Meet Bodhi. Bodhi is a barred owl. He was blown from his nest in a Texas storm and broke his right wing. For now he is a resident of the Cascades Raptor Center in Eugene, OR. Ruth & I learned about this little-known-outside-of -Eugene raptor center last year. On our way to California on our first post-pandemic adventure, we stopped to see it and really liked it despite a few negatives. Seeing Bodhi was not one of them.
For more than 25 years this unassuming raptor center with no major affiliation to other centers of its type has rehabilitated a couple of thousand wounded birds. The Cascades Raptor Center is one of the Northwest’s largest collection of native raptors. Its current collection, which we saw in many spread-out cages in basically 2 compact areas, contained eagles, hawks, vultures, owls like Bodhi, falcons, Northern Harriers, kites, and more. This non-profit, woodsy center outside Eugene that has an entry fee maintains a wildlife hospital that specializes in birds of prey. Its summer hours that begin in April will see it opening at 10 am and closing at 6 pm.
Ruth and I also enjoyed seeing Jake. Jake is the Cascades Raptor Center’s newest display bird. He’s a peregrine falcon from Montana where he was in a facility that breeds raptors for the sport of falconry. We saw the peregrine falcon and vulture pictured above and below on this blog, however, in Boise Idaho’s excellent World Center for Birds of Prey that is not associated with Cascades in any way.
Cascades’ negatives include the temporary lack of toilet facilities. COVID has made it necessary to leave it and go down the hill to a Porta Potty also used by other travelers. It’s in a hilly location that makes climbing to see inside the cages sometimes difficult. The birds are behind wire that makes it often hard to see them. Other negatives are temporary. I do not recommend seeing Cascades on a rainy day that make photography difficult. We got lost trying to find and then get away from the Cascades Raptor Center due to its out-of-the city, hillside location. Other than these, a visit to Cascades is a joyous travel experience. If you like looking at birds of prey is a protected environment, this is a place for you to experience if in the Eugene area.