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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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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Our most recent - this is a great horned owl nestling. His eyes were still closed when found on the ground; they just opened a few days later. It is common for crows to take them by the wing tip and flip them out of the nest if the mom is not on the nest. She is sometimes scared off by people or loud noises, or may need to hunt if she has lost her mate. Crows leave the nest alone if she is there!

A word of caution - this is the species that is most often turned in unecessarily (when they can still be cared for by the parents). They often leave the nest four to six weeks before they can fly. Parents care for them on the ground, but will not come near if humans are nearby. They chase bugs and worms at night, and work their way up the trunk of a tree where they hide during the day.

In the case of this one pictured, he was too young to be out of the nest (eyes not even open yet), but we need to be careful not to encourage anyone to pick up these youngsters if they are old enough to be doing what is natural. -Barb
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A quick look at the baby barred owls. The puppet is almost done - their eyes are beginning to open, so just in time. Look at those long eyelashes!

If you are trying to donate, go to our web site at, then find memberhship in the menu.

More baby owls have come in - I will post soon.
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Thank you, thank you! We have begun to receive some contributions towards feeding baby owls. We need some help with this. Check out our new web site at - You can now use pay pal to donate or become a member. This will help tremendously in paying for their feed.

The two shown in this series are baby barred owls. They came in just a few days after the tiny screech owl and were turned in to the veterinary clinic, Aminal Medical Center. These came from a nest that was destroyed as the entire area was being cut down. These little guys really needed help, but they have voracious appetities. Please help them with their feed!
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My Earth Day gift to you........... a peek at a tiny owl snatched away from his home by a predator. I will try to give you updates as he grows. He was found on the forest floor; probably had been dropped as people approached. On his first day here, he was still curled as if in the egg. He had just hatched, and probably had not eaten yet. On the second day, he stretched out a little. Now, a week later, he is beginning to stand. Thanks to the people who brought him in, he has a good chance at a normal life as an owl.

We do need help with these little guys. We do not take in those that are still being cared for by the parents. Often they come out of the nest early, well before they can fly, and the parent birds continue to care for them. Those that do need help have quite an appetite.

Please help these baby owls by making a donation toward their feed. On the average, a young owl will require about $3 to $5 per day in feed cost. If everyone who looks at this post contributes just $10, we will have enough to cover the cost of all baby raptors this year. If you can donate even a small amount, please go to our web site (, go to the membership on the menu, and look for the place to donate or become a member. You can also mail in donations.

We really need your help to raise these little guys. They will be fed with a puppet owl, and raised with a live foster parent as they continue to grow.

We had two baby barred owls come in just three days after this one arrived. (This one is most likely a screech owl.)

Thanks for your help!

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Last night, a loon was brought to us from some very concerned people; this loon was found by the side of the road. Loons often land on tarvy parking lots after a rain because it looks like water - they are unable to fly from land, as they need a long stretch of water to run across before they can become airborne. In this case, the loon may have landed in a nearby field that was flooded.

The loon had only minor injuries, and needed to get back into the water as soon as possible. Loons easily become depressed when in captivity, and can injure themselves more from being housed in captivity than they were from the initial injury. We always recommend that they be released as soon as possible. She is now swimming happily in our flooded swamp where she can leave as soon as she is ready.

Thanks to all who love loons, and are willing to help through rescue, transport, funding, towel and blanket donations, as well as donations of time and volunteering. Many, many thanks to Joanne of Michigan Loon Preservation Association (MLPA) who coordinates all volunteers on the lakes (Loon Rangers) to provide protection for Michigan Loons. Please stay tuned for Joanne's video of this loon as we prepare for his release. Thank you, Joanne, and Michigan Loon Preservation Association!
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