‘Raptors On The Road’

THE DALLES — The Columbia Gorge Discovery Center’s raptor education Birds of Prey program is one of the most popular at the museum. Offered twice daily March to September, this live program allows visitors the opportunity to see these magnificent birds up close.

Program Coordinator Bambi Foy and a small team of dedicated staff and volunteers enthusiastically educate and enlighten more than 19,000 visitors annually.

Each of the museum’s nine resident raptors is non-releasable due to injuries sustained in the wild. They serve in this experiential-based ecology education program through permits from the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service.

The Discovery Center has a fundraising campaign called “Raptors On The Road.” The campaign launched on Indiegogo.com on Feb. 19 to raise $5,000 for an outreach program to the many regional schools and senior living facilities that simply cannot afford field trips to the museum.

The program will allow schools and senior centers across the Pacific Northwest an opportunity to see these magnificent birds up close. The campaign will run for 60 days, or until the raptor program reaches the goal of raising $5,000.

To find out more about the campaign, including how you can share and tweet, go to http://bit.ly/N1fst0.

Funds raised by this campaign will be put to immediate use in supplementing staff costs and travel expenses, purchasing carriers for safely transporting raptors, and developing promotional materials for distribution to educators across the Pacific Northwest.

The primary purpose of the Raptor Education Program is to engage people in learning about the importance of species and habitat preservation on local, regional, and global levels. Understanding the significance of one regional species in the ecosystem ultimately expands the understanding of how all life is connected.

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The Discovery Center and Wasco County Historical Museum is the official interpretive center for the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area.

Live raptor shows are presented Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Beginning Saturday, March 22, the raptor shows will be presented twice daily.

Hands-on, multi-media exhibits illuminate the cultural and natural history of the Gorge, including Ice Age geology, Native American culture, Lewis and Clark’s cargo, the Oregon Trail, trade, transportation, ecology, and more.

The Discovery Center is located off Interstate 84 at exit 82, 5000 Discovery Drive, The Dalles. The Center is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Admission is $9 for adults, $7 for seniors, $5 for ages 6-16 and free for children ages 5 and under.

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For more information, call 541-296-8600, ext. 201, or visit gorgediscovery.org.

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