Injured Raptor Hotline (307) 203-2551

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).


Rehabilitation of Birds of Prey


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

  1. Rehabilitate for release. Birds are rehabilitated only when the prognosis for release is high. Birds that are returned to the wild must be able to hunt, breed, migrate, and show the appropriate fear of humans.
  2. Value the quality of life and dignity of each patient. We ensure every animal has dignity in life and dignity in death. Birds that are not releasable and, at the end of their rehabilitation, are not suitable for education, foster-parenting, or captive breeding, have a right to euthanasia.
  3. Maintain wildness. Being around humans is very stressful for wild animals, and can even be harmful as they recover. We only handle or interact with raptors in rehab when it’s completely necessary.
  4. Research and Educate. Every animal that comes to TRC is an opportunity both to learn and to teach others about its story. To aid in scientific research and avian conservation, we collect data on all birds brought into the clinic, both alive and dead. The majority of deceased raptors are sent to the University of Wyoming Museum of Vertebrates scientific study. All eagle flight feathers are sent to the National Eagle Repository, and all non-eagle flight feathers are collected and sent to the Non-eagle Feather Repository. Every animal has a purpose.

View our current patients here. This video is updated weekly on Fridays.

Photo Credit TRC Staff

Photo Credit TRC Staff

Photo Credit TRC Staff

Photo Credit TRC Staff

Photo Credit TRC Staff

Photo Credit TRC Staff

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.

TRC Raptor Rehab Totals 2010-2021



Total Number of Patients:1,286
2021 Patients169 so far
2020 Patients151
2019 Patients126
2018 Patients127
2017 Patients120
2016 Patients140
2015 Patients130
2014 Patients90
2013 Patients81
2012 Patients42
2011 Patients62
2010 Patients48

How YOU can help

Conserve
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.


Educate
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!


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 becoming a volunteer or donating today!

The 2020 Rehab Staff with TRC's Resident American Kestrels and Resident Barn Owl.

The 2020 Rehab Staff with TRC's Resident American Kestrels and Resident Barn Owl.

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