In the event that a wild raptor becomes ill, injured or orphaned we are here to help! Our Rehab Coordinator, interns, and volunteers work many hours each week to talk with concerned people from all over Idaho and Wyoming who have come across a raptor and aren't sure what to do. We help move nests to safer locations (e.g.- if baby birds are growing up in hay bales that need to be moved), take in birds with broken wings and other injuries, and do everything we can to get them back to the wild as soon as possible.
Video by Moosejaw Bravo Photography
Rehabilitation of injured raptors is an important part of our mission. We have worked with 24 species of injured or sick raptors, brought to us from throughout the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. The most common raptors we worked with in 2016 were Great Horned Owls (39), Swainson's Hawks (19) and Red-Tailed Hawks (17).
Most of the birds brought to Teton Raptor Center are trauma patients, often as a result of collision with vehicles, electrocution, or window strikes. Other common incidents that cause birds to end up in our rehabilitation facility include gunshot wounds, injuries from traps, lead and rodenticide poisoning, and many more human caused issues. During spring time we also receive many calls about nestlings and fledglings that are mistaken as injured or orphaned.
|Total number of patients||707|
|2017 Patients||114 (as of 9/30/17)|
There are many ways in which you can prevent raptors from getting into trouble in the first place. From small changes in your everyday life like reducing, reusing and recycling to bigger changes like participating in the Poo-Poo Project, you really can make a positive impact for birds of prey and all wildlife. Visit our Backyard Conservation to learn how to help.
Learn about the raptors in your area and environmental impacts that may be affecting them in your region. Knowing more about raptors and wildlife leads to a better understanding of human and wildlife conflicts, why they occur and how to prevent them. Learn more about different types of raptors on our Learn page, and come by Teton Raptor Center for a Raptor Encounter!
Donate or Volunteer
Our organization depends on dedicated volunteers and generous donors. Depending on the case, a typical TRC patient requires veterinary appointments, time in an oxygen chamber, fluids, medicine, food, physical therapy, and, most of all, time to recover. Thanks to generous volunteers and donors we are able to administer aid to injured, ill, and orphaned birds of prey with the goal of releasing them back to the wild. Help Teton Raptor Center continue helping raptors by donating or becoming a volunteer.