Veterans Enjoy Raptor Center for Free

EUGENE, Ore. — Veterans and their families got to visit the Cascades Raptor Center for free Monday.

The Eugene center is home to more than 50 different birds. A crew of volunteers spend time taking care of injured, sick and orphaned raptors.

Executive Director Louise Shimmel says offering free admission is the least the center can do for vets.

“The stress that the families are under when people are overseas and engaged in war is really hard and when they’re all together or just to help relieve that anxiety we’d love to give that as a gift,” Shimmel said.

The Cascades Raptor Center has worked with more 3,000 raptors since it opened in 1990. Each year, it receives over 200 birds for care and spends well over 300 days with community outreach and education on the birds.

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