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 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.