Looking back to 2017...
In 2017, Cape Fear Raptor Center has grown roughly 25% in the volume of raptors treated, including a record high of 20 Bald Eagles treated, almost 40,000 citizens reached with our Educational Ambassador birds, and record contributions from donors. We grew our volunteer base by roughly 15% as well. The Town of Belville donated a tract of land to Cape Fear Raptor Center at the Brunswick Riverwalk with the hopes of bringing "Raptors to the Riverwalk". Cape Fear Raptor Center also partnered with UNCW Athletics making Stormy, our Educational Osprey, UNCW's live seahawk mascot.
Looking ahead to 2018...
Cape Fear Raptor Center's partnership with the Town of Belville brings the start of a large capital campaign. The campaign will allow Cape Fear Raptor Center to build a large, stand alone rehabilitation and education center in Belville. Development of a Capital Campaign Committee will be the first step in our journey to the vision of "Raptors on the Riverwalk". Coastal residents, North Carolinian's, and tourists visiting the area will be able to experience the birds up close and personal, learning about ecosystems, predator and prey relationships, and how vital raptors are to the equation. Children from surrounding counties will be able to visit and learn with curriculums designed for all ages as well.
With UNCW 's partnership comes great opportunity for the students of UNCW to participate in internships and career development. A #RaptorDown Triage Team will be created, engaging pre-vet, biology, and conservation students in the emergency care and support of raptors injured and ill.
In 2018, we aspire to treat an even larger number of raptors in the state of North Carolina, with volunteers and transport teams extending from the Outer Banks to Fayetteville and northward to Raleigh. With our Educational Ambassador teams we look to educate even more people on the plight of our raptors, their habitats, and our world in general. Through our conservation efforts, we are looking to begin a "Get The Lead Out" campaign for all forms of hunting.
Thank you to all of our donors, volunteers, followers, and supporters. Because of you our raptors are able to "Spread Their Wings" and fledge into 2018.