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EUGENE, Ore. -- The Cascades Raptor Center is looking to expand their services to help more birds and make their facility more accommodating for visitors.
KEZI 9 News spoke with Louise Shimmel, the executive director of the nonprofit nature center and wildlife hospital, which was founded in 1987.
She said expanding their facility has been in the works for the last 15 years. Shimmel said in 2016 they purchased nearly four acres of land next to their current facility in south Eugene off of Fox Hollow Road.
Shimmel said they plan on creating a new parking lot, accessible trails, a renovated visitor center as well as more bird enclosures. In addition to expanding their space, they plan on renovating their current visitor center into their hospital.
She said they currently serve 300 birds a year, but with these new changes, they can serve more than 1,000.
"We don't have food for a goose or housing for a humming bird, so all that stuff we want to be able to provide for the community, but it takes time, and it takes money and it takes construction and space,” Shimmel said. "So, we're working on it."
They don't have an exact timeline for when the expansion will be complete or an estimated cost at this time.
Shimmel said their expansion plans have a long way to go, but she hopes to have the expansion on their hospital done in the next year and a half.