Keep Carolina Raptor Center Healthy

Update: Thursday March 26 - Coronavirus

HUNTERSVILLE- In response to the COVID-19 public health crisis, and in support of Mecklenburg County's Stay-at-Home order, Carolina Raptor Center will temporarily halt acceptance of new raptor patients at their facility in Latta Nature Preserve.

"It's a gut-wrenching decision for our team, but one we are making for the health of our staff, volunteers, and the public. When everyone is supposed to be staying at home, we can't ask volunteers to risk exposure and break the proclamation to pick up new patients or to come help tend to the patients we currently have." explains CRC Executive Director, Jim Warren.

Carolina Raptor Center generally sees around 1,000 injured birds of prey a year, and this time of year is busy because of nestling season. They are currently treating 61 birds and hope to have many of them released back to the wild by next month. Without the help of their large force of volunteers, whose work was temporarily suspended last week, the staff of CRC is very focused on the health of current patients and resident birds to preserve the organization's limited resources, .

If you find a bird of prey who appears injured, CRC encourages the public to call their hospital at 704.875.6521 x111 to ask questions. Please visit the rescue section of their website to learn more about rescuing raptors.

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A Special Message from Jim Warren
Executive Director of Carolina Raptor Center

The old English expression, “May you live in interesting times,” is poignantly current to what we are all experiencing right now. The Board of Directors, staff, and volunteers of Carolina Raptor Center are with all of you as you keep your families, communities and livelihoods safe and healthy. At CRC, we have closed the Raptor Trail for now and canceled all programs and events until further notice. As this situation develops, we will make adjustments as necessary. 

If you are able, the coffers at Carolina Raptor Center could use a boost. We are in our slowest, but most expensive time of year as nestlings arrive for rehoming with voracious appetites — eating through our food supply. We need you now more than ever as we face a time with no admission and program revenue until the community danger is over. 
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In the mean time, we encourage you to get outside when you can. Take advantage of this unique time of social distancing to get to know nature again. Plan a garden, read a book under a tree, watch for birds and other wildlife during this time of retreat. If you're one of our many friends on social media, share images of what you see and tag us. We'd love to see your pictures and activities! Tune in on Facebook at 11 am for our live stream or video content - Avian Home Adventure. Stay tuned in the days ahead as we look for more ways to connect with you and with nature. 

Stay safe and stay connected to one another and to Carolina Raptor Center. Our community of bird nerds needs you. I look forward to seeing you all back on the Trail soon.

Jim Warren
The Big Bird


UPDATE: MARCH 16, 2020 - Coronavirus Update

Since our last update, Governor Cooper has banned all events over 100 people. Mecklenburg County has banned any events over 50 people. We have complied with these mandatory caps. School is out for the next two weeks, and the Raptor Trail is open 10 am - 5 pm. We are taking our cues from the NC Zoo in Asheboro. When they announce a closure we will likely close as well. In the mean time, we are planning some online and trail treats for all of our fans! Stay tuned for more information.

Know before you come

As of today, March 10, Carolina Raptor Center continues to monitor the rapidly evolving situation around coronavirus (COVID-19) and asks for your help in protecting the health of our campus. It appears that to date seven individuals have been diagnosed with COVID-19 in North Carolina, the majority of those in the Raleigh area.  Governor Roy Cooper has declared a state of emergency as a result, and we will be paying close attention to guidelines coming out from the state.

Out of an abundance of caution, please do not come to work, to volunteer or to visit if:

  • You are feeling unwell and have symptoms of a respiratory illness. 
  • You have traveled in the last 14 days to countries with a Level-2 or Level-3 travel warning from the CDC or have been in close contact with someone who has. 
  • You have had close contact with a person confirmed to have COVID-19.

We do not currently have plans to close the trail or cancel any events, but ask that visitors follow the above guidelines when making decisions about participating in CRC events or in scheduling a trip to the Raptor Trail. We will post these on our front door, on social media and on our website. Please share this information with volunteers under your care.

If you do come to Carolina Raptor Center, please consider the following::

  • Wash your hands frequently for at least 20 seconds with soap and water.  If those aren’t available, use hand sanitizer. CDC has detailed recommendations about handwashing.
  • Please do not move or take the hand sanitizer containers that we will place in public places. These are there for all of us. Use them, but please do not take them.
  • Avoid shaking hands. Wave or forearm bump (or just say hello).
  • Don’t share food utensils, straws or drink from the same glass.
  • Avoid frequently touching your face (we do this 23 times an hour).
  • Cover your mouth with a tissue or your elbow when you sneeze or cough. Put used tissues in the trash.
  • If you have symptoms of a cold or the flu (fever, cough, sneezing, shortness of breath) stay home, get rest, and contact your doctor.
  • Encourage others with symptoms to stay home. I know that we are all conscientious and dedicated, so your instinct is to come to work or go to that meeting – please stay home if you are sick.
  • If you have chronic or underlying health conditions, please consult your health care provider about any additional precautions you should take.
  • Consider the needs of populations with heightened health concerns (the elderly, people with underlying medical conditions, and people with limited access to resources) in your own decision-making.

Thank you for working with us to make sure that we have a healthy and thriving organizaiton.