Years ago I found a great horned owl sitting on a log next to my driveway. I felt this was not the proper thing for a big bird to be doing. I got a blanket, covered, and picked up the owl put her in a box and called the Raptor Trust. The founder,Lenny Souci, answered the phone and told me to come right down. My first encounter with the Raptor trust was very positive. Lenny was extremely attentive to the welfare of this bird. I can still see the love and compassion he shared that night.
Throughout the years, I have visited the facility and attended several of their educational lectures...Including the terrific Owl Walk.
Lenny's son is now the director. He has the passion and expertise of his dad. If I did not live so far away, I certainly would volunteer my time to help in the rehabilitation of these magnificent birds.
Raptor Trust is an amazing organization. They take in injured and orphaned birds, caring for and rehabilitating them with the goal of releasing them back into the wild. Birds that are too injured to be released back in the wild are cared for on premises. My family and I have brought many birds to Raptor Trust over the years, from baby robins that fell out of nests to sparrows with conjunctivitis, a goose with a broken wing, and everything in between, and we always are in awe of their kindness, compassion, and knowledge. My family often stop by just to walk through to see the many different types of birds on premises. (It's educational AND it's a great place to get inspiration for my haiku!) Please remember to leave a donation in the box near the front (or you can buy a tee shirt, hat, mug, etc. at the adorable gift shop -) every little bit helps!
Amazing facility cares for injured birds, rehabilitates them, and releases them when possible. Visitors can see raptors that cannot be released in the spacious cages on their grounds for free - but do support them by leaving a small donation on the box. A great place to take kids.
The Raptor Trust is an ethical charity that not only helps raptors but all birds and then releases them into the wild if that is possible or humanely euthanizes those that cannot be rehabilitated. They also have educational programs.
What I also like about their organization is that Chris Soucy and the team keep their donors updated on their work in a way that does not make one feel obligated to donate again. They are equally responsive to the birds, the public, and their donors.
In the last two years, I attended two presentations they gave in November and they were excellent. In addition, I went to them when I had a question on a bird that was visiting my balcony.
Everything about this charity is above par. It is one reason I continue to donate when I can. Eight years ago, I gave myself a goal to make a one-time donation to a different charity each year; however, I keep coming back to the Raptor Trust because they make me feel involved in their cause. I have donated to eight charities since I made that promise to myself in 2012 and the Raptor Trust has been the only one so far to voluntarily show me what they actually do and I am not one of their wealthy donors. To me that speaks volumes.
A halo of dedication surrounds every person associated with this group. Professionals who are doing something real to salvage the planet, and on a ruthlessly meagre budget. They even gave their all to try to save my worthless no-account little house sparrow.
The Raptor Trust is an exemplary charity providing a much needed and inspiring service. It has been doing its work for many years and I have always been happy to contribute.
The Raptor Trust is an exceptional organization that truly cares and does everything they can. I've been catching and bringing injured or sick birds to them for years and I highly recommend them for any bird related support.
Visited a number of times with SO and other families. Always enjoy my visit and donated regularly over last few years. Seems to be a small facility and organization that does valuable work.