Education
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Research
Sanctuary
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.

WHO WE ARE

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

 

Introduction

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

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.

 

REHABILITATION

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 enforcement 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)

 

RESEARCH, MANAGEMENT, AND MONITORING

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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Yesterday, coldest day of the year, and we had bluebirds. A small group of these insect eaters were feeding on American Bittersweet, a berry that often offers winter food for birds and other wildlife. This is a good time to look into plants that you might start this spring that will help many birds over the winter. In this case, we need to thank the late Jack Rogers Senior, Joe's dad, who planted these and many other plants on the sanctuary to provide for his favorite birds. ... See MoreSee Less

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Hawk and Horse: This hawk seemed to appreciate the mice that come in around the barn for spilled grain. Doesn't seem to mind the horse, and she tolerates him. We believe that this is one that was treated in Jackson for a broken foot, and released here by
CMU Wildlife Society. He is one of the many raptors that seek easier prey in barns where grain-eating livestock live. Not all of these situations work out so well, as in some of the dairy farms, the cattle are spooked, and the owl or hawk gets trampled. We have taken in several of those this year.
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Red-tailed Hawk Releases! We have taken in for care almost 100 birds of prey again this year - a few of the released red-tailed hawks are in the following photos. Enjoy! ... See MoreSee Less

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Have you ever seen a pileated woodpecker eat berries? Is this a treat ?...or is this a substiture for insect larvae that is difficult to find? ... See MoreSee Less

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Have you ever seen a pileated woodpecker eat berries? Is this a treat ?...or is there limited food available (insects, grubs, etc.)? Your thoughts? ... See MoreSee Less

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Just an update: The snowy owl from MBS International Airport has had her surgery and is doing well. Thanks to the guys from the MBS fire station who rescued her, to Dr. White, who did the surgery, and to TV5 news who are sharing the story. Thank you all. ... See MoreSee Less

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...and we were given a snowy owl. From MBS International Airport... this snowy had a fractured wing, and really needed help. And we are grateful for this gift and the opportunity to help her heal. ... See MoreSee Less

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Two more days...…….. and thank you to all who have already donated. When you do help out this way, you are providing funds for the care of many hawks, owls, eagles, and falcons - we care for almost 100 of these magnificent birds each year. And you assist with the funding of our educational programs - reaching about 30,000 people each year. If you use our paypal (on our web site at wildliferecovery.org under membership) your contribution is processed quickly, and will be matched through a grant from The Herbert H. and Grace A. Dow Foundation for the 2019 budget. Thank you soooo much! -Barb Rogers & Wildlife Recovery Association Team ... See MoreSee Less

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JUST 5 MORE DAYS! If you make a donation within 5 days that is new funding, it will be matched by The Herbert H. and Grace A. Dow Foundation for our 2019 budget. Please use Paypal on our web site (wildliferecovery.org) under membership for quick processing. THANKS! -Barb Rogers & Wildlife Recovery Association TEAM ... See MoreSee Less

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If you are going to the State Fair in Escanaba, we will be there with our Birds of Prey program ONLY on Friday, August 17th. Hope to see you there! -Barb ... See MoreSee Less

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