Call our hotline 8am – 8pm
at 541-485-1320, ext. 1
To report an injured raptor outside of Oregon, please call us at the number above. We can often refer you to licensed rehabilitators in your area.
Other contact numbers:
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Why do these raptors need our help?
The vast majority have been the losers in some confrontation with humans or our way of life: these birds are in collisions with vehicles; hit windows or come down chimneys; hit power lines; tangle in fishing line, or barbed wire, electric, or other fencing; are poisoned by rodenticides or pesticides; are shot; are caught in leg hold traps; babies have their nest sites destroyed through construction, landscaping, or logging; for lack of natural habitat, their parents have chosen dangerous nest sites; or young birds are simply picked up when they shouldn’t be.
The Louise Shimmel Wildlife Hospital
Cascades Raptor Center provides high-quality medical treatment and rehabilitation to over 300 sick, injured, and orphaned raptors each year. We receive birds from many sources – members of the public, veterinarians, state and local police, government agencies, and other wildlife rehabilitators. We have a responsibility, both to the birds and the people who bring them in, to provide the best care possible.
What does a rehabilitator do?
We are paramedics – stopping bleeding, treating for shock, providing emergency fluids, doing physical exams, immobilizing fractures, administering antibiotics.
We are laboratory technicians – drawing and analyzing blood for anemia, parasites, and signs of disease or starvation; analyzing fecal samples for parasites, bacteria, and blood; x-raying for fractures or other problems. Our staff veterinarian works with several generous off-site veterinarians who donate their services for surgery and consulting.
We are nurses – changing bandages and bedding, cleaning wounds, giving shots, administering medications.
We are dietitians – calculating the calories necessary for growth and healing, presenting the food in a way most conducive to self-feeding, making sure our patients are eating.
We are farmers – raising the live mice used for teaching birds to hunt.
We are custodians – hosing down carriers, washing dishes, disinfecting incubators, laundering bedding, cleaning constantly!
We are physical therapists – providing range of motion exercises to help loosen stiff joints and strengthen weakened muscles.
We are naturalists – utilizing our knowledge of a species’s habitat, diet, and behavior in creating personalized treatment regimens for each bird.
And, finally, for each patient, we have to be the judges for a very difficult decision: Can this bird be released? Our first priority is always the welfare of the animal, and we must be confident that any bird we release is able to thrive in the wild – to fly, catch food, find and defend a territory, attract a mate, reproduce, and migrate as appropriate to its species.
Our rehabilitation work is done under permits from both the Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife and the US Fish & Wildlife Service. Cascades Raptor Center has two licensed rehabilitators, with combined experience of over 45 years in the field; we have also 7 consulting veterinarians including board-certified avian, surgery, and ophthalmology specialists.
When a raptor is ready, their release is a beautiful moment to behold!
During our 25th anniversary and annual benefit dinner at King Estate Winery, two Northern Harriers were released. The birds originally came to us as orphaned nestlings.
slow motion video by Tim Fox, Country 93 radio