On the evening of September 29th, King Estate winery hosted Cascades Raptor Center’s 2nd Annual Benefit Dinner. The benefit’s 93 guests enjoyed a 5 course meal with wine pairings, and got the opportunity to get up close and personal with a few of CRC’s resident birds of prey, like Dmitri the Eagle Owl.
This year, the focus of the event was to introduce CRC’s Flight Training Arena Project and to raise funds towards construction costs. CRC regularly receives phone calls from the public inquiring about flight shows, which, without a dedicated space, they are currently unable to provide. Regular flight opportunities would not only attract more visitors to their nature center (which already sees 15,000+ general public visitors annually) and greatly enhance the visitor experience, it would also provide irreplaceable enrichment and training benefits to the wildlife hospital’s resident education birds.
CRC’s licensed wildlife rehabilitators treat between 200 and 250 patients in the hospital annually. Many of the raptors can be rehabilitated and released back into the wild, sometimes here on our property at King Estate. See this video about a baby Barn Owl release, or this one about a rehabilitated Red Tailed Hawk. King Estate’s partnership with Cascades Raptor Center is unique because both CRC and King Estate benefit from raptor releases on the estate. The birds thrive on a certified organic estate without the danger of ingesting prey contaminated with toxic poisons used in conventional pest control, and King Estate gets an organic pest control method. Our guests get the benefit of seeing these magnificent creatures flying high above the vineyards.
The birds that for one reason or another are not fit for release back to the wild live at CRC where they are on display in large outdoor aviaries for educational viewing along winding hillside trails. CRC is located in south Eugene, and is open for visitors year-round. Check out their website for admission prices, seasonal hours, and donation information at http://eraptors.org/.