Volunteering at Events with Ojai Raptor Center

As a volunteer at ORC you will most likely volunteer at one of the biannual open houses or you will help at one of our public booths. These are especially important events that give us the chance to make a lasting impression on the public. Volunteers are so important to us because we need you to help us educate about ORC, wildlife rehabilitation, and birds of prey. The best way to do this is to get familiar with our organization. Know that we hold state and federal permits and that we are a certified 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, that we receive between 800-1000 birds and animals a year and have over 40 years of experience among our staff. Get familiar with our Education Ambassadors which include hawks, eagles, owls, falcons, turkey vultures and a Mississippi Kite. 

At booth events try and familiarize yourself with the education ambassadors- what their names are and why they are in permanent care. You should also familiarize yourself with the biofact table and learn which birds are which species and which wings and talons belong to which species. In booth situations everyone takes on multiple roles but you will all be there as representatives of ORC. 

The ORC website is a great resource- the entire volunteer handbook and FAQ sections will give you all you need to know in order to properly explain who we are and what we do. 

If you get a question that you don't know the answer to, don't make something up! Chances are there are supervisors around or other volunteers that might know the answer.

*Don't forget to tell people to visit the website and sign up for the newsletter- it will be up to date with events and news. You can also tell people we are on both Facebook and Instagram.