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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

20 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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!

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. ♡♡♡♡♡

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Great place to spend day learning how raptors are important to our world.

Steven42

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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!!!

Mitch H.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

Tina16

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Excellent facilities, knowledgeable and friendly staff..beautiful birds and a family friendly place to visit.

1 Paula11

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Organization helps to promote understanding of eagles and their habits by providing an online webcam on their captive eagles.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

Andrea25

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

Sherry8

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

CRC does something amazing in our area. They help any and all winged creatures. Their goal is to rehabilitate these magnificent creatures and release them back into the skies. If, due to injuries they are unable to do so, they provide them with a wonderful place for them to live out the rest of their lives, free from other predators. I have heard of no other facility in our area that does this. These wonderful people who staff CRC don't mind what time of the day or night - if they are needed - they are available to do an intake and start immediately accessing these beautiful creatures to try and save them.

Karen52

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Carolina Raptor Center Inc gives shelter and medical care for raptors from all over especially the Southeastern part of the US. They also have shows for the public to help them learn about raptors and how important they are to our ecology. I was especially impressed with the large, clean aviaries for the birds who are in their care. All the birds I saw there seemed to be comfortable and in good health. Having seen birds in distress before on several occasions in the wild and in other wildlife centers, I must say these birds all seemed very happy and contented.

Serinne C.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Carolina Raptor Center is not only a rescue centre for animals it is an education site and very informative on facebook, I love to follow their stories of creatures they have rescued and are caring for and getting them back into the wild, I live in the UK and we don't have some of the animals you have, Bald Eagles being one, I just love how they keep you updated

Debbie24

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Carolina Raptor Center rehabilitates and saves the lives of raptors every day. Their facility is beautiful and I love that you can see the raptors up close and learn their stories. This is my favorite time of year because the Eagle Cam with WCNC is posted and viewers can watch the entire process from building the nest to release of the new eagle to the wild.

Craig D.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This is a wonderful bird sanctuary in Huntersville, NC. They rescue all types of birds. The information you learn from visiting them or seeing them at special events. Every winter News Channel 36 has the eagle cam on their site to see if any eaglets are hatched. Everyone should go and support them.