Environmental Stewardship

Raptor Release

  • Environmental Stewardship
  • Community

North Carolina


Mideast Division

Red-Tailed “Iris” Soars

Staff and volunteers at the non-profit Carolina Raptor Center in Mecklenburg County, North Carolina treat more than 900 injured and orphaned birds a year. It is the largest raptor center in North America. More than 70 percent of the birds treated are released back into the wild.

The red-tailed hawk known as “Iris” was brought to the center with a fish hook embedded in its eye. After a delicate surgery and recovery at the Carolina Raptor Center, the hawk was released at the Cabarrus Quarry.  “It’s a perfect location to bring the bird,” said Jim Warren, Executive Director. “There’s green open space and a lot of trees. And we just wanted to recognize all the great work Vulcan has done for us.”

“We depend on corporate support. We couldn’t do what we do without folks like Vulcan both from a financial standpoint, leadership and materials,” said Warren.


Carolina Raptor Center Executive Director, Jim Warren

Bryan Spach, Vulcan Area Sales, has been involved with the Carolina Raptor Center for more than a decade, serving on the Board of Directors. “Environmental stewardship is very near and dear to our hearts,” said Spach. “To be able to be a part of that is very near and dear to our hearts and very fulfilling to us as individuals and us as a company.”

For more information, please visit http://carolinaraptorcenter.org