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Cascades Raptor Center will be temporarily closing to visitors starting Friday, March 20th. Although we would love to remain open and available for those who would like to come visit the raptors, our commitment to the health and safety of our guests, volunteers, staff, and birds is our highest priority.

The decision to close was made to help support community efforts to prevent further spread of the Coronavirus/COVID-19. Animal care staff and volunteers will continue to care for the resident and hospital birds, as usual, but administrative staff will be working from home.

Raptor Emergency Line:
Though the nature center will be closed, our wildlife hospital will remain open for raptor emergencies. If you find an injured raptor, stay with it and call our Raptor Emergency Hotline. 541-485-1320 ext.1.

COVID-19 Impacts 

The COVID-19 situation continues to evolve in the human sphere and we empathize with its impact on you. However, outside the human sphere, the natural world continues. Baby owls will begin to arrive any day now, then falcons, then hawks and osprey … and injured raptors of all ages will keep coming into our newly expanded Wildlife Hospital. They do not have insurance!

Earned income from programs and the Nature Center averages 40% of our overall revenue each year. The loss of this income will have a severe impact on our operating funds – jeopardizing our ability to provide the highest level care for our resident and hospital birds. Won’t you please help by donating today so that we can meet the needs of the birds in our care? The Raptor Center relies on people like you!
The Virtual World
In the coming days and weeks we’ll be endeavoring to find ways to continue connecting the community to the birds in our care. Follow us on Facebook and Instagram for the most up-to-date content, and visit our website for information on raptors and for our virtual store.

We expect to be closed at least through the end of March, and will be reassessing this on a regular basis and following recommendations from federal state and local health authorities. Check back regularly for more information, and thank you for your continued support in these difficult times – we sincerely appreciate every one of you, because you make what we do for the raptors possible.

The Natural World Alternatives
Raptors are present all around us, even in the middle of the city. We urge you to go outside (while maintaining social distancing) and find local examples of our resident birds native to Oregon. Look to each of their pages for hints on the types of habitats where they might occur. Take advantage of some of Eugene’s beautiful outdoor spaces such as the Pisgah Arboretum, the Ridgeline trail and more. Spending time in nature has many benefits for you – especially now. We hope you find peace and meaningful connection along the way.
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