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Veterinary Teaching Hospital
Raptor Rehabilitation
We treat approximately 100 sick and injured raptors every year

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 retuning 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. The Raptor Club will be opening back up to general members fall semester 2021. We will be offering public presentations again fall of 2022. Thank you for your patience as we rebuild our program post-COVID. 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

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.

Sponsor a raptor

We know you care about raptors as much as we do.  

When you sponsor a raptor, you help injured birds receive the medical care they need so they can be returned to the wild or provide care to our resident birds in the WSU mews.

Raptor Releases

Ready for wind under his wings

After surgery and months of rehab, this owl was released.

Bald Eagle release

A full-grown bald eagle is released back to the wild.

Morris is released

A juvenile bald eagle is released after her recovery.

Resident birds

Dakota – Red-tailed Hawk

Dakota is blind in her right eye, making judging distance nearly impossible for her.

Everett – American Kestrel

Everett had dislocated his left shoulder and that injury has left him unable to fly.

Tundra – Snowy Owl

Tundra can no longer fully extend his left wing so he will never be able to fly.

Sprite – Great Horned Owl

Sprite has a fractured right wing and cannot fly properly.

Sawyer – Northern Saw-whet Owl

Sawyer came to us as an adult and because of that, we are unsure of her age.

Kotori – Western Screech Owl

Kotori cannot get the lift required to fly, so he cannot be released.

Hurik – Northern Pygmy Owl

Hurik has adapted very well to life, despite an amputation of a wing.

Amelia – American Kestrel

Living in the wild is not suitable for Amelia because she has lost her right eye.

Brenda – Red-tailed Hawk

Brenda is a dark morph red-tailed hawk who cannot fully extend her wing.

Gus – Great Gray Owl

Gus was found near Spokane, unable to fly due to a fractured right wing.

Amicus – Golden Eagle

Amicus came to the WSU Veterinary Teaching Hospital in the summer of 2006.