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Cascades Raptor Center

Through wildlife rehabilitation and public education, the Cascades Raptor Center fosters a connection between people and birds of prey.

Eugene, OR   |  https://cascadesraptorcenter.org

Mission

Through wildlife rehabilitation and public education, Cascades Raptor Center fosters a connection between people and birds of prey. CRC's goal is to help the human part of the natural community learn to value, understand, and honor the role of wildlife in preserving the natural and cultural heritage of the Pacific Northwest. Thus, our two primary goals are - Public Education designed to enhance the awareness, respect, appreciation, and care of the earth and all its inhabitants so critical for a balanced and healthy planet. Rehabilitation and release of orphaned, sick, and injured wildlife, primarily birds of prey (raptors), using the highest standards of medical treatment and care, and the best facilities possible.

Notes from the nonprofit

Other professional affiliations:
Association of Nature Center Administrators
International Association of Avian Trainers and Educators
American Alliance of Museums
Raptor Research Foundation

Ruling year info

1995

Executive Director

Julie Collins

Main address

PO Box 5386

Eugene, OR 97405 USA

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Formerly known as

Cascades Raptor Care Center & Environmental Learning Program

EIN

93-1038827

NTEE code info

Wildlife Sanctuary/Refuge (D34)

Environmental Education and Outdoor Survival Programs (C60)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Human impact on wildlife and ecosystems - through rehabilitation and release of injured, sick, or orphaned birds and through public education, we foster a connection between people and nature. Only once humans recognize our interdependence, with all wildlife (from bees to eagles), on a healthy, diverse ecosystem can we take steps to protect and enhance the habitat necessary for wildlife and humans to thrive.

People finding injured, orphaned or sick birds - and finding help for them - are more aware, compassionate, and encouraged that their caring can have a positive outcome. Caring about an injured owl locally leads them to want information on the plight of owls locally, regionally, and globally.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Nature education

CRC provides unique opportunities to observe and engage first-hand with raptors while learning about each species, threats they face, and the vital role we play in our environment. Our programs reach over 4,000 participants each year through field trips, formal and informal programming, raptor teaching resources, and educational activities for in-school and out-of-school groups and communities.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Children and youth

CRC works with over 300 orphaned, sick and injured birds (primarily birds of prey such as hawks, owls, or eagles) each year, using the highest standards of medical treatment and care possible. Our goal is to release them back to the wild: healthy and strong, ready to take their place in the wild population.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Telephone (24/7) and internet response to questions from the public, media, government or others in the field about wildlife, raptors, rehabilitation, education, and human/wildlife conflict.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Where we work

Awards

Lifetime Achievement Award 2011

National Wildlife Rehabilitators Association

Enrichment Award 2009

Travel Lane County

Behavior of the Year Award 2012

International Association of Avian Trainers and Educators

Affiliations & memberships

International Wildlife Rehabilitation Council 2015

National Wildlife Rehabilitators Association (NWRA) 2016

International Association of Avian Trainers & Educators 2019

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Number of participants engaged in programs

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Nature education

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of people served through Museums for All

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Nature education

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

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Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Through wildlife rehabilitation and public education, the Cascades Raptor Center fosters a connection between people and birds of prey. Our goal is to help the human part of the natural community learn to value, understand, and honor the role of wildlife in preserving the natural and cultural heritage of the Pacific Northwest.

To accomplish this, the Raptor Center focuses on two things:

REHABILITATION and release of orphaned, sick, and injured wildlife, primarily birds of prey (raptors), using the highest standards of medical treatment and care, and the best facilities possible.

PUBLIC EDUCATION designed to enhance the awareness, respect, appreciation, and care of the earth and all its inhabitants so critical for a balanced and healthy planet. The Raptor Center’s large collection of resident birds used in programming creates a positive, first-hand experience of wildlife through on-site visits to our Nature Center and off-site presentations and exhibits at schools and public events.

Attracting and keeping well-qualified, dedicated staff in all areas.
Recruiting, training, and engaging volunteers to help with both rehabilitation and public education.
Engaging donors throughout the year, continuing to keep them updated about the work being done at Cascades Raptor Center and the impact of their support.
Doing educational outreach to under resourced communities through unique, adaptive educational programs specific to the ecosystem the community is based in (for example, education about Osprey in the McKenzie River community).
Providing on-site educational opportunities for students, teachers and the community.
Providing unique activities that help broaden the public's understanding of birds of prey.
Continuing outreach to the community through speaking engagements with community groups.

With a staff of 13, we have built a strong base of trainers, hospital staff and administrative staff that are able to look at the goals we have and come up with ways to meet these goals. After 30 years, the founder and only executive director the center had known retired and in September 2022 a new executive director was named. Making sure to honor the history of the center, Julie Collins, Executive Director, hired a new development officer along with creating the position of Creative Engagement Designer, in an effort to build community outreach and educational opportunities.

Beginning in the summer of 2023, Cascades Raptor Center (CRC) will launch a multi-tiered public education program that will provide vital education resources and experiences to schools and community organizations in rural Lane County, where school and community resources are limited and opportunities to observe raptors are abundant. Connecting the community to the birds of prey in their unique areas is critical to the mission of CRC, and finding ways to expand services that do not require people to visit the center provides the ability to educate without creating financial barriers that may exist otherwise.

Our education and training team also expanded in 2022 with the addition of a Senior Trainer and Educator. CRC has on staff the president and vice-president of the International Association of Avian Trainers and Educators (IAATE), who bring their knowledge and expertise working in choice based training for the birds of prey who live on our property - our feathered co-workers. These best practices are being modeled worldwide and in 2024 Cascades Raptor Center will host the IAATE conference, opening up the center to over 200 avian trainers and educators.

The wildlife hospital continues to see record numbers and we have adjusted staff to be able to continue to provide high quality care to injured birds who are found in our community, with the ultimate goal of rehabilitation and release. 2022 saw 484 patients admitted to the wildlife hospital, and current numbers are trending upwards with the expectation of seeing even more patients in 2023.

Financials

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Cascades Raptor Center

Board of directors
as of 08/18/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Clara Rigmaiden

Lane County Circuit Court

Term: 2011 - 2019

Stephanie Hand

No affiliation

Clara Rigmaiden

Circuit Court Judge, Lane Co

Pam Whyte

Emge & Whyte, CPAs

David Goeres

Edward Jones

Bill Philpot

Matt Lawless

Attorney

Dan Kruse

Attorney

Bonnie Pasquarelli

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 6/7/2023

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, or other sexual orientations in the LGBTQIA+ community
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

Disability

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