ORC Quick Facts!
-ORC was founded in the year 2000
-ORC intakes between 800-1200 birds and other wildlife a year
-Raptors are obligate carnivorous birds that hunt their prey with their feet and talons.
-ORC has approx. 20 non-releasable Education Ambassador birds that have permanent injuries- they are required to work as education ambassadors and are individually permitted through our government permits.
-ORC is permitted by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the California Department of Fish and Wildlife but we do not receive funding from the government.
-ORC is a certified 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and receives the majority of its funding from private donors/ the community and grants.
-Imprinting in birds is when they are cared for by humans for an elongated period of time when they are under 6 weeks of age and they become “imprinted” on people. This means they will not associate with their own species in the wild, cannot hunt, and will not mate. This is a psychological disorder which is extremely common but highly preventable.
-ORC has 3 part-time and one full time staff members.
-ORC relies on volunteering- the main areas of volunteering are Animal Care and Transport.