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Wildlife Care Center holds open house Jan. 27

Jan. 16, 2013: From baby owls to bobcats, the Audubon Society of Portland’s Wildlife Care Center takes in more than 3,000 orphaned or injured native animals each year and works to rehabilitate them for release in the wild. The public can get an eye-opening look at this process during the care center’s free open house, Sunday, Jan. 27.

Wildlife Care Center holds open house Jan. 27

Audubon Society of Portland veterinarian Deb Sheaffer examines an injured osprey in the Wildlife Care Center. Photo by Wendy Shoemaker.

Portland Audubon’s Wildlife Care Center opens its doors to public at Jan. 27 open house
Free activities and behind-the-scenes tours of the wildlife rehab center run 12-4 p.m.

From baby owls to bobcats, the Audubon Society of Portland’s Wildlife Care Center takes in more than 3,000 orphaned or injured native animals each year and works to rehabilitate them for release in the wild. The public can get an eye-opening look at this process during the care center’s free open house, Sunday, Jan. 27, 2013.

From 12-4 p.m., open house visitors can dive into the world of wildlife rehabilitation and celebrate Oregon’s native birds with a variety of family-friendly activities:

  • Behind-the-scenes tours of the care center: Guided tours will provide a peek at what really goes on in one of the busiest wildlife rehab facilities in the United States. Guests will see the center’s hospital, food preparation area and laboratory, and may even catch a glimpse of a patient! Please schedule tours in advance by calling 503-292-0304, Monday-Friday.
  • Question-and-answer time with a wildlife veterinarian: Animal enthusiasts can try to stump Audubon’s wildlife veterinarians with questions as the vets share stories and cases.
  • Raptor education station: Hands-on activities will provide fun information about raptors and their special adaptations as birds of prey.
  • Raptor art show: Kids of all ages can draw their favorite raptors. Pictures will be bound in a “Reveling in Raptors” book for the care center lobby.
  • Meet Audubon’s resident Education Birds and learn their stories: All eight of Audubon’s non-releasable Education Birds will be out on sanctuary grounds. Experienced bird handlers will share each bird’s story and information about the species in the wild.

Open house activities will take place at the Audubon Society of Portland’s main campus at 5151 NW Cornell Road, Portland, Ore.

The Wildlife Care Center is Oregon’s oldest and busiest wildlife rehabilitation facility. Wildlife rehab began at the Audubon Society of Portland in the 1930s, when sanctuary caretakers accepted their first injured bird. Built in 1987, the current facility is equipped to perform complete veterinary and rehabilitation services, including intensive and critical care, diagnostic testing, surgery, x-rays and physical therapy. The care center admits more than 3,000 animals each year, and staff and volunteers field more than 15,000 wildlife-related calls annually.

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