Take a walk on the wild side at Carolina Raptor Center's Raptor Trail.
Catch wonder by the tail with our formal and informal education programs. Children 3 to 93 will delight the science and natural history of 38 raptor species and how they have inspired human invention.
Staff and volunteers at this hidden hospital in the woods treats over 900 injured and orphaned birds a year – more than any other US raptor center. Over 70% are released back into the wild!
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Juvenile Bald Eagle released on July 4, 2014. File photo.
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Cameras at CRC
When our eagles were showing signs of aggression, we turned to CCTV Camera World in Amherst, NY, for advice. They are the “go to” folks for AnimalCams and give zoos advice all across the US. As a result, we set up these security cameras as new EagleCams to help us monitor the behavior of our eagles.
Find out how we use cameras to monitor bird behavior.
Moving Toward Release
Our ultimate goal is to move birds every day towards release. The last step in the rehabilitation process is getting birds into a flight cage so that they can exercise every day and build up flight muscles and be successful in the wild. With owls, their ability to fly silently is what we look for in this stage of recovery. For hawks and eagles, their wings must be strong and support the aggressive hunting nature of the animal. Two new facilities have enabled the rehabilitation team at Carolina Raptor Center to both be more successful in this last stage and to easily observe that birds are doing what they need to get back into the wild.
Learn More About these Facilities
The Wendy Ella Guilford Owl Research Observatory. More info.
The Weyerhaueser Flight Training Facility. More info.
Creating Friendly Habitats for the Birds
Creating habitat that is raptor friendly is key to our mission of raptor conservation. Habitat loss is a major factor in the decline of many of these species. We’re helping our community by connecting them to resources to make their homes and their land more raptor friendly.
See how to build a raptor friendly habitat in your back yard. More info.
Build a nest box for the birds! More info.