What is a Raptor? - Raptor is another word for bird of prey: eagles, hawks, falcons, owls, osprey and kites. These hunting birds have keen eyesight, strong feet with sharp talons for grasping and killing prey, and curved beaks for ripping up their food. Raptors are not the only predators of the bird world, but they are the only ones that hunt with their feet!
Why a Raptor Center? - As predators, raptors play an important role in maintaining the delicate balance of nature. At the top of their food web, they provide a critical early warning system for environmental contaminants or population declines anywhere within that web. Misunderstood and persecuted, raptors are protected by state, federal, and international laws. The Cascades Raptor Center was founded to meet the unique needs of these birds and to help humans better understand and appreciate them and their role in the natural order.