Above, Rough-legged Hawk © 2011 Paige Calamari, used with permission from Central Michigan Life.
This rough-legged hawk was released following rehabilitation at WRA. Note the feathers all the way to the toes. "Peaches" was so named for her peach colored underside.


Wildlife Recovery Association is dedicated to promoting the understanding, appreciation and protection of wild raptors and their connection with nature.



Wildlife Recovery Association was incorporated in 1979 to provide services for and about wildlife and promote a better understanding of their needs. We provide quality educational outreach programs with live birds of prey, participate in research and management programs to support rare and endangered species, and provide care for orphaned and injured hawks, owls, eagles, and falcons.



Education is Schools

Wildilfe Recovery Association travels to many schools to inspire students to pursue their goals in science, math, journalism, and the arts.

Our goals in education are primarily to help people understand, appreciate, and protect wild hawks, owls, eagles, and falcons, and their connection with all of nature. We also incorporate many science concepts into our school programs, inspiring students to learn more: to think critically, to write well, to sharpen observation skills, and to incorporate art, music, and journalism into their educational goals.



We provide rehabilitation services to injured and orphaned hawks, owls, eagles, and falcons.

Our veterinarian, Dr. White, has 30 years of experience working with birds of prey.  In addition, we   work with several veterinarians in various parts of Michigan.

Housing for recovering birds includes 5 flight cages from 30 feet in length to 100 feet.

A network of volunteers assists with transport of injured birds when necessary.

We often work with law enforcement agencies whose employees assist in the rescue of birds of prey.

We work with many law enforecement agencies such as conservation officers, police officers, and sheriff departments who assist in rescuing these incredible birds.

We work with many law enforecement agencies such as conservation officers, police officers, and sheriff deputies who assist in rescuing these incredible birds. In this photo, a conservation officer from northeastern Michigan captured and delivered to us an injured bald eagle. (Released in summer of 2015)



For almost 30 years, we assisted with the reintroduction of peregrine falcons at wild sites in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.  Now, we monitor peregrine nesting areas to ensure their continued ability to thrive and produce young peregrines.  We also encourage citizen science, projects such as nest box construction, and we support university research projects.

Thirty years of field research has helped tremendously in understanding these magnificent birds.  Here, a peregrine falcon flies past as we watch from the cliff.

Thirty years of field research has helped tremendously in understanding these magnificent birds. Here, a peregrine falcon flies past as we watch from the cliff.



























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Each year, The Wildlife Society of Central Michigan University takes a tour and volunteers time working with the birds. Many of our long-term volunteers get started at this event. Thanks, TWS for sharing your time. It was a beautiful day. Enjoy the photos! ... See MoreSee Less

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Thanks for all the donations of fish! This one is from a pastor in Jackson. Please keep them coming in..........they like whole fish best. ... See MoreSee Less

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Faces in Rehabilitation: We have many raptors coming in at this time, partly because hawks are flying through on migration, and partly because the young fledglings are now on their own, and are not always able to avoid trouble. Many cases are the result of vehicle strikes, but we don't always know the cause of the problems. If you do find an injured hawk, owl, eagle, or falcon, please report it as soon as possible, and do not attempt to do medical treatment unless you have experience with these birds. Call us for help at (989) 772-1538. ... See MoreSee Less

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Wow! We had a full weekend with programs at both the Chippewa Nature Center's BioBlitz and the annual HawkFest at Lake Erie Metropark. Thanks to all involved in setting up these programs, we reached many people with some of our beautiful ambassador birds. Enjoy some photos of these events. The collages are from photographer Deborah Lee at the Hawk Fest. (Thanks!) ... See MoreSee Less

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Join us at the WIZARD FEST this Saturday (9/10). We will be at Wirt Library at 11am, 1pm, and 3pm with owls, falcons, and more.
See you there!
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On the Road with Zorro, Sarah, Little Red, and many other Friends: We have again been traveling with our ambassador birds and thank the many program sponsors for supporting this program. Check out these photos from the State Fair in Escanaba, Upper Peninsula Forest Service programs, and Bay City State Park Recreation Area. ... See MoreSee Less

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The young owls have done a great job of learning to hunt and copying the behaviors of their foster parents. In this short video, you will see the young great horned owl that was fostered by Chirps, our ambassador great horned owl - as he is released. He was able to hunt mice in a large flight cage, and saw human faces only when he was moved to the flight cage. Otherwise he focused on Chirps and her owl behavior. She becomes a very feisty and protective mom when needed.

More updates when I can get to it; meanwhile we are doing many presentations throughout Michigan: Thank You to all who have sponsored programs over the summer. We have been very busy. If you would like to see a presentation, give us a call to know where the nest program will appear.

And...........if you are not a member, consider supporting our activities through our membership. For information, please take a look at our web site at ......and THANKS!
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It is hard to keep up with posting what we do - We have just finished another tour of the state, from the west side of the Upper Peninsula to the most southerly reaches along the Detroit River. Our ambassador birds did great - Hopefully will now have a short break! Thanks to all who have scheduled programs; more to show soon! ... See MoreSee Less

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A somewhat bittersweet moment, this video shows Snowman, the tiny baby screech owl, now just over a month old as he bonds with a puppet mom. Soon he will be introduced to a live foster parent screech owl mom. This small step prevents an association with humans and keeps the young birds very wild, very necessary for them to survive after release.

It is fascinating to watch as he communicates with the mom puppet. She will feed him now, and when he is with live foster parents, he will learn the music and calls of real screech owls.
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On Mother's Day, we gave the gift of motherhood to Chirps, our resident great horned owl. She is now a foster parent to the little nestling great horned owl that came in about a week ago. And just in case you can't read her body language, she is saying, "go away, I am better at this than humans". And we agree; She will do a great job of teaching this little one the correct behaviors; she will teach him to click and hiss at humans, to show defense posture, to make the right vocaliztions, and eventually, how to hunt. Thank you Chirps!

This post was put up on Mother's Day, but somehow, it was deleted (sorry!). Enjoy now! -Barb
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