EUGENE, Ore. -- The Cascades Raptor Center is finishing up repairs after heavy snow damaged the roof of their largest aviary in February.
The roof is about 4,000 square feet, or about the size of four average two-bedroom apartments.
One of the largest in Oregon, the aviary is critical for the rehabilitation of eagles and osprey.
Construction will not change the look of the aviary, but they will add new designs like hinged panels to allow the roof to open and drop snow into the enclosure instead of letting it sit on top.
“There’s only, including this one, three flight-conditioning enclosures in the entire state of Oregon,” bird curator Kit Lacy said. “So that means there are a lot of birds that come here to our facility from around the state for conditioning, so it’s going to be a big relief when this structure is back up and safe and ready for it to have birds in it again.”
From Sept. 9 through Sept. 28, Fox Hollow Road will be closed for repairs. Visitors will need to detour up Willamette Street, around Spencer Butte and back down Fox Hollow Road to get to the center.
The project is expected to be finished by Oct. 1.
The Cascades Raptor Center is funded with community donations.