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Terry

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Review for Cascades Raptor Center, Eugene, OR, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

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.

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

CRC's positive relationship with the community.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

None come to mind.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Quite well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

What one change could this group make that would improve your volunteer experience?

Some of the equipment is fairly shabby-but this is probably a function of limited funds.

Did your volunteer experience have an effect on you? (teaching you a new skill, or introducing new friends, etc.)

I have developed relationships with several of the birds I care for. I am an artist and am constantly amazed at their beauty. My relationship with Zach was very special. I earned her trust over time, which is no small feat with Ravens. Several books point out how special Raven/Human relationships can be. She was very smart and when you looked into her eyes there was no doubt an intelligent creature was definately home!

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

Like I am doing needed, if unglamerous, work to help these magnificent creatures.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

Role:  Volunteer & Clean cages and prepare food for the birds.