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The Raptor Research Center (RRC) supports graduate education in raptor biology, conducts research regarding raptors and their habitats, and provides technical assistance to raptor researchers. This RRC Bird Links page can be helpful for those seeking information about raptors – our links are curated to focus on academic and non-governmental organizations related to raptor research.

The RRC has provided these links for your convenience but does not control or endorse the websites and is not responsible for the content, links, privacy policy, or security policy of the following websites.

Northern Spotted Owl perched in tree
    • American Ornithologists’ Union
      Founded in 1883, the American Ornithologists’ Union is one of the oldest organizations in the world devoted to the scientific study of birds.
    • Asian Raptor Research and Conservation Network
      This is a membership organization that publishes information on raptors, maintains a database on raptors (especially on the status of native Asian raptors), and supports a list server for people involved in conservation and research on Asian raptors.
    • Association of Field Ornithologists
      The Association of Field Ornithologists (AFO) is a membership organization dedicated to the study and conservation of birds and their natural habitats. The AFO prides itself on serving as a bridge between professional and amateur ornithologists.
    • Audubon Guide to North American Birds
      Explore more than 800 North American bird species, learn about their lives and habitats, and how climate change is impacting their ability to survive.
    • BirdLife International
      BirdLife International is a global partnership of non-governmental organizations (NGOs) that strives to conserve birds, their habitat, and global biodiversity, working with people towards sustainability in the use of natural resources. Each NGO Partner represents a unique geographic territory.
    • BirdNet
      Birdnet was created and is maintained by the Ornithological Council as a service to ornithologists and the general public. Birdnet is an online repository of information about the science of ornithology and about issues of interest to ornithologists. Birdnet provides selected links to other bird websites.
    • Birds of Prey Foundation
      The Birds of Prey Foundation is a non-profit foundation whose mission is to rehabilitate and release injured and orphaned raptors back into the wild. This is the largest raptor center in Colorado, admitting more than 500 injured and orphaned raptors from all over the state each year.
    • California Raptor Center, UC Davis
      The California Raptor Center is an educational and research facility dedicated to the rehabilitation of injured and orphaned birds of prey (raptors).
    • Carolina Raptor Center
      The Carolina Raptor Center is dedicated to environmental stewardship and the conservation of birds of prey through education, research, and rehabilitation of injured and orphaned raptors.
    • Cooper Ornithological Society
      This is one of the largest ornithological societies in the world with more than 2,000 professional and amateur ornithologists. They encourage and support scientific study and conservation of birds and wildlife and disseminate knowledge through publications, meetings, and direct communication with ornithologists.
    • Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology
      The mission of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology is to interpret and conserve the earth’s biological diversity through research, education, and citizen science focused on birds.
    • European Ornithologists’ Union
      Established in 1997, the European Ornithologists’ Union promotes communication between European ornithologists, holds conferences and meetings, seeks funds to support collaboration among European countries, and engages in other activities to advance ornithology in Europe.
    • Golden Gate Raptor Observatory
      The mission of the Golden Gate Raptor Observatory is to study migrating birds of prey along the Pacific coast and to promote public awareness of the state of raptor populations. The obervatory is dedicated to the conservation of raptors and community involvement in wildlife research.
    • Hawk Migration Association of North America
      Hawk Migration Association of North America is a membership-based organization committed to the conservation of raptors through scientific study, enjoyment, and appreciation of raptor migration.
    • Hawk Mountain Sanctuary
      Established over 75 years ago, Pennsylvania’s Hawk Mountain was the world’s first refuge for birds of prey. Each autumn, visitors have the opportunity to observe large numbers of hawks, eagles, and falcons as they migrate past the lookouts.
    • Hawks Aloft
      Hawks Aloft works to conserve indigenous wild birds and their habitat through avian research, education, and cooperation with others.
    • HawkWatch International
      The mission of HawkWatch International is to conserve the environment through education, long-term monitoring, and scientific research on raptors as indicators of ecosystem health. HawkWatch’s Raptor ID Fact Sheets are excellent species-specific resources.
    • International Working Group for the Steller’s Eagle Conservation
      The mission of the International Working Group is to promote the conservation of the Steller’s sea eagle throughout its range through research. Efforts to conserve this eagle will also contribute to achieving more general biodiversity conservation goals.
    • Morley Nelson Snake River Birds of Prey National Conservation Area
      A national conservation area managed by the BLM in southern Idaho that experiences large volumes of nesting raptors from mid-March through June. This NCA offers an opportunity to experience raptors in situ.
    • Ninepipes Center for Wildlife, Research & Education, Owl Research Institute
      The Ninepipes Center belongs to a large-scale riparian corridor, host to critical habitat during nesting and migration, and one of the best sites for raptors in North America. For more than 25 years, the Owl Research Institute has been dedicated to scientific research of owls — their ecology, natural history, and habitat.
    • The OWL Pages
      This website provides links to a variety of owl resources, including the OWL Nest Box Resource Page with links to help property owners build or buy an owl nest box or platform.
    • Pacific Seabird Group
      Formed in 1972, the Pacific Seabird Group is a society of professional seabird researchers and managers dedicated to the study and conservation of seabirds.
    • The Peregrine Fund, Inc.
      Established in 1970, The Peregrine Fund works nationally and internationally to conserve birds of prey in nature. Their mission is to restore species in jeopardy, conserve habitat, educate students, train conservationists, provide factual information to the public, and accomplish good science.
    • Philippine Eagle Foundation
      The Philippine Eagle Foundation, established in 1987, is a private, non-profit organization dedicated to saving the endangered Philippine Eagle and its rainforest habitat.
    • Raptor Center, University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine
      Established in 1974, the Raptor Center specializes in the medical care, rehabilitation, conservation, and other studies of eagles, hawks, owls, and falcons.
    • Raptor Education Foundation
      Raptor Education Foundation promotes environmental literacy by providing schools, corporations, conventions, and gatherings of all sizes with unique innovative programs utilizing an extensive cast of live, non-releasable raptors to focus attention on environmental concepts and issues.
    • Raptor News
      The Raptor News is the electronic circular of the World Working Group on Birds of Prey and Owls. It is emailed to all members with known email addresses and other interested persons.
    • Raptor Research Foundation
      Raptor Research Foundation (RRF) is a non-profit cooperative that specializes in gathering and sharing scientific information about raptors. Researchers, government agencies, and volunteers come together to teach conservation in communities. The Foundation is also responsible for publications such as The Journal of Raptor Research, Wingspan Newsletter, and Raptor Research Reports.
    • Santa Cruz Predatory Bird Research Group
      Formed as a result of declining populations of predatory birds in the 1970s, this research group educates communities on the importance of conservation. They offer a unique experience to students by setting up cameras at nesting sites for intimate observations.
    • Society of Canadian Ornithologists
      This society administers awards and publishes a journal, Avian Conservation and Ecology – Ecologie et Conservation des Oiseaux (ACE-ECO), to communicate about the conservation and ecology of birds.
    • Society of Caribbean Ornithology
      The largest bird conservation group in the Greater Caribbean region publishes the Journal of Caribbean Ornithology and works to conserve the habitat and lives of the birds living in the Caribbean through research and education.
    • Waterbird Society
      Professionals, scientists, students, and volunteers work together to promote the conservation of water birds.
    • Wilson Ornithological Society
      Wilson Ornithological Society is a large global society of nearly 2,500 members who share an interest in birds. Since it was founded in 1888, the Society has created a strong bond between amateurs and scientists drawn to ornithology.
    • World Working Group on Birds of Prey
      The World Working Group promotes raptor conservation and research on an international level. Anyone interested in raptors is welcome to join more than 3,000 raptor specialists and enthusiasts from all parts of the world. The Group issues newsletters and organizes international conferences and meetings.


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