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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OXBOW EAGLE PHOTOS - Here is a peek at him in recovery. ... See MoreSee Less

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THE OXBOW EAGLE - a bit of an update on this beautiful bird as well as the many new patients. During most of November we have been receiving one or two raptors each day that are in need of help. Very busy here, so my ability to respond to requests are slowed down a bit. Please be patient.

The Oxbow eagle is doing fine. We moved him to a warm room - about ten to twenty degrees warmer than outdoor temps, but in a secure place where he is comfortable. He is eating well and improving daily. Check through the photos of some of the other birds that we are caring for. These are just samples- we receive one or more birds every day.

It is a time to be thankful, and we are very, very thankful for all of your support, be it donations of towels, fish and other raptor food, or funds. Also thankful for those who set up programs and invite our ambassador birds, volunteers, and those who send us birds in need of help.

Most of the birds pictured in this album are on their way to complete recovery. If you turned in a bird, and need to know the outcome, please call us (989) 772-1538. We will respond as soon as possible.

Thank you, thank you!
Wildlife Recovery Association Team
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Wow! Give Michelle and Bruce a "like". Here is a note from Michelle: A visitor at Chippewa Nature Center reported an injured bald eagle on the property to the staff of CNC. Interpretive Naturalist Michelle Fournier and CNC caretaker Bruce Vaydik went out to investigate to see where and what condition the bird was in. After circling the Oxbow at CNC they found an adult bald eagle on the ground. When they got closer they could see that the bird couldn't fly and had difficulties using its left talons to perch. With nets and heavy gloves in hand, Michelle and Bruce were able to corral the bird into some thicker underbrush where the bird couldn't hop away. The eagle was caught and brought to DR. White at the Animal Medical Center for medical assessment and care. We're crossing our fingers at CNC that this magnificent bird will recover and be released back into the wild, but we know his/her best chance is with Joe and Barb Rogers of Wildlife Recovery Association. Here's hoping for a speedy recovery!

Thanks, Michelle and Bruce! Great photo - looks like a beautiful big female; we will do our best in rehabilitation! -Barb
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Christy, a new CMU volunteer works with Misty (Rough-legged Hawk) and feeds Sarah (Turkey Vulture) a tasty morsel. Thanks, Christy!
Rough legged Hawks can be seen during fall and spring migration, and sometimes during winter months in Michigan. They are an arctic nesting bird, and are one of the few hawks that can hover. This hover can be seen on our facebook page videos.
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This is the cover page for our 2017 calendar. It features Kathy, our ambassador red-tailed hawk who has been with us for over twenty years. We estimate her to be over 30 years old - and she is still beautiful. Thank you CMU Printing Services for your help with this calendar.

All members should be receiving their calendar soon; let us know if you have not received it. If you are not a member, you can purchase a membership and calendar for only $20. The funds from memberships are an incredible help for purchasing food for the birds, and to keep the program costs low. Schools can use this help; there are many schools that would like the program, but are on a thin budget. So please join us - it is a great time to become a member! See our web site for details at
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Thank you Channel 25 News Team with Ahmad Bajjey! Great teamwork to put together four segments featuring Sparkle, Little Red, Boo, Zorro, and a demonstration of how flight works. We really appreciate this effort.

If you are viewing this last posting, please be sure to scroll down to see all 4 segments of the show. ENJOY!
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Capturing Mud:

We were called on a young eagle that was below a nest tree on a quiet lake in Gladwin County - she appeared to have a wing injury. We arrived shortly after dawn just to look over the situation. We had been warned that we would not be able to get a canoe onto shore near the eagle, and that it would be difficult to come in from the other side of the lake. Despite all that was against a rescue, we were able to bring her in with the help of our Joey pup. Take a look at this story.............More updates coming soon. I am far behind on keeping up with these postings. Please be patient.
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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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