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Wildlife Care Center Open House

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When: Feb 14, 2016 from 11:00 am to 04:00 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

*RSVP Required: Make sure to schedule your Behind-the-scenes tour ahead of time by calling the Wildlife Care Center at 503-292-0304, Monday–Friday 9 a.m.–4 p.m. Spaces fill fast so don’t delay!

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.

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.

This family friendly event will feature:

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 US. This exclusive tour leads you through the animal intake area, food preparation room, laboratory and xray rooms, treatment and surgery rooms, and indoor and outdoor caging.

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
Be enraptured by raptors! You will be able to learn more about these 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 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.

The Open House is free to the public with a suggested donation of $5/person or $10/family for behind-the scenes tours of the Wildlife Care Center.

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. 14 through March 7.

Wildlife Care Center Open House
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