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.
- 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.
- 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 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 North America
This website is devoted to information about birds found in North America.
- 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 CRC 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 the 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 EOU 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 GGRO is to study migrating birds of prey along the Pacific coast and to promote public awareness of the state of raptor populations. The GGRO is dedicated to the conservation of raptors and to community involvement in wildlife research.
- Hawk Migration Association of North America
HMANA 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 HWI 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 ORI has been dedicated to scientific research of owls — their ecology, natural history, and habitat.
- The OWL Pages
This website provides links to a wide variety of owl resources, including the OWL Nestbox Resource Page with links to help property owners build or buy an owl nest box or platform.
- Pacific Seabird Group
Formed in 1972, the PSG 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
REF 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 (WWGBP). It is emailed to all members with known email addresses as well as to other interested persons.
- 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, the SCPBRG 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), for the purpose of communicating the conservation and ecology of birds.
- Society of Caribbean Ornithology
The largest bird conservation group in the Greater Caribbean region works to conserve the habitat and lives of the birds living in the Caribbean through research and education. The SCO publishes the Journal of Caribbean Ornithology.
- 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 who are drawn to ornithology.
- World Working Group on Birds of Prey
The WWGBP 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.