Bald eagle stepping out of the carrier used to transport the bird to the location where it is released.
Raptor Rehabilitation
Caring for and treating approximately 100 sick and injured raptors every year

Raptor Rehabilitation

Our veterinarians treat approximately 100 sick and injured raptors every year that may have been hit by automobiles, burned by power lines, poisoned, or found down for unknown reasons.

We provide medical care, food, and shelter to sick or injured birds, including eagles, falcons, hawks, and owls, with the goal of successfully returning them to the wild whenever possible.

Birds that are not able to be released to the wild may stay at WSU as resident birds in the Stauber Raptor Facility or go to other care facilities where they may be foster parents for orphans of their species, kept in breeding programs, or used in public education programs.

Many resident birds are cared for at the college and participate in public education programs through the WSU Raptor Club, a nonprofit volunteer organization founded in 1981. The raptors and club volunteers visit service organizations, fairs, summer camps, and schools to educate children and adults about raptor conservation and the lives of these magnificent birds. Our goal is to provide a world class experience to our members, the public, and our educational ambassadors. Any other inquiries can be directed to Dr. Marcie Logsdon.

If you find an injured raptor or other wildlife, seek help from a local wildlife agent or veterinarian, or call the WSU Veterinary Teaching Hospital at 509-335-0711 for information on how to tell if the animal is truly orphaned and how best to help.

Raptor releases

Resident raptors