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.

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We are now waiting for EGLE to make a decision as to whether or not METC will receive a permit.  If they are truly concerned about the environment and wetland habitat, they will not issue a permit.  Everyone did a great job of supporting this wetland.
We have asked that METC find a route for high voltage power lines that AVOIDS WRA wetlands and surrounding wetland habitat to help our cause by writing in your comments.  This type of high voltage transmission line kills millions of birds in the US each year, and wetlands that are filled with birds and rare species are the most deadly areas they can be placed.  The planned route crosses the flight path of bald eagles,  sandhill cranes, and many rare species such as least bittern, American Bittern, Trumpeter Swans, and hundreds of water birds.  American National Standards Institute states clearly that these power lines should NOT be placed in wetlands. 
We have observed over 140 species of birds, many of which are rare species.  We have two rare turtle species on the wetland:  Blandings Turtles, and Wood Turtles.  We have nesting bald eagles, red-shouldered hawks, red-headed woodpeckers, black-billed cuckoos, least bittern, and many other rare and sensitive wild friends who will not survive if these power lines are placed in the planned route.  There are other routes available that are far less damaging and do not pass by homes, businesses, or wetlands.  


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.  We also manage a wetland sanctuary to protect an ecosystem focused on rare and sensitive species.



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 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)



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.