Cascades Raptor Center, OR

Lorax the great horned owl | Photo by Brian Lanker

With nearly 50 birds of prey living in large outdoor aviaries, the Cascades Raptor Center holds the largest collection of native raptor species in the Pacific Northwest. Visitors can view these spectacular birds by walking along winding hillside trails.

Raptors are birds of prey that hunt with their feet; they include eagles, hawks, falcons, owls, osprey and kites. Sitting at the top of the food chain, raptors are crucial to a healthy ecosystem. The Cascades Raptor Center allows for humans to better understand these unique and beautiful birds of prey and aims to educate about the birds’ role in the natural world.

Sadly, many of the birds in the center are unable to function in the wild and have had unfortunate run-ins with humans or vehicles. The on-site rehabilitation hospital has two licensed rehabilitators and seven consulting veterinarians who decide whether or not the birds can be released back into the wild.

Located in Eugene, Oregon, the Cascades Raptor Center is open all year and seeks to provide an educational experience in order to preserve and value these birds in the Pacific Northwest. Walk through on your own or schedule a private tour to learn more about the birds.

Find more information at cascadesraptorcenter.org. Plan your visit to Eugene at eugenecascadescoast.org.

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