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Carolina Raptor Center Inc

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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

44 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

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.

Board Member

Rating: 5

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!

1 Cinde M.

Board Member

Rating: 5

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.

Bryan23

Board Member

Rating: 5

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.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

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.

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!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

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!!

Board Member

Rating: 5

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.

1 Jeff91

Board Member

Rating: 5

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.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

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.

Chris173

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

PM S.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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!

Mabel R.

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

Martina N.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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. ♡♡♡♡♡

Donor

Rating: 5

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!

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.