Hello folks!

Kathleen here - I am the lead Raptor Educator here at Chintimini and I work with our Raptor Ambassadors. I've had the pleasure of meeting many of you during the many tours and presentations I've led since joining the team as a volunteer in 2013, and a staff member just last year. 

Today, I'm really excited to share with you some news as we work to expand our Ambassador program. Please join me in welcoming our newest Raptor Ambassador, a Swainson's Hawk named Cricket. I have been working with her for a couple months now and she has proven herself to be a very intelligent and curious bird! I hope you enjoy reading about my newest "coworker," and that you have the chance to meet her soon! 

Thank you,

Kathleen Dodge
Chintimini Wildlife Center


our newest ambassador

We are excited to introduce the newest member of our education team, Cricket! Cricket is a female Swainson's Hawk, and she is about 2 years old. She was transferred to us from a facility in California at the end of July 2018. We have spent the last 2 months getting to know her and helping her adjust to her new home.
frequently asked questions

Why is Cricket under human care?
Cricket is an imprinted bird. She was admitted to a wildlife rehabilitation facility in California in 2016 where the staff observed behaviors that are typical with imprinted birds. These behaviors can include identifying with humans, lacking a fear of people, and being unable to interact and communicate with members of her own species. Imprinted birds are at a disadvantage in the wild, especially when their condition results in them lacking fear of natural predators or being unable to hunt successfully.

Why did you name her Cricket?
Great question! Swainson's Hawks can be found in Oregon during part of the year, but they are a migratory species with quite a large range. As they make their annual trek to the southern-most tip of South America, they prey mostly on insects including... crickets! 

Where might I see a Swainson's Hawk in the wild?
Swainson's Hawks are common throughout North American grassland habitat in the spring and summer, and migrate all the way down to South America during the winter. They are state listed as a “sensitive” species in Oregon. 

What threats do they face in the wild?
Traffic collisions, illegal shooting, electrocution and poisoning are common threats Swainson’s Hawks face in the wild. One major cause of recent population decline has been pesticide use in Argentina, where farmers were using DDT and monocrotophos to control locust and grasshopper infestations in the 1990s. Swainson’s Hawks would ingest large amounts of these poisoned insects during migration, and an estimated 35,000 hawks died in one season alone. Since then, Argentine farmers have implemented more wildlife-friendly pest control techniques.

When can I meet her? 
We are done with our public tours for the year, and Cricket still has a lot of learning to do before she is ready for more formal presentations. We anticipate her making her official debut at our annual Mother's Day Open House - Sunday, May 12, 2019! We hope you'll join us. 

Can I sponsor her? 
Absolutely! Click the button below to learn more about sponsorship opportunities for all of our Raptor Ambassadors, including Cricket.
Click here to support our Raptor Ambassadors
Save the Date: Art is Wild auction & fundraiser: April 26, 2019

art is wild 2019

Please save the date for the next Art is Wild, our annual auction and fundraiser. This event includes a silent auction of beautiful works of art, fantastic experiences, and tantalizing prizes. Enjoy delicious appetizers and drinks while meeting representatives from our Raptor Ambassador team - all while supporting the wildlife you cherish.

More details and invitations to follow.
Getting Skunked - Lessons learned about this "smelly" species from volunteer Cherie MacDougall
The Dea Enigma - Read a poem about Dea, our Red-tailed Hawk Ambassador, by volunteer handler Erin Sackett

cornell lab of ornithology

Fall is here, and that means it's time for many birds to begin their journey of migration in search of warmer climates where food is more abundant.

Such journeys are physically demanding, and not every bird will make it to its destination. While natural forces, such as weather or predators, could prevent a bird from completing migration, there are man-made hazards as well, such as tall buildings, glass windows, and bright lights.

Fortunately, there are simple things we can do to help migratory birds on their journey! Cornell Lab of Ornithology is a fabulous resource for tips on how to  help. Something as easy as turning off lights and using window decals can make a big difference. Click the image below for more information on ways you can contribute to the success of migration!


bev schultz

wednesday am shift volunteer since 2017
CWC: Do you have a favorite or most memorable patient (past or present)?

BS: Not really, I love them all...skunks, hawks, doves, barn owls, even raccoons! 

CWC: What is your favorite part about volunteering at CWC?

BS: Helping our wildlife patients recover and then be released, learning about so many different critters AND working with the fabulous and awesome Wednesday AM shift!
Click here to read more about our volunteers!
Supporters like Bev are a vital part of our community. We are lucky to work with some of the most compassionate people around who ensure that the animals in our care are safe and healthy. We owe an enormous debt of gratitude to all of the volunteers, donors and other supporters who make our work possible. Thank you.
Please join us in thanking Bev for their outstanding commitment to serving our community's wildlife. 
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