Take a walk on the wild side at Carolina Raptor Center's Raptor Trail.
Catch wonder by the tail with our formal and informal education programs. Children 3 to 93 will delight the science and natural history of 38 raptor species and how they have inspired human invention.
Staff and volunteers at this hidden hospital in the woods treats over 900 injured and orphaned birds a year – more than any other US raptor center. Over 70% are released back into the wild!
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Volunteer Anne Steinert and CRC staffer Mathias Engelmann capture a Peregrine Falcon under the dome at One Wells Fargo. Photo by Michele Miller Houck
Help! I found an injured raptor. What do I do?
Is it really a raptor? What is a raptor?
To browse raptor species and check to make sure your bird is a raptor, browse our Raptor Directory.
Is it a fledgling or nestling?
Please see this page for more info on young raptors.
Is the raptor injured?
Determine that, in fact, the raptor is injured. If the raptor does not fly away when it is approached by humans and it does not have food (raptors may not fly away from people if they are protecting their food or babies), then it is more than likely injured. Be prepared to follow the capturing instructions that are listed below.
How to capture/handle an adult injured raptor:
Items you need: thick towel or blanket, leather work gloves, safety glasses if available, a box or plastic dog kennel.
Please do not keep the bird any longer than necessary. Do not attempt to rehabilitate the raptor (or any wild animal) on your own. Raptors are federally protected under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act of 1918, and it is illegal to keep raptors without proper permits. The sooner the bird receives medical care by a licensed rehabber, the better the chances of successful treatment. We are capable of caring for their medical, nutritional, and housing needs.
If you find a baby raptor (nestling)... More info.
If you find an injured songbird... More info.
If you find other injured wildlife... More info.