Incredible !!!!! I hawk came walking in my yard this morning with a broken wing. I called the Carolina Raptor Center to ask if there was something I could do. The man the answer the phone was very friendly and with 8 minutes a volunteer show it up at my door and drove the hawk to the hospital in Huntersville, NC. My respect do the this great organization and support volunteers. The world need more organizations like the Carolina Raptor Center.
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.
As you drive through Latta you may not notice the Carolina Raptor Center nestled quietly in the trees. I didn't for years... It wasn't until I visited the center with my child's volunteer opportunity through his school did I understand the great work CRC does with rehabilitation and release of raptors, as well as educating our community. I was hooked. The staff and volunteers are so knowledgeable and helpful. The raptor trail is a beautiful walk as well as a chance to visit some of the resident birds. Since that time I've become a supporter and a board member. I'm proud to support and represent such an outstanding organization!
My children first introduced me to the Carolina Raptor Center when their school field trip landed us all at the beautiful facility. I became a volunteer through the community involvement group of my employer, who is also a corporate sponsor. I currently sit on the Board of Directors. The Carolina Raptor Center is one of the most engaging organizations in the Charlotte area. The CRC is multipurpose center with STEM education programs, cutting edge surgical techniques, treatment protocols and research in avian veterinary medicine, along with peer recognized raptor rehabilitation and release programs. As well as environmental conservation and enrichment programs, summer camps and of course the Raptor Trail. This is a gem of an organization with passionate professionals, volunteers and staff that work diligently to bring their mission to life through engaging community programs and a love for the birds.
Fortunate and proud are two words to describe my feelings over the past 6 years as a Board Member at CRC. I was blessed to get the opportunity to dedicate time and assets to further the amazing work that CRC staff and volunteers have been managing for well over 25 years. The wonderful friends I met through my time involved exceeded my premonitions of board involvement. My family enjoyed every visit to the center and miss it dearly since our move out of state. The company I work for continues to be lucky enough to fulfill needs for the center and is thankful that we can be a part of the education of youth, environmental stewardship and the rehabilitation of birds of prey.
I have been supporting Carolina Raptor Center for over 20 years. Most of that time we have been minor donors and transport volunteers. In the last few years I have increased my knowledge of them and the world class hospital where they put about 68% of the birds back into the wild. The exhibits are great and they have some exciting plans for expansion in the future. I am now a volunteer, board member and major donor. The donations that I make are because they are such good stewards of my donated money. They are worth going to see and experience.
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!
I choose to donate my time and resources to the Carolina Raptor Center because i truly believe in their mission. This is an extremely efficient organization that educates the public, provides for the rehabilitation and subsequent release of raptors and allows for a safe place for those raptors that are unable to be released. I have been involved with many nonprofits over the years but the Carolina Raptor Center is the one that has been embraced by my entire family as one to give their time to in a very real way. The staff and volunteers who work there on a daily basis are to be commended for all their efforts!!
This a great organization that not only impacts the environament but truely the community it serves. Between the raptor hospital, teaching opportunities and the outdoor trail - there is something for everyone.
The Carolina Raptor Center is a phenomenal organization full of staff and volunteers who are truly dedicated to the conservation of birds of prey. In all of my interactions with the volunteers and staff, I have been impressed by the knowledge and personal passion on display. These people really love the birds and working for them.
The Carolina Raptor Center is a unique spot to get outdoors with your family. Spend time getting to know the birds and walking in the Carolina sunshine. Watch the amazement of your family as an owl's flight sends wind through their hair. Get invested in the rehabilitation of the birds of prey. You can even "adopt" one and keep track of its healing process. Be an eagle keeper for a day or become a volunteer. The opportunities for wonder are limitless.
I first visited the CRC a few years back thanks to my friends introducing me to the center. It's a great place to see raptor recovery and also be educated on protecting our local feathered friends. The staff is friendly and it's a great place to bring your friends and family to. I'd also highly recommend attending one of their PHOTOwild events. It gives you the opportunity to get a closer look at the center's raptors and allows you to take some unique shots as an amateur or professional photographer.
I've loved birds of prey for a long long time, finally got to visit CRC & learned so much about these wonderful birds. The way they care for these animals is amazing, got to see the Bald Eagles & the amazing recovery stories about these beautiful birds. Very educational, the staff is wonderful & very friendly they took the time to explain things & would tell you all about the residents living there.
I spent two days at s GoWild! Event. The work they do is amazing. The education they give to the public on tours and their overall knowledge is amazing. I would recommend a visit to anyone!
The staff is so excellent. They are passionate about what they do you cant help but be moved by any that you talk to. One of most interesting places in charlotte.
The CRC is an amazing place! Their raptors and corvids are extremely fun and interesting to see and what they do to rehab them and release them into the wild again is hard to find. It's a great place to visit, and the nature preserve it's on too is beautiful.
Carolina Raptor Center is one of my family's favorite weekend outings. With a son who is a huge Harry Potter fan getting to see the raptors up close and personal is a great experience. We have learned so much about the raptors and how we as citizens of the world can contribute to the welfare of the Birds.
Having spent several weeks of summer camp at the Raptor Center over the years my son is hoping to do something there for his Eagle Project to give something back to the organization that has given us so much. Having been fortunate enough to have witnessed several releases of rehabbed birds I can tell you that you will never feel the level of patriotism that you feel when you see an Eagle, that was injured and never would have been able to survive without help, take off and fly away. Truly majestic.
This is a favorite place for my Family, and I to visit! We go every time we get the chance. It's a great place to learn about Raptors, and their importance, as well as being able to enjoy the outdoors, and see some up close, that you may have never had the chance to see. ♡♡♡♡♡
My wife and I visited the Carolina Raptor Center for the first time this year and were amazed. We learned so much about the different birds and enjoyed hearing about each bird's rehabilitation. The shows were very informative too. We WILL be back!
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
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.
A great place to take the kids to explore the outdoors along with learning something about science and nature. The must see is the American Bald Eagle, that one exhibit alone is worth the time and cost of the Raptor Center. The buzzards were cool too!
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.
I visited The Carolina Raptor Center yesterday for the first time! What an awesome place!!! I love the work they do to help the fantastic raptors!!! Thank you for all you do!!!
I rescued a Red Tailed Hawk from the breakdown lane of I485 in Charlotte and called this wonderful organization. Within 20 minutes they had met me and taken this beautiful raptor to treat and nurse back to health. When I called the next day they gave me an update and a number to track her progress. I am happy to say that thanks to the staff and volunteers at CRC, and their amazing work she is now on her way back to health. The CRC is GREAT
Our family visits the Raptor Center a few times a year. Every visit we learn something new. CRC also works with groups such as Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, church groups for service projects. They visit local schools and give all the children in the region a chance to see the birds up close and to learn more about them and basic environmental concerns that threaten the birds and how they can help. It's an amazing place with an incredible staff. We also spend alot of time hiking and fishing in the park where the CRC resides. We love it there and have spotted many osprey fishing on Mountain Island lake. Go to the Raptor Center--there is a very patriotic feeling that comes over you when you get to the Eagle enclosure. You can't help but to be in awe in front of such majestic birds.
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.
Excellent facilities, knowledgeable and friendly staff..beautiful birds and a family friendly place to visit.
Not only does Carolina Raptor Center provide a forest of beautiful birds of prey to see, it also provides exciting and informative educational programs for bird lovers of all ages. For those who are especially interested in their ultimate behind-the-scenes mission of rehabilitating injured birds for return to the wild, there are additional tours of the rehabilitation center, a photo blog of the feathery rehab patients, and myriad opportunities to volunteer. Becoming a member of the Carolina Raptor Center offers free admission to the center for a year, discounts in the gift shop and more, all while helping the Center prove to its grant-funding organizations how many people heartily support its mission.
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.
Organization helps to promote understanding of eagles and their habits by providing an online webcam on their captive eagles.
Visited CRC in may. Great place to see raptors of all kinds. Well run and just a great place to visit. Great programs for the kids also.
I love raptors, and they have done a fantastic job of rehabilitating birds in the region. The facility is a lot of fun to tour because you see so many birds.
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.
What a fantastic charity! The work they do with raptors is phenomenal and the staff is top-notch. Their facility is well-maintained. The animals are obviously well cared-for. If you have an interest in the Raptor Center's daily treatment and rehabilitation efforts it's all available via the RaptorMed online journal. Highly recommended!