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Cascades Raptor Center (Oregon)
« on: February 04, 2010, 09:17:45 PM »
Founded by Louise Shimmel, the Cascades Raptor Center in Eugene, Oregon is another 'leader in the field'. Here birds of prey native to Oregon are rehabilitated and released back to the wild, but those who cannot be returned to nature are integral to an excellent eduction program.

Website:  http://www.eraptors.org

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Re: Cascades Raptor Center
« Reply #1 on: February 04, 2010, 10:51:04 PM »
This is a wonderful place!  Louise let me volunteer one day, in 2008.  I was very impressed with the skill and compassion of staff and volunteers.
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Re: Cascades Raptor Center
« Reply #2 on: February 05, 2010, 03:03:31 AM »
What a wonderful place!  I read some of the articles there and started to look around at what they have posted, including one by Louise Shimmel, about wildlife rehabilitation.    Thanks for sharing it with us, Ajl.   :eclove
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Re: Cascades Raptor Center
« Reply #3 on: April 18, 2010, 12:33:05 PM »
Dear Tigerlady, I still have not received any response to my email about the injured osprey.  I tried to connect to the link you sent me last night but received an error, so I thought I'd post here.  Not sure what rescue group I emailed - address was enibbles...

I've worried about this bird all night.  I'll be on cam chat later. 

Lisa B. (grapelady)

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Re: Cascades Raptor Center
« Reply #4 on: April 18, 2010, 10:04:51 PM »
Thank you Ajl for posting that video, I always love watching the great work that these places do and am so thankful for them and the wonderful staff at them.

As always, the biggest thrill I get is when I see that an injured bird can be released back into the wild. It always brings tears to my eyes to see that bird fly back into his/her world!!!! thank you.

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Re: Cascades Raptor Center
« Reply #5 on: April 19, 2010, 02:26:51 AM »
Dear Tigerlady, I still have not received any response to my email about the injured osprey.  I tried to connect to the link you sent me last night but received an error, so I thought I'd post here.  Not sure what rescue group I emailed - address was enibbles...

I've worried about this bird all night.  I'll be on cam chat later. 

Lisa B. (grapelady)

Grapelady,

I'm sorry it didn't work.  Please ask Ajl or send here a PM her in the forum.  She is the best person to help you.  She usually is in the Hornby Eagle nest chat room or will come back there if she's taking care of wildlife-related issues at the moment.

I hope that the osprey will be okay and time is of the essence, so let's see if something can be done.  A number of us are worried about that osprey, too.

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Cascades Raptor Center Director Lifetime Achievement Award
« Reply #6 on: March 06, 2011, 10:48:48 AM »
 Lifetime Achievement Award
We are delighted to announce that our very own Louise, Executive Director and founder of Cascades Raptor Center, has been given the Lifetime Achievement Award by the National Wildlife Rehabilitators Association!  The award was announced at NWRA's annual conference in Albany NY on February 25, 2011.

Louise founded CRC in 1987 and has been its heart and soul ever since. She treats injured raptors, designs and delivers education programs, trains staff and volunteers, works with CRC’s board members on fundraising and community awareness projects, and provides invaluable consultation and expertise to wildlife professionals and rehabilitators not only in Oregon and the rest of the United States but in other countries. Louise is recognized internationally as a raptor expert and has served for seven years on the board of directors (two as president) of the International Wildlife Rehabilitation Council (IWRC), for over twelve years on the editorial staff of The Journal of Wildlife Rehabilitation, and for five years as an instructor of IWRC’s Basic Skills class. For ten years, Louise has hosted an internet e-mail list-serv on raptor rehabilitation and care that has nearly 500 participants from 23 countries.  She has presented conference papers and authored articles on emaciation protocol for raptors, blood transfusions, treatment of poisoned eagles, and other topics, and authored a chapter on raising diurnal raptors for the book Hand-Rearing Birds, edited by Laurie Gage DVM and Rebecca Duerr DVM.

Louise has been a state and federally licensed wildlife rehabilitator since 1985. She was co-founder and first president of Oregon Wildlife Rehabilitation Association, assisted the Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife to improve standards for wildlife care by re-writing the state licensing exam, and has served on a task force to review and revise state wildlife rehabilitation regulations. Her professional memberships include IWRC, NWRA, IAATE (International Association of Avian Trainers and Educators), AZA (American Zoological Association), the Raptor Research Foundation, ANCA (Association of Nature Center Administrators), and EEAO (Environmental Educators Association of Oregon). Louise received her Bachelor’s degree from Stanford University and her Masters of Business Administration from the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business.

The National Wildlife Rehabilitators Association (NWRA) is a professional organization respected worldwide for its dedication to improving and promoting the profession of wildlife rehabilitation and its contribution to preserving natural ecosystems.  Wildlife rehabilitation is the treatment and temporary care of injured, diseased and displaced indigenous wildlife and the subsequent release of healthy animals into appropriate wild habitats. For over 28 years, NWRA has fostered the development of high ethical standards in the field, encouraged the dissemination of knowledge, and cooperation, and fostered a respect for wildlife and natural ecosystems. The NWRA Lifetime Achievement Award is given to an individual whose primary identification is with wildlife rehabilitation and who has contributed to the field in a major way for many years.

The staff and board of CRC are proud to be part of what Louise has accomplished during her career.  We are also very grateful to CRC's members and supporters for sharing in the dream of creating a high quality rehabilitation facility for our native birds, along with outstanding nature education opportunities to enhance appreciation of all wildlife.


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Re: Cascades Raptor Center
« Reply #7 on: March 06, 2011, 12:18:39 PM »
Great news HairChopper! You must be so proud to be a part of the group. :heart
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Re: Cascades Raptor Center
« Reply #8 on: March 06, 2011, 02:39:06 PM »
Fantastic news!  Hope it doesn't mean Louise is retiring.

Thank you for sharing this momentous occasion. :ecsmile

And a big  welcome to the forum Hairchoppr!
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Re: Cascades Raptor Center
« Reply #9 on: March 06, 2011, 02:40:02 PM »
Congrats to Louise and as Rajame says, you must be so proud to be associated with this rehab facility. Quite an honor!

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Re: Cascades Raptor Center
« Reply #10 on: March 06, 2011, 03:43:13 PM »
Thanks everyone. I hope Louise is not retiring either. I think she is stepping aside ather than stepping down, as Laurin Huse is taking on more clinic duties these days. Luise is an incredibally smart woman, and so respected we just cant let her go!
It is an honor to be learning about raptors at the center--and I credit Hornby for getting me interested in birds, rehab and eagles!
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Re: Cascades Raptor Center
« Reply #11 on: March 06, 2011, 04:06:59 PM »
You did just fine Hairchoppr.

In our tech help section we have instructions on using the forum. Hope it will help you.

Here is the link to that topic.
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Re: Cascades Raptor Center
« Reply #12 on: March 06, 2011, 05:03:31 PM »
Hairchopper, it's so nice to see you posting here in the forum!  Thank you for sharing the notice about Louise's Lifetime Achievement Award.  It's very nice to see that her work is being recognized by her peers in such a prestigious way...well-deserved.   :clap
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Re: Cascades Raptor Center
« Reply #13 on: March 25, 2011, 07:05:25 PM »
Her true calling
Louise Shimmel’s work with raptors earns her a lifetime award
By Lauren Fox

The Register-Guard

Published: Friday, Mar 25, 2011 06:09AM


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Twenty-one years ago, Louise Shimmel started the Cascades Raptor Center out of her rented two-bedroom duplex. Today, the rehabilitation center has grown into a sophisticated operation with three paid employees and more than 100 volunteers who contributed 21,000 hours of service last year.

Shimmel calls the center “a gift I want to leave to the whole community because it has taken the entire community to build it.”

While many local residents associate Shimmel with the local raptor center, fewer know that she enjoys a national and even international reputation among wildlife rehabilitators.

But she does, which is why she recently was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award by the National Wildlife Rehabilitators Association at its annual conference in Albany, N.Y.

Hidden behind an old swinging gate, a winding dirt trail and a few sets of steep stairs lead visitors to the doorstep of Shimmel’s office, found within the 3.5-acre nature facility along Fox Hollow Road in south Eugene. The one-room space seems almost inadequate for a world renowned expert, but in its own way, the office fits the inconspicuous center’s director perfectly.

Among raptor experts, you see, the 62-year-old Shimmel is a bit of a celebrity.

From inside her little office, she regularly communicates via an e-mail group with more than 500 raptor specialists, caretakers, falconers and veterinarians around the globe. Shimmel provides the group a chance to discuss treatment options for raptors, share stories about their beloved birds, and discuss how each group can better educate people in their communities.

She also has served for seven years on the International Wildlife Rehabilitation Council’s board of directors, and for five years as an instructor of the council’s basic skills class. And she has served 12 years on the editorial staff of The Journal of Wildlife Rehabilitation, the dominant journal of the industry.

“I am just trying to tie this world a little closer together,” she says.

Laurin Huse, the Cascades center’s rehabilitation director, is more outspoken about Shimmel’s accomplishments.

“Louise is a worldwide champion for rehabilitation, and I don’t think we’ve found a way to communicate to our community just how influential she is,” Huse says.

As she proudly navigates through the raptor center grounds, Shimmel speaks to each one of the permanent residents on the property, including Puck, an American Kestrel with a special affection for humans.

“Come on, honey,” she says to the bird hiding away in his wooden box. “You can come out now, you know. I see you.”

It slowly draws toward her. Puck is what Shimmel refers to as a human imprint, a bird believed to have been raised by humans and, in turn, believes he is one. Puck landed on a boy’s head at a baseball game in Walnut Creek, Calif., in 2005. After it was determined that Puck couldn’t be released because of a puncture wound on his wing and a retinal tear in his right eye, he was transferred to the Cascades center and joined Shimmel’s “educational team.”

“Education is almost a prevention technique,” she says. “The more people know, the more they start learning ways to keep animals safe.”

Shimmel watches her birds carefully and misses nothing. As she walks by a cage of golden eagles, she is excited by the sight of one with a stick in its talon; she quickly dials the phone number of an associate.

“Orion is playing with sticks,” she says excitedly, almost as if witnessing a child’s first steps. “Do you think he is trying to make a nest? You should come take a look.”

For Shimmel, these birds are her livelihood, but more than that, they are a kind of family.

“I don’t have children, but I do have birds,” she says, laughing.

Before Shimmel found her niche and founded the raptor center, she tried to be a lot of things. But her love for wildlife — inherited from her father, a biology teacher who was constantly rehabilitating wild animals — kept getting in the way.

“It’s in my blood. It took me a long time to get here,” she says. ”I was 36 years old before I knew what I wanted to be when I grew up.”

Before becoming the raptor center’s founder and executive director, Shimmel earned a degree in acting from Stanford University and a master’s in international finance from the University of Chicago; she worked at an international bank and at a series of nonprofit agencies, including FOOD For Lane County, when she finally acknowledged to herself that she needed to make the protection of wildlife her job and not just her hobby.

In 1985, FOOD for Lane County was in its infancy and headquartered in Alton Baker Park. It was at that location that Shimmel found several orphaned swallows she couldn’t ignore. The only problem: The swallows required around-the-clock hand feeding, every 15 minutes.

“It really wasn’t fair to FOOD for Lane County,” she says.

So she quit.

She began volunteering for Willamette Wildlife, a nonprofit organization dedicated to rehabilitating animals. She served as its executive director before parting ways and founding the Cascades Raptor Center in 1990.

Shimmel says she wanted to spend her time creating education programs, while the Willamette Wildlife board preferred that she focus on fundraising.

Now she oversees a raptor center that typically serves 200 birds a year — Shimmel has cared for about 3,000 birds since founding the nonprofit agency.

The center celebrated its 20th anniversary last year, and while Shimmel dreams of someday moving the facility to a new location along nearby Dillard Road, the one thing she hopes won’t be changing any time soon is the center’s executive director.

“I will probably work here until I die,” she says. “I cannot really imagine life without this. I can’t imagine life without surrounding myself with birds in one way or another
http://registerguard.com/web/newslocalnews/26011103-41/shimmel-center-raptor-says-wildlife.html.csp

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Re: Cascades Raptor Center
« Reply #14 on: March 25, 2011, 08:08:28 PM »
Thank you so much for posting this article, hairchopper. I Stand in awe and admiration of Louise S.