Quest For Conservation

Quest Conservation Cover

Volunteer Sue Thomsen assists Staff Veterinarian Dave Scott with a physical therapy procedure while a vet student looks on. Photo by Michele Miller Houck.

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Caring for injured and orphaned raptors is a critical part of Carolina Raptor Center’s mission. A new Raptor Medical Center and associated endowment will mean more birds will receive care. – Dave Scott, DVM

The Case for Conservation

The presence of raptors in the wild serves as a barometer of ecological health. Pesticides, habitat loss and human interference in the Carolinas has made a dramatic impact on these top predators. They play a critical ecological role by controlling populations of rodents and other small mammals.

Under the direction of Staff Veterinarian Dave Scott, more than 900 injured and orphaned raptors are brought to Carolina Raptor Center’s hospital annually. This represents an increased patient load of 34% since 2008. Approximately 75% of the raptors that live longer than 24 hours are rehabilitated and released into the wild. This important work requires a larger medical center to accommodate the increased need.

A new Raptor Medical Center is an important aim of Our Quest, furthering Carolina Raptor Center’s commitment to the conservation of birds of prey through formal and informal STEM education, research, and the rehabilitation of injured and orphaned raptors. In addition, Carolina Raptor Center is committed to raising a $1 million endowment to undergird conservation efforts.

Medical Center features will include:

  • Increased capacity for the care and treatment of injured raptors
  • State-of-the-art surgical suite
  • Learning labs for interns and visiting students
  • Expanded room for document and equipment storage
  • Medical staff offices and meeting rooms
  • Web-enabled HD cameras for observing the improvement of injured birds