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Carolina Raptor Center

6000 Sample Road

Carolina Raptor Center is dedicated to environmental stewardship and the conservation of birds of prey, through education, research, and the rehabilitation of injured and orphan raptors.

Vision Preamble
Carolina Raptor Center is focused on broadening our constituent and stakeholder base, while expanding the impact of our programs. Currently we meet our mission by educating tens of thousands of school children every year and participating in local and regional events to share environmental lessons and encourage stewardship. We advise other raptor centers, falconers, and zoos in the care and rehabilitation of raptors, and the training of raptors used in education programs and participate and present in national conferences every year. Furthermore, we collaborate in research projects conducted at universities and other raptor centers and initiate research that advances our knowledge of raptor biology and treatment, and the environmental health of our world in general.

Vision Statement
    * To promote environmental stewardship through education about our environment, the role raptors play in our ecosystem, and sustainable habitats that support animals and humans alike; and to advance our education programs in a wide geographic area using modern technological tools.
    * To build on CRC’s reputation as a leading rehabilitation center to become recognized as a center of excellence for our care of, and success at releasing, injured and orphaned raptors back into the wild and for developing state-of-the-art avian medicine techniques.
    * To leverage a growing database on raptors, and growing networks in the scientific community, into research that advances our knowledge of raptor biology, behavior and treatment, as well as the environmental health of our world in general.
    * To build on CRC’s program, fiduciary and governance practices to become broadly recognized as a center of excellence in all of our organizational operations.


visit lakenorman

Tuesday, June 26, 2018
Some of us, not knowing what a raptor is, left learning so much more about falcons, owls, vultures, buzzards, and eagles. It’s cool how big of an impact Carolina Raptor Center has; they have an international footprint, are the biggest raptor hospital in the country, and house 35 species of raptors. The volunteers are very knowledgeable. They have such an incredible mission to help wildlife. Would highly recommend for a great educational outdoor adventure.

Johanna Camaliche

Friday, July 27, 2018
I put 5 stars because is was super interesting to meet these birds in person That you would never be able to meet otherwise but the conditions that they were living in or not the best. How can you have a bird that flies north in the summer to cool off because it’s too hot, under the smoldering heat? 96% of the birds we did see had their mouth open because of the smoldering heat including the Eagles which are used to the ravaging heat! I strongly believe that you need better enclosures and more shady areas! Other than that it was very interesting and my family also donated especially because of the conditions!


Sunday, June 10, 2018
I'm so glad I was able to stop by. I liked walking through the paths in the woods and coming upon the enclosures. Plenty of hawks, falcons, owls and eagles to see from across the globe. Very cool place! The place serves a dual purpose of caring for injured birds while also being able to inform the public about them. It was sad to see a couple of birds trying to fly but couldn't because some of their wing had to be amputated.

Tamara Hock

Thursday, July 12, 2018
My cousin reccomended a visit to the Raptor Center. I am glad she did. What a beautiful place. The people here work hard to give a decent life to incredible birds. Their individual stories are sad. But they have found a safe home. The fact that some of the birds have given birth to young who could be released to the wild is a testament to the people who care for the birds.

David Childress

Monday, May 28, 2018
What a wonderful place to visit and spend the afternoon. The Raptor Center is perfect for the whole family. We've been bringing our daughter since she was a toddler and still return multiple times a year to see our favorite birds and learn new things. We really appreciate the center's mission and the ability to interact and learn with these amazing birds.

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