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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Animals, Arts & Culture, Bird Sanctuaries, Environment, Environmental Education, Natural History & Natural Science Museums, Wildlife Sanctuaries

Mission: Through wildlife rehabilitation and public education, cascades raptor center fosters a connection between people and birds of prey. Our goal is to help the human part of the natural community learn to value, understand, and honor the role of wildlife in preserving the natural and cultural heritage of the pacific northwest.

Target demographics: educate the public and rehabilitate injured birds of prey

Geographic areas served: the Pacific Northwest, particularly Eugene, OR

Programs: Public nature education and the rescue,rehabilitation, and release of wildlife are the two primary means by which the mission of cascades raptor center is accomplished. With nearly 50 birds of over 30 native species on display,our nature center has an unparalleled ability to engage visitors of all ages through public education and to enhance appreciation, respect and stewardship of wildlife and the habitats on which it depends. Our 24-hour hotline is also instrumental in assisting the public with wildlife situations and thus helps prevent all kinds of wildlife from being injured, orphaned or needing care. Rehabilitation and release of orphaned, sick and injured birds, primarily birds of prey,using the highest standards of medical treatment and care, and the best facilities possible has allowed us to care for thousands of birds and give each finder the sense that their intervention was appropriate.

Community Stories

21 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Cascades Raptor Center is a great place to visit, for people of all ages. Besides the wonderful rehabilitation work they do, the staff and volunteers are welcoming and knowledgeable. The avian ambassadors are magnificent and each has a unique history. Every visit is fun and informative and a learning experience about the connection between people and nature. CRC is a destination that I always love to return to!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Cascades Raptor Center has taken nonprofit to a higher level. Louise started this thirty years ago in her backyard, what grew from there is what you see today. Louise has gotten the best of the best to deal with the demand this nonprofit has been asked to deal with. They depend on voluteers, have had no problem getting, especially the youth, college age who want more out of life than just an eight to five job. It is a two way street, they learn from the staff, they work with the raptors, they soon find that it is more rewarding, than the routine job. The raptors teach also, animals have that talent and you don't know they are teaching you. Cascades Raptor Centers shows appreciation to the volunteers, they reward them like no other company would. When you attract 120,000+ a year, when you have movie stars come, your in a small town, hidden on a hill and people come, what more could you say, it speaks for itself. The community has gotten involved, people of all economic levels have given. It has never been about Louise, it has always been about the Raptors. This place is not there to make someone look good, it is about the Raptors. You only have five stars, you need more, for Cascades Raptor Center is that Great, not Good, Great.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I first moved to the Eugene area about 2 years ago. I was instantly drawn to the Raptor Center not only becaue of the magnificent birds they care for, but because of the passion of the people that volunteer and work there.
It’s truly a place that connects the entire community together in some way. And the work they do is absolutely extraordinary.

Mark N.2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Walking through the Cascades Raptor Center you understand the Love and experience the safety all the Children of the Woods feel. The spirit's of these Winged Ones fly freely.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

We live in Texas and were visiting our daughter who was a student athlete at U of O. My degree is in Wildlife Biology and I have always had a great interest in raptors. So of course we had to start visiting at Cascades as soon as I read about it! We had the best experiences every time we visited. We have adopted several birds over the years and it was so fun to get to "meet" them when we were there. My daughter has graduated and moved on so we don't get to visit much anymore but we still donate to the Center's work. Their work is so important to educate the public about the beauty and value of raptors--and they do a great job!

Donor

Rating: 5

I visited Oregon this past June. My niece is a volunteer at the center. She’s always told wonderful things about it so I went on a tour.
The facility is very well maintained, the staff is very caring and meticulous when it comes to theses gorgeous creatures.
I fell in love with Valentino so I sponsored her this year.
I’ll do another next year as well.
I encourage you to help as well.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteered at the Cascades Raptor Center for a year and a half, and was able to witness not only the magic of a visitor seeing a raptor up close for the first time, but also the enthusiasm, unyielding work ethic, and passion behind the scenes from the staff and other dedicated volunteers. The CRC is an incredible place to visit, with a worthy mission and the highest standards of animal care, training, rehabilitation, and release.

Donor

Rating: 5

Beyond their commitment to the disadvantaged raptors, they are just great people! They use the money they get wisely, and are a continuing educational resource and inspiration to the surrounding communities! I am glad to be one of their patrons!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Every time I help with a wild bird that is being rehabilitated I think "thank goodness this place is here, or what would have happened to this bird?" Every bird, including the residents who could not be released, are given the best care. The staff are extremely knowledgeable and take the time to answer any question. From my experience everyone appreciates each other and are enthusiastic for the common goal - helping birds. The rewards are simple but wonderful; knowing that you helped save or care for an animal that needed some help.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The first time I went to Cascades Raptor Center I couldnt believe how majestic the birds were, and I got to see them up close! I have always been rather afraid of birds, but fell in love right then and there. I wanted more, so I signed up to volunteer. Boy have I learned a lot in 9 months! The facility is well run with lots of volunteer help like mine, and a small staff who can fix up a bird in their sleep. I especially love the hospital, where I am learning to repair broken wings, give fluids and food to birds that are injured, and watch magnificent birds heal and be released back into the wild.
I took a class on wildlife rehabilitation, where we learned to give medication and all about disease. It was an intensive 2 day class that was hard and wonderful at the same time.
I love being part of a team, even when it involves dirty work like cleaning up the mice and chick barn, shoveling gravel in the cages, and cleaning, cleaning, cleaning up after our birds.
Raptors are beautiful creatures, and I am learning more every day here at Cascades. I get dirty, I get mad, I get poo on my shoes. But it is an experience I love. And the birds who get set free make it all worth it.

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Volunteer

Rating: 4

Volunteering at the Cascades Raptor Center since December of last year has been such an incredible experience for me. I was drawn to wildlife rehabilitation work, not really birds in particular, but I checked out their website and made the contact. Being an organization run by only three staff people and the rest volunteer, it's astounding how much is done by volunteers.
It is well-organized and the staff is always open to suggestions and new ideas.
I'm a certified bird geek now! The enthusiasm and dedication of the staff is contagious. They are open to questions, so that there is always an opportunity to learn new things on each shift.
The team effort of the volunteers downright blows me away. they have an amazing group of people volunteering there.
My main suggestion, if there was a way to do it, would be to offer a training as opposed to having volunteers train other volunteers. I feel that the training is variable depending on who trains you. Sometimes I am frustrated with things that aren't done as well as they could be. I feel that it could help if every volunteer was working from the same baseline of training.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

If there was ever a place where you can go to be with great friendly people and with folks who know their birds, it's the CRC in Eugene, OR. Not only do they take the time to explain things to you, they genuienly care about everyone there. They accept people as they are and work with them and their strengths. They take a proactive approach to working together and are willing to help you understand how things work in "birdland." Being new to birds, I want to learn and the staff takes the time to help you without judging you. Specifically, they are there to help you help the birds by showing you how to care for them and how you can make a difference. They work with you and are willing to give you the time you need to learn. In a word they are "Awesome!"

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Great place to learn about raptors and to work in a friendly environment..

Morgan M.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Cascade Raptor center is an earth friendly environment for our resident birds, and our visitors. I first came to the Raptor center looking for a fun and educational experience and I received much more than that. I met friendly people, birds, and I had an adventure. If I could re choose where I volunteer, well I wouldn't. From personal experience I know that the Cascade Raptor Center(CRC) recycles everything that we are able to recycle, we compost, and the center, in general, is outside. What I mean by this is that the birds feel the sunshine, the rain, and the snow. Our whole mission is to save and help birds that need our assistance. I believe CRC would be a great candidate for the Green Choice.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I started volunteering at the Raptor Center this year, and have been having a blast! The birds are incredible, the setting is beautiful, and the staff is passionate and committed. I only wish I had found out about this place sooner!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was running late, but still had to stop to get Zach her treat. She had grown accustomed to them and started screaming as soon as she saw me get out of the car. She was the queen and I was her faithful servant-that much we had established. As I approached she began saying "Thank you" over and over, as was her custom. You see, Zach was a female Raven who has captured my heart. Sadly, she died suddenly in January from unknown causes. When I saw her last she was in an incubator. I had brought her a boiled egg-one of her favorites. To appease me, she pecked at it a little, but it was clear she had no appetite. I preeened her feathers and as I started to leave I told her to get better. She held my gaze as only a Raven can and I knew this was the last time I would see her. She died two days later. I love to volunteer at CRC because this type of relationship with the birds is understood and encouraged. As a natural consequence the birds receive excellent care because the voluteers have developed bonds with them and are highly motivated to provide the best care possible.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I came, I saw--and the birds conquered my heart! They are incredibly beautiful and, I think, very wise creatures. It's a great privilege to be so close to them, and I can see the love and trust between the birds and their handlers. I once watched a vulture perch on a handler's shoulder to eat its dinner (a vole or something similar). I couldn't believe how daintily it ate! The Center is a marvelous educational venue, and I only hope it will be able to expand both its enclosure and its outreach. It deserves all the financial resources it can get!

5

Donor

Rating: 5

My husband and I are avid supporters of Cascades Raptor Center since we visted them 3 years ago and saw the wonderful work that they do. We have returned to visit every year and send donations throughout the year. The staff at CRC is always so knowledgeable and willing to share. We have felt very special when they have brought raptors for us to see outside the cages. We have a duty to help the raptors that have been harmed and CRC is stepping up to provide that help. It is one charity that we enjoy giving to often! Sincerely, Stacie & Ignacio

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Cascades Raptor Center volunteers are at every event in town. It is thrilling to watch their educational programs and to watch the faces of the audience, especially the children. As volunteers provide information about the behavior, ecology and conservation needs of the raptors, the bird ambassadors mesmerize the audience. The volunteers are tireless in providing these programs, and their passion for and commitment to preserving these birds shines through. When they release rehabilitated birds, we get to watch. The media are also invited, and people of the community get to participate emotionally in the joy of seeing these beautiful creatures, that would have died otherwise, lift off into the sky. I cry each time I see this and that feeling bonds me to the birds and their future. It commits me to doing everything I can to keep the environment safe for wild creature survival. If one multiplies that feeling community-wide, the Cascades Raptor Center is doing an amazing job to help not only the birds but the environment overall. There is one last part to my experience with them. I thought that I would have time to volunteer in 2006 and was given the initial orientation for volunteers. It is there that I learned about the amazing amount of work it takes to rehabilitate raptors. Everything from raising and keeping a mouse colony in order to provide live food for the raptors to repairing or building cages is done daily, week after week, in order to rehabilitate the birds. I was unable to find the time to volunteer, but my heart is with the amazing people who volunteer at least one day a week, year after year.

7

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is the most amazing group of extremely dedicated people doing their utmost to both aid the raptors they care for in their rehabilitation, but also in their dual role as educators of the public. They bring birds to public events, a time-consuming effort, in order that people might see these fascinating birds up close, to awaken the urge to care for them to better protect the birds themselves and their habitats for future generations. I used to be able to physically provide time, but running my own business has prevented that recently, so I dedicate time to poignancy art work and creating images for their outreach efforts. This is the single organization that I've donated funds and time to in the past 4-5 years due to the outstanding, dedicated efforts of both staff and volunteers. Not only is their care of the birds they help outstanding, but their efforts to include members and reach out to the community is exemplary as well.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Staff and volunteers are passionately committted to the care and rehabiliation of raptors that have been damaged and unable to return to their habitat without the intervention of experts who can evaluate their chances of survival on their own. The Raptor Center provides rehabilitatation and care for the duration of their stay. If a raprot must remain at the Center, they are expertly cared for and used for education projects to enable the public to become familiar with this species. The center is successful in inspiring a devoted cadre of volunteers who assist with care and raise funds to sustain the Center and its mission. The Center does a superb job in all these undertakings and should be helped and encouraged to continue their efforts on behalf of our precious wildlife.