Raptor Education


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. 

 OUTREACH PROGRAMS: Bringing birds to your location

Invite one or more of Cascades Raptor Center’s avian ambassadors and their handler to your location to learn about raptors and their vital role in our world.

Outreach programs at the Cascades Raptor Center, Eugene, OR.



From pre-school to senior citizens, your group can schedule a private program to learn more about raptors and the amazing ways they make a living. Meet one or more of Cascades Raptor Center avian ambassadors and tour our beautiful wooded site where resident birds are on exhibit.

Field Trips to the Cascades Raptor Center, Eugene, OR.