Teton Raptor Center cares for injured, ill, and orphaned birds of prey 365 days per year. Our Raptor Hotline accepts calls from 8 a.m. - 8 p.m. daily.
Rehabilitation of injured raptors is an important part of our mission. We have worked with 24 species of injured or sick raptors from throughout the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem since we started in 2010. The most common raptors in 2020 were Great Horned Owls (40), Swainson's Hawks (17), Red-Tailed Hawks (15), Osprey (9), and American Kestrels (8).
In the event a wild raptor becomes ill, injured, or orphaned, we are here to help! Our Avian Care Team works many hours each week to care for the birds. We 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). We rescue birds with broken wings and other injuries and do everything we can to get them back to the wild as soon as possible.
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TRC's Core Values for Rehabilitating Wild Birds
Most of the birds brought to Teton Raptor Center are trauma patients often as a result of vehicle and window collisions, electrocution on powerlines, or pet attacks. Other common incidents include gunshot wounds, injuries from traps, lead and rodenticide poisoning, and many more human-caused issues. During the spring time we receive many calls about nestlings and fledglings that are mistaken as injured or orphaned.
|Total Number of Patients:||1,286|
|2021 Patients||169 so far|
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 the environmental impacts that may be affecting them in your region. Knowing more about raptors and wildlife leads to a better understanding of human-wildlife conflicts, why they occur, and how to prevent them. Learn more about different types of raptors on our "Education" page, and come by Teton Raptor Center for a Raptor Encounter!
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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 becoming a volunteer or donating today!