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Injured or Found Birds

Please refer to the following contact options depending upon the circumstances if you have questions or need guidance about orphaned, apparently injured or ill, or potentially nuisance birds of prey (raptors). The Raptor Research Center focuses on research and education, and does not provide wildlife rescue services.

The following contact information was last updated in June 2020.

Found chicks or nestlings:

If raptor chicks or nestlings are found out of a nest, attempt to locate the nearby nest and replace them in the nest if it is accessible. If the nest is not accessible, place young raptors in nearby cover for the parents to find.

Apparently injured or ill birds:

    • U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
      Columbia-Pacific Northwest (Legacy Region 1)
      Permit Office: 503-872-2715 | permitsr1mb@fws.gov
    • Idaho Department of Fish and Game – See Office/Region Locations for local contact info
    • Ruth Melichar Bird Center – 208-338-0897 (Hotline number)
      4650 N. 36th St., Boise
    • Animals in Distress Association – 208-367-1026

Federally Permitted Idaho Rehabilitators:

  • Ada County

    • Boise: Jennifer Jill Rockwell – 208-571-3555
    • Boise: Mady E. Rothchild – 208-344-0468
    • Star: Sawtooth Raptor Sanctuary, Inc. – 208-841-7579
  • Bannock County

    • Chubbuck: Leslie Lee Schwindt – 208-530-0819
    • Pocatello: Kasey Lee Wozniak – 219-973-3769

    Benewah County

    • Saint Maries: Birds of Prey Northwest – 208-245-1367

    Bonner County

    • Clark Fork: American Heritage Wildlife Foundation – 208-266-1488

    Canyon County

    • Middleton: James Orville McKinley – 208-585-2203

    Latah County

    • Moscow: Ryan Gainor Law – 208-596-4004

    Lemhi County

    • Salmon: Kristi Susan Eichner – 406-381-3325

    Teton County

    • Driggs: Teton Wildlife Rehabilitation Center – 919-412-6901

    Twin Falls County

    • Kimberly: Julie Randell – 208-423-4268

    Valley County

    • McCall: Snowdon Wildlife Sanctuary, Inc. – 208-634-8050

    Immediate Medical Treatment:

    Contact one of the following if you cannot reach a nearby rehabilitator and a bird appears to be in need of immediate medical treatment. Veterinarians are authorized to do basic triage, stabilization, and transfer, but not rehabilitation without a rehabilitation permit.

    • Treasure Valley Veterinary Hospital
      2600 S. Meridian Rd., Meridian
      888-4844
    • Long Valley Vet Clinic – Janet Houlihan
      13712 Highway 55, McCall
      634-2660

    Potentially Nuisance Birds:

    Contact the following agencies with questions, permit requests, and reports regarding a raptor that is considered aggressive, a nuisance, or a potential threat.

    • U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
      Columbia-Pacific Northwest (Legacy Region 1)
      Permit Office: 503-872-2715 | permitsr1mb@fws.gov
    • Idaho Department of Fish and Game – See Office/Region Locations for local contact info
    • U.S. Department of Agriculture Wildlife Services – Toll-Free Number 1-866-4USDAWS
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