Raptor Rehabilitation Program

Stauber Raptor Facility, man holding a raptor

Stauber Raptor Facility

Birds of prey don't belong to any of us, yet the task of caring for injured or sick raptors belongs to all of us."Dr. Erik Stauber, retired (2011) WSU veterinary professor and raptor specialist. Dr. Stauber devoted 40 years to WSU and caring for raptors. The facility was renamed the Stauber Raptor Facility in 2013 to honor Dr. Stauber.

The Stauber Raptor Facility houses recovering and resident birds in the Raptor Rehabilitation Program at WSU. The Raptor Rehabilitation Program provides medical care, food, and shelter to sick or injured birds, returning them to the wild whenever possible. Resident birds that are not able to be returned to the wild are cared for at the college and participate in public education programs through the WSU Raptor Club, a non-profit volunteer organization founded in 1981.

To be able to care for more birds, we began extensive renovations on the raptor facility thanks to the generous support of the Potlatch Corporation, Avista Utilities, the WSU Raptor Club, and other generous donors. Phase 1 completed much needed flight cages and optimal enclosures for the birds. Phase 2 add a food preparation area and small examination room. Due to the generosity of an anonymous foundation, we’ve been able to complete phase 3 of the facility by adding a classroom, a restroom, a treatment area and a reception area. This includes installing a back-up generator, an alarm system for temperature fluctuations, a furnace, and a hot water heater.

The grand opening of the refurbished Carver Building Raptor Facility was held on June 3, 2008. In 2013, it was renamed to honor Dr. Stauber and his distinguished 40-year career at WSU. Originally the building housed turkeys for the Washington State College's world renowned poultry husbandry program. It was part of the larger Carver Poultry Farm, named after
John S. Carver, long-time chair of the poultry husbandry program and a nationally known poultry nutritionist.

If you find an injured raptor, seek help from a local wildlife agent or veterinarian, or call the WSU Veterinary Teaching Hospital at 509-335-0711.  

IMPORTANT NOTE ABOUT INJURED OR ORPHANED WILDLIFE: WSU personnel are NOT able to retrieve injured or orphaned wildlife. Wildlife are the property of the state of their origin and are also sometimes regulated by the federal government. People with concerns about ill or injured wildlife are urged to contact the local offices of that states’ fish and wildlife service. WSU’s veterinary teaching hospital will gladly assess wildlife brought to us and make a determination as to a course of care. As a final note, please be aware that some animals may carry diseases that can infect humans. The most notable is rabies, which can infect all mammals. The source of rabies in wildlife in Washington has been limited to the big brown bat but there is no reason to believe other bats could not be infected. In general, if a bat is healthy, no human should be able to touch it. If you can, and do touch a bat, you run the risk of being exposed to rabies which requires an extensive and expensive course of injections to prevent this essentially 100 percent fatal disease from developing. Again, Bats like all wildlife fall under the control of their state’s game agency and most provide important information about handling all wild animals, especially bats.

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