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If you find an injured bird or one you might think is orphaned, give us a call or a wildlife facility in your area. 

In the mean time, please put the bird in a dark, warm, dry box. This is ​the best thing you can do for the bird and is the first treatment for shock.

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Birds brought to our center are examined and evaluated by our licensed staff to determine how best to proceed with medical care and rehabilitation. Using experience and established wildlife protocols,

our treatment begins in an ICU setting. Injuries requiring equipment and skills we cannot provide are treated by local veterinarians. Once stabilized, the patient will be moved out of the

ICU for rest, recovery, and preparation for release back to the wild.

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The time that each bird needs to recover in captivity varies from days to months. Once a bird has gained back its strength and is given a clean bill of health, it is ready to go back to the wild. SFRC releases animals into safe and compatible environments, taking into consideration the specific needs of

the species, including food and water sources, migratory patterns, and original habitat.

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If you would like to help us continue to provide aid to these animals, please consider donating. We would not be able to do our work without contributions. 

Thank you for helping us help these amazing animals!


Each bird in rehab is in a secure location with limited contact to keep them as wild as possible.

Each bird takes $3-$15 depending on the animal whether it be their size, species, or age. Babies cost more because they are eating at least double what an adult would. Please consider donating to help us get these animals fed and back to the wild where they belong.

Thank you. 

Left:Male Norther Harrier Hawk  

Right: One of 5 baby Norther Harrier Hawks.    

Northern Harriers are often referred to as Marsh Hawks.                 

Left: Norther Harriers starting to grow.  

Right: Getting released. This Northern Harrier flew straight up out of the box. 

Left: Black Crowned Night heron.  

Right: Ferruginous Hawk 

Left: Prairie Falcon    

Right: Golden Eagle James Dean being released. (See story below for more about James Dean.)

Left: Baby American Kestrel. These birds are the smallest falcon in North America. Until 2017, the baby kestrels that would come in would be fostered by Fidget, but when she passed, Skuddles became our newest foster parent for them.  

Right: This young girl wanted all of her friend and family to donate to help wildlife efforts. She was invited to help us release birds. Our volunteer Nirankar is helping her.

This Harris Hawk came in small enough to fit in the palm of a hand. She was then released back into the wild when she was ready. Wolfie did an excellent job fostering her and helping her prepare to be released. Harris Hawks live in family groups and are known as the wolfs of the sky. They are southern desert dwellers. 

Left: Osprey

Right: Juvenile Red-Tail Hawk 

Left: Swanson's Hawk Juveniles

Right: Saw-Whet Owl

Every year we get in many baby barn owls. Vientosa helps foster babies that have been orphaned so they can be released into the wild once ready. 

Any given summer Vientosa can foster anywhere between 2-15 babies at a time! 

Left: Long Eared Owl.

Right: Volunteer Margie Best helping prepare to do a large release.

Left: Santa Fe Raptor Center sign.

Right: Western Screech Owls

Left: Foster mom, Miss Puffs, with baby Great Horned Owl.  

Right: Greathorned Owl getting ready to be released. 

Left: Sitting on a fence after being released. 

Right: Getting ready to be released.

Golden Eagle Gets a Second Chance

Rehabilitation of James Dean

SFRC nursed a golden eagle back to life, giving it

a second chance for a "wild" life. He was almost killed after being  electrocuted by power lines near the White Sands Missile Range.

James Dean's Release

Actor Wes Studi teams with veterinarian Kathleen Ramsay, who volunteers her time and resources to SFRC, to release James Dean into the Rio Grande Gorge. Nursed back to health he has now taken to the sky near Taos.

(Video by Joan Livingston of The Taos News)

Powerful Talons

James Dean gets a new bandage on his damaged talon.

“Beauty appears when something is completely and absolutely and openly itself.”

Deena Metzger