What to do if you find an injured Raptor / Bird of Prey in NE Indiana, NW Ohio or SE Michigan
Please note that we do not accept mammals, reptiles, or song birds as we simply are not equipped to provide care for them. Please refer to the list below for non-Raptor issues.
- Indiana DNR list of licensed rehabilitators
- Ohio DNR list of licensed rehabilitators
- Michigan DNR list of licensed rehabilitators
Outside of those areas:
1. Make sure the Raptor / Bird of Prey is safe by:
Keeping it away from roads or highways
Keeping children and pets away
If possible, placing a box, basket or blanket over the bird
Do not attempt to give the bird water or food
2. If the raptor cannot be contained, keep it under observation.
3. Please call us for help at: 260-241-0134 Note: We are open from 7am until 7pm, but we answer the phone 24 hours/day.
If your call is after hours, we will return your call the next morning.
Do not attempt treatment unless instructed by us.
It is not against the law to provide immediate help for an injured bird (or other wildlife) until help arrives or the animal is taken to a licensed rehabber.
It is against the law to keep a bird (or other wildlife) without proper permits or notifying a licensed rehabilitator
If you are available to rescue and transport the bird to a local rehabber, you will need: heavy gloves, a blanket or sheet and a suitable box. You may try to cover the bird's head with the blanket to avoid further stressing the bird. Gently pick up the bird, keeping a close eye on its sharp talons and beak. A bird of prey's talons and beak can hurt! Place the bird securely in the box.
If you are unable to contact a licensed rehabilitator, contact local law enforcement .