30 years of volunteerism: Longtime TRC volunteers share what drives their decades of dedication

The Raptor Center (TRC) is fortunate to have the help of a phenomenal network of more than 300 active volunteers and more than 1,000 who have enlisted to help through the years. An elite group of volunteers has been supporting its work for 30-plus years, helping TRC become what it is today. What has fueled their 30 years of passion?

A revolution in avian surgery: Method developed at TRC drastically increases orthopedic repair success

A large percentage of raptors admitted to rehabilitation centers world-wide have sustained traumatic fractures of their long bones. Bird bones are challenging to work with because of their thin, brittle walls, curvatures, and the need for post-operative patients to have full mobility.

Rockstar ambassadors leave their mark throughout TRC history

In May of this year, The Raptor Center (TRC) lost a beloved team member of its education program, a bald eagle called Maxime. She was a special eagle in temperament and poise who was always ready and willing to share with the public what raptors can teach. In her passing, Maxime joined a team of ambassadors who might not have been releasable back into the wild due to injury or illness but instead inspired over one million people with a love of raptors. TRC couldn’t honor its history without honoring the legacy of a few of its most impactful raptor ambassadors.

Clinic statistics, Fall 2023

So far, the total number of raptors admitted to the hospital is similar to that of recent years. Looking back, this number has been at a slow but steady increase for the most common species found in Minnesota. In 2016, bald eagles jumped to the top of the leaderboard with 182 and have been in the top two ever since. As of August 14, 108 bald eagles were admitted, the same number received for the entire year in 1998.