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Review for Cascades Raptor Center, Eugene, OR, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

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.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

feeling the joy of seeing a rehabilitated bird return to the wild and seeing all of the work by staff and volunteers that was needed to make that happen.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

dedicated, informative, well-trained, welcoming and deeply committed to the survival of the raptors.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

hire more staff to help share the load and rebuild and enlarge the cages.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?


Role:  General Member of the Public & I attended their educational programs and spent one day in an orientation for volunteers.