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Cascades Raptor Center, Eugene

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Cascades Raptor Center has two main community services:

Public Education designed to enhance the awareness, respect, appreciation, and care of the earth and all its inhabitants so critical for a balanced and healthy planet. CRC uses live, non-releasable birds, along with visual media and written material, to create a positive, first-hand experience of wildlife through on-site visits to the Nature Center and off-site presentations and exhibits at schools and public events.

Rehabilitation and release of orphaned, sick, and injured wildlife, primarily birds of prey (raptors), using the highest standards of medical treatment and care, and the best facilities possible.
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  • They have a recovery and release program and it also serves as a permanent home to those that will never be able to survive on there own.  more »
  • This non profit adopts injured birds, amends them an released them back into the wild when possible. On top of FoxHollow Rd, the Center is in the open woods...not much shelter in a rainy day. We have ...  more »
  • The Cascades Raptor Center was a fun afternoon stop. There are some amazing birds to view and the information about how the birds got to the Center were interesting. Definitely worth a couple of hours...  more »
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  • We wanted to see some birds in cages. That's what we got. They have a large variety of Hawks, Owls, & Eagles. Since this is a rescue type operation most birds on display were permanently injured in some way and would not be returning to the wild. It didn't stop us from enjoying these majestic birds. There's about 30 birds of varying types. We liked the Red Tailed Hawks the best (such personality). The parking lot is small, gravel/dirt and on a steep hill.We came on a rainy day and were able to make it up in our minivan. They had umbrellas for us to use. It's about an hour of viewing (don't let your kids rush through or you'll be done in 10).
  • Up close encounters, great education experience, nice and knowledgeable staff. They do important work to help these animals and deserve every bit of support they get.
  • The owls, raptors and vultures were all really cool to look at. Each one has a story and personality. The center is supported fully through donations and admission prices, and the student price is a reasonable $7. It was a great way to spend about an hour.
  • As a former volunteer, I must warn anyone who is thinking of joining the CRC group. Now, before I go any further I must state that not all volunteers and staff were disrespectful towards me, however, many were. If you are not politically in-tune with the staff and volunteers, you will be rejected. The volunteer coordinator Carrie treated me with such disrespect I never felt welcome and the head handler Kit never gave me the time of day. If you choose to be a volunteer be sure not to speak your mind unless you want to be pushed to the side without any appreciation for the time that you offer. I’m not saying this will be the experience that everyone has, however, it was mine and I have every right to tell my side of the story. I was told through e-mail (yes, e-mail) that my behavior was not in flux with the CRC “culture” and I must leave my post. That’s right, they didn’t even have the courage to look me in the face when they dumped all over the time and hard work I put in. No matter what the situation, there is no excuse for e-mailing a volunteer asking them to resign, stating that other volunteers have issues and not even allowing them to give their side of the story. I didn’t even get a thank you for the year I spent mopping their damn floors. The truth is, although not all, some of the volunteers who train the newcomers are not capable of getting the job done. If you are trained by more than one volunteer expect to be given different directions on how to do your job properly and then be criticized by other volunteers or staff about not doing the job “their way.” If you suffer from mental and physical complications, including anxiety, you will be labeled as incompetent and if you disagree with Carrie on her political views she will scold you like a child. These were just some of the unfortunate experiences I faced working at The CRC.
  • My two year old daughter LOVES the birds! It's especially fun when a volunteer takes one of the raptors out for training. The people are always very knowledgeable, friendly, and helpful. We have many owl decorations in my daughters room because CRC helped make "owl" one of her first words!

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