Raptor Center to fall in love with all the birds! The other volunteers did well to prepare me for what to expect with each individual owl, hawk, and eagle. I saw the amount of care and dedication they devote to each of the birds, and their passion is infectious! Even the messiest of birds, Frisco, is wonderful to meet, and I couldn’t wait to go back after that first time. As a volunteer, at first it was daunting to be in charge of something as seemingly delicate as caring for them, but I couldn’t help but want to do as much as I could to help the birds after seeing them active and hearing their calls. It’s an amazing experience, and I already feel attached to them all!

Kenna Elizabeth S.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering at Cape Fear Raptor Center, Inc. for the last 8 years. I originally started at the center not only because I love wildlife and wanted to give back, but also because I was terrified of birds and wanted to overcome that. Our Raptors helped me break that fear. They showed me how incredible birds of prey are and how important they are to keeping a healthy, balanced ecosystem. The volunteers at CFRC work really hard to teach these lessons to the public. They are kind, compassionate, hardworking, and knowledgeable. They live by our mission statement of working to conserve, educate, and rehabilitate. Our birds wouldn't have had a second chance at life without them. The public also loves them because they make it their mission to go to events and create experiences so the public can be educated on the importance of raptors in our environment.

This year I took on a larger role at the center as their writing and social media Intern. I wanted to give back more to the place that has gifted me with so much. I help write grants, education programs, run our social media platforms and photograph our birds. The Center has become such a huge part of my life and is loved by our community. They are an important pillar in the community and continue to be through education, conservation, and rehabilitation. This is a places of second chances.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Cape Fear Raptor Center is an AMAZING facility. The people there care about the birds and it shows. All of the raptors are doing great, and they're in amazingly good care. If you see a hawk or an owl who is injured or sick, CFRC is THE place to go.

Kaitlan A.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I am a current volunteer and love all the work that the organization does! The care the birds get is phenomenal. They have access to do many resources to ensure every patient gets the care it needs and deserves!

1 Chris W.6

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Staff was friendly and knowledgeable. Many resources for finding problems with Raptors bought in off the street. Loved going there and will return in the future.

1 posmer

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Cape Fear Raptor Center is an incredible organization. Besides educating the public about raptors and their role in our ecosystem (through festivals, school programs, camp programs, etc) they treat injured raptors passionately. Whether it is a tiny screech owl or a majestic bald eagle all raptors that are injured are cared for with love and respect for the individual with the hope of returning the bird to the wild.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I took part in the 'raptor experience' and found it to be informative, enjoyable and very hands on. The staff were friendly, helpful and very knowledgeable. What an incredible experience to actually have one of these magnificent birds on your fist (on a glove, of course).

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I'm a new volunteer at the Cape Fear Raptor Center. From day one it was very clear how much everyone there cares about the animal's wellbeing. All of the people who help these animals as well as the public work hard to do so. They are all committed to rehabilitating their birds but they're also trying to do more to educate people about what they can do to prevent rehabilitation from ever being needed.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

CFRC is amazing. They save raptors and educate everyone they come in contact with. They make a true difference.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am incredibly blessed to have stumbled upon the Cape Fear Raptor Center while at the BBQ Festival in Burgaw in 2016. Every-day since then I have been volunteering with them, helping medicate, clean, feed, and ultimately release birds of prey that are native to NC (and some non-native species). Since I started my journey with the raptor center, I have developed a dramatic bond with each bird that comes into the center. Not only do I create a special bond, I also feel connected to each bird by being educated on the birds behaviors and mannerisms and being able to read their next moves. Now, two years later, I am now the Rehabilitation Coordinator and handle eagles on a daily basis. I am completely obsessed with bald eagles and larger raptors, and plan to go to NC State Veterinary School next year and come out continuing my practice with raptors. I can fully thank the people of CFRC for teaching me everything I know and allowing me to do what I do. Dr. Joni is my biggest hero and also the person I look up to the most, I aspire to be like her when I am out of vet school, and to be able to do the surgeries that she does. Everyone at CFRC are amazing and put in their blood, sweat, and tears for these birds and the community.

Rachael14

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered for the raptor center for over a year now, and am so extremely proud to be a part of all their hard work and success. I have learned so much and continue to learn and be inspired bu everything the center does for it local birds of prey!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteer at Cape Fear Raptor Center and I am amazed at the attention and loving care that the Raptors are given consistently.
The passion of Dr. Joni Shimp and my peers at the center confirm to me that I made a wise choice in helping with their commitment to birds of prey.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I witnessed a bird that was hit by a car. The person who hit the bird kept going, and this guy was in pain. Myself and a coworker got some jackets to wrap the little guy in, and took him to the Raptor center, where they were extremely helpful. Unfortunately, he didn't make it. However, they were able to save him from hours of extreme pain.

Everyone at the center was super nice and helpful, and I especially loved seeing all of the raptors that they were able to save, and either rehabilitate or provide a safe and loving environment for. Their education programs are great, they came out to our work not too long ago, and it was fascinating to learn about these animals!

Great facilities, educational programs, and people. Thank you for what you do.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have been to the Cape Fear Raptor Center for the educational experience which was a great introduction to a whole new world. Thanks to Dr. Joni and Scott and all the volunteers who save many birds lives and are able to release them back into their world!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I witnessed a volunteer rescue a Bald Eagle from a landfill. The volunteer was unflinching, and focused on saving the eagle even though the bird was covered in lice and her car was then infested with lice. The eagles feet were black and the volunteer stayed focused without concern of a potential bird virus. A try first responder!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This past June the Cape Fear Raptor Center came to our office. We were able to meet these magnificent birds and watch a few flight demonstrations. We learned so much about the importance the Raptor serve in our ecosystem. It was an amazing event to enjoy.

Karen T.2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My family and I visited the Cape Fear Raptor center and we were very impressed with the center and all of the dedicated volunteers. They are doing amazing work and educating the community on these wonderful birds.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The Cape Fear Raptor Center does an amazing job caring for injured and sick birds of prey. On my visit the first thing I noticed is how clean and tidy the center was. It was obvious that the raptors are well taken care of. The staff and volunteers are very regimented in keeping records of when the raptors received medicine, the last time they were fed and what their weights are. The team is very professional but they are also very passionate about what they do. The excitement in their voices when they talk about the different raptors is evident. Their knowledge of each of the raptors enables them to educate the public on the role each of them play in nature. Thanks to the dedicated team at CFRC many raptors get a second chance at survival and the public gets to learn about these amazing the amazing birds. The CFRC is amazing place to visit and an even better place to support!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

We had the opportunity to visit behind the scenes at the Cape Fear Raptor Center a few months ago. What a great organization -- the staff and volunteers work with many different raptors from tiny screech owls all the way to bald eagles. Birds that can't be rehabbed and released are used for educational outreach programs teaching the public about the threats raptors (all all animals) face today: lead shot, environmental poisons, habitat destruction, etc. The staff do a wonderful job! Well worth the visit.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Great experience and great people! I had an excellent time and learned a lot. It’s really good to see people taking time out of their day to help rehabilitate these amazing animals!

Christine B.2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The Cape Fear Raptor Center is great educational experience for children and teens. My daughter loved it! And the personal experience of a facility tour allowed her to ask as many questions as she wanted. It has also sparked her curiousity about raptors and endangered species in general. I'm hoping this will encourage her to volunteer once she is old enough. We will be going back with other family members very soon !

Eric Christian O.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My family members and I experienced the most rewarding and informative visit to CFRC last year. Led by Julie and her friendly, experienced, caring volunteer staff, we were treated to an expansive avian learning tour! Great team and center! Owl support CFRC ad infinitum!

Donor

Rating: 5

This center is everywhere promoting not just their charges but raptor study, habitat and conservation. Center run completely on donations and the hard work of its volunteers.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My wife and I have taken our grandchildren to the raptor center for three years now. They live in California and New York, and visit in the summer. The work that is being done there to try to rehabilitate wounded raptors is amazing.

The staff is unbelievably committed to helping these creatures survive and be returned to their natural environment if possible. Each visit is a fantastic educationl experience as well as an entertaining one.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I came for a raptor experience and became a volunteer! This place has profoundly changed my life. It is an honor to be affiliated with Cape Fear Raptor Center. The birds receive the best care and the staff is truly passionate about it. I cannot day enough good things about this magical place.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I first became aware of this organization at a car meet Held at PNCC in Wilmington. I was amazed because I had never heard of them. I signed up to volunteer and had a wonderful first day experience with Scott ( very knowledgeable ) leader he was very helpful to get me going. I also worked with Paul who showed me how to gut mice for the morning feeding. Ed was working on the meds and Amanda also new helped cleaning cages. Everyone I worked with was very caring and I could tell how much they cared about the birds and the facility. I have some marketing ideas that I will bring at our next monthly meeting. I thing a large part of our fund raising success is letting people and groups and business's in the area that we exist and what we do. I will be there again next tues. I love it . Thanks Mike Catullo

Volunteer

Rating: 5

We love working with the birds at the Cape Fear Raptor Center. I have been in volunteer services my entire teen and adult life and have never found anything more fun and fulfilling than this. It has been great to be able to see these creatures go from hanging on by a thread to being released back into the wild. We always are excited to see what new patients are there each week when we go to assist with treatments.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My son and I discovered an owl trapped in fishing line. She was hanging from a tree with the line around her wing. She was totally exhausted. We rescued her from the tree and carried her to Cape Fear Raptor Center. These great folks repaired her wing and rehabilitated her for release. They kept us informed the whole time. When it was time for her to be released they drove her 50 miles back to my property and released her back to her home. These people are dedicated and what they do for raptors is just awesome!


Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Cape Fear Raptor Center is a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping injured birds of prey from all over Borth Carolina. Hundreds of hours each week are spent rescuing, caring for, and rehabbing birds. The efforts put in by its volunteers to save these birds and educate people about them are amazing and the center is constantly transforming to make life the best for these animals. Such a great collaboration of people who want to make a difference, and it will continue to do so and grow for years to come!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

We had an incredible experience at the Cape Fear Raptor Center! The staff was informative, professional and approachable. We learned a lot about raptors, the rescue process and how we can get involved. We will be back!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is a great nonprofit. I have learned a lot about Raptors and how important they are. The people at the nonprofit are dedicated to educating everyone about Raptors (Birds Of Prey) . They do a great job.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I,found out about The Cape Fear Raptor Center on another bird walk.I really love volunteering there.The birds are amazing and the other people so knowledgeable and caring.it is great to be a part of an organization that is trying to make things better.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Cape Fear Raptor Center does an amazing job! Not only do they rescue and rehabilitate these magnificent birds, their volunteers do a terrific teaching children and adults about them!

Volunteer

Rating: 3

I am a volunteer at Cape Fear Raptor center. I have been volunteering for I year. My 13 year old grandson is also a volunteer. I do the education programs where we go and share our birds with school groups etc. This nonprofit group is getting the information out on how important Raptors are to our ecological system. I did not know how important these birds are until I started working with them. We rescue and rehabilitate Raptors and educate the public about Birds Of Prey.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

One of the best places to be part of. The great work and love they have for all the Raptors and to educate the public takes a lot of great people.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I love this organization so much!! I started out as a visitor and after my visit just had to volunteer. it is amazing to be part of such a great place, doing such great things for our raptors. I have the privilege of volunteering there once a week, and look forward to it all week long. They excel at caring for sick and injured raptors and educating our population on the importance of raptors in our world. I am honored to be a part of the Cape Fear Raptor Center.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Cape Fear Raptor Center is an amazing organization. They put in so much effort to help injured birds of prey. I have learned so much during my time as a volunteer. Volunteering at CFRC is truly an experience of a lifetime.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

High level of professionalism and care of the raptors they receive, along with countless hours spent helping other organizations that need medical and surgical advise and/or care for non- raptorial bird species.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This organization gives everything it has to help these beautiful birds.

lisahayes

Volunteer

Rating: 5

So impressed with the care of the birds and the level of professionalism in the organization.

Michelle313

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The Cape Fear Raptor Center is an amazing non profit. They help these birds in need that many others would let parish. People do not realize the importance of raptors to our ecosystem. The CFRC does their VERY best to save these birds, while also educating the public about their importance to our environment.