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Wildlife Care Center Open House

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When: Feb 15, 2015 from 11:00 am to 05:00 pm

Once a year, Portland Audubon’s Wildlife Care Center opens its doors and welcomes interested people in to see what goes on behind the scenes in Oregon’s oldest and busiest wildlife rehabilitation center.

Great Horned Owl, eye exam - Tinsley Hunsdorfer
A Great Horned Owl receives an eye exam in the care center - Tinsley Hunsdorfer

Once a year, the Audubon Society of Portland's Wildlife Care Center opens its doors to the public and gives visitors a peek at what goes on behind the scenes in Oregon’s oldest and busiest wildlife rehabilitation facility. Meet our wildlife veterinarians, naturalists and volunteers, who will answer your questions about native wildlife and introduce you to the Wildlife Care Center.

If you would like to go on a tour of the care center, you will need to reserve a spot in advance - see below for details.

Wildlife rehabilitation began at Audubon in the 1930s when the sanctuary caretakers accepted their first injured bird. Built in 1987, the current facility is staffed by 2.5 staff members and more than 100 volunteers. It is equipped to perform complete veterinary and rehabilitation services, including intensive and critical care, diagnostic testing, surgery, X-rays, physical therapy, and conditioning to prepare for release back to the wild. The care center admits more than 3,000 animals each year.

Open House Activities

  • Behind-the-scenes tours of the Wildlife Care Center: Guided tours will give you a glimpse of what really goes on in one of the busiest wildlife rehabilitation centers in the U.S. This exclusive tour leads you through the animal intake area, food preparation room, laboratory and X-ray rooms, treatment and surgery rooms, and indoor and outdoor caging. Be sure to schedule ahead of time by calling the care center at 503-292-0304, Monday–Friday from 9 a.m.–5 p.m. Spaces fill fast so don't delay! Suggested donation of $5 per adult or $10 for a family.
  • Education birds meet-and-greet: 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.
  • Raptor education station: Learn more about raptors, or birds of prey, with a fun hands-on approach to studying raptor parts. Compare wings and feet and other special adaptations of a variety of raptors. Naturalists will be on hand to answer your raptor questions.
  • Question-and-answer time with a wildlife veterinarian: You will meet Audubon’s wildlife veterinarians and try to stump them with your questions. In turn they will attempt to stump you with case studies of actual cases seen in the care center.
  • Raptor art show: Kids of all ages can draw their favorite raptors.
  • Sanctuary scavenger hunt: Using a guide booklet, search the sanctuary for hidden treasure boxes in this nature-themed scavenger hunt.
  • Wildlife face painting: An experienced face painter will add a bit of wildlife to guests’ appearance.

Call of the Wild Online Auction

The open house also marks the kick-off of Portland Audubon’s annual Call of the Wild online auction, which benefits the Wildlife Care Center and runs Feb. 15 through March 5.

Education Birds
Wildlife Care Center Open House - Education Birds
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