Cascades Raptor Center

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Cascades Raptor Center
Date opened 1987[1]
Location Eugene, Oregon, United States
Coordinates 43°59′15″N 123°04′47″W / 43.987438°N 123.079764°W / 43.987438; -123.079764Coordinates: 43°59′15″N 123°04′47″W / 43.987438°N 123.079764°W / 43.987438; -123.079764
Number of animals 60[2]
Number of species 33[2]

The Cascades Raptor Center is a nature center and wildlife hospital in Eugene, Oregon that specializes in raptor rehabilitation. Permanent inhabitants of the center include 60 individuals from 33 species.


Habitat Area

The Cascades Raptor Center was founded in 1987 as a 501c3 non-profit nature center and wildlife hospital, initially taking birds to schools and public events, but not allowing visitors. In early 1994 the center was moved to its current location, and it is now open to the public.[1] The center specializes in rescuing, rehabilitating, and releasing injured birds back to the wild when possible, and providing a long term habitat for them if they cannot be released into the wild because of their injuries or imprinting on humans.[2]


The center is permanent home to about 60 individuals representing 33 species of raptors. In 2009, more than 200 injured birds were treated at the center.[2] Species at the center represent most of the raptors species found in Oregon, plus a few other bird species, and include Barn Owl, Barred Owl, Burrowing Owl, Great Grey Owl, Great Horned Owl, Long-eared Owl, Northern Pygmy Owl, Northern Saw-whet Owl, Northern Spotted Owl, Short-eared Owl, Snowy Owl, Western Screech Owl, Turkey Vulture, Bald Eagle, Golden Eagle, Osprey, Cooper's Hawk, Ferruginous Hawk, Northern Goshawk, Northern Harrier, Red-shouldered Hawk, Red-tailed Hawk, Rough-legged Hawk, Swainson's Hawk, American Crow, Black-billed Magpie, Raven, American Kestrel, Merlin, Gyrfalcon, Peregrine Falcon, Prairie Falcon, and White-tailed Kite.[3]


The center provides guided educational programs of various lengths for large or small groups ("take a Walk on the Wild Side", "Reading with Raptors", and staff guided private tours) and self-guided tours at the facility, and visits by staff and birds to classrooms and other venues for presentations of various lengths ("Bring the Wild Alive" and "Reading with Raptors"). All guided programs can be tailored to the needs of the group.[4]


  1. ^ a b "Animal Shelter details for Cascades Raptor Center". Animal Retrieved 9 October 2011. 
  2. ^ a b c d Gleason, Dan (13 May 2010). "Eye to eye with raptors from Oregon’s wilds". The Register-Guard. Retrieved 9 October 2011. 
  3. ^ "Resident Raptors". Cascade Raptor Center. Retrieved 9 October 2011. 
  4. ^ "Raptor Education". Cascade Raptor Center. Retrieved 9 October 2011. 

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