When a raptor becomes ill or injured it may not recover well enough to be returned to the wild. These birds can no longer balance ecosystems. Even in captivity they are given dignity and respect as "wild" animals. Their new job is to teach! They give humans a chance to learn about raptors up close, and help us appreciate the role of their wild counterparts in the environment. Our Resident Raptors do about 400 programs and teach over 30,000 participants each year!
Keeping raptor populations healthy and wild requires knowledge about what each species needs for breeding, migration, and wintering habitats. Raptor populations need to be systematically monitored to know if populations are at risk. Our research team is gathering critical data on many raptor species and their prey and working with state and federal wildlife professionals to ensure the long-term health and sustainability of raptors in the West.
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.
Each year thousands of cavity-nesters, animals that prefer dark, narrow spaces for nesting and roosting, become entrapped in vertical open pipes. Vault toilets, the self-contained restrooms found in many of America’s wilderness areas, feature vertical ventilation pipes that mimic the natural cavities preferred by some species for nesting and roosting.
Teton Raptor Center provides vent screens on the ventilation pipes of toilets throughout United States. Since 2013 TRC has distributed 14,223 Poo-Poo Screens to over 540 Partners in all 50 states as well as Canada and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
Healthy Golden Eagles can fly hundreds of miles in a single day, but injured eagles need YOUR help to reach the care they need. Wyoming currently has only three facilities licensed to rehabilitate raptors. To give Wyoming's injured Golden Eagles and other raptor species the best care possible, Teton Raptor Center and our partners are coordinating the Golden Eagle Rescue Network. As a Raptor Rescuer, you can give injured Golden Eagles and other raptors a second chance at life in the wild. There is no minimum time commitment or raptor handling experience required. All you need is a driver’s license, access to a vehicle, and a love of wildlife!
To become a Raptor Rescuer, contact Jess Schonegg at 307.200.6019 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
This Golden Eagle came to Teton Raptor Center on November 8th, 2018, after being struck be a vehicle. She had very high lead levels in her blood, most likely the result of ingesting lead bullet fragments from a carcass. One of the affects that lead poisoning has on birds is to slow movement and reaction times, making it more difficult for them to get out of the way when a car is coming. Lead poisoning also damages a bird's heart and brain. This eagle continues to suffer from lead poisoning, as lead is stored in fat cells and can be released into the blood stream long after ingestion.
You can save eagles by switching to non-toxic ammunition, such as copper bullets. Learn more at http://www.huntingwithnonlead.org/.
Helping raptors was never more stylish! We have unique apparel and accessories designed by local artists, and resuable totes and water bottles to help you reduce your footprint. Learn all about raptors with our curated collection of reading materials, and help the songbirds too with UV window stickers that help the birds see the glass.
Show your love for the birds by donating today! $60 can feed one of our resident raptors for a whole month, and every donation helps us advance raptor conservation.