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What Should I Do If I Find A Raptor?
Many people are unsure about what to do if they find a raptor in need of help. Because all raptors are protected by law, it is important that you do not try to heal or raise a raptor yourself. Many of the young raptors people find are not orphans. At the fledgling stage, a young bird will exercise its wings vigorously and may fall out of the nest. Intense storms may also blow young birds from the nest.
If you find a young bird, look for a nest and carefully place the bird back in it or as close to it as possible. Its parents will probably continue to care for it. Watch from a distance, and if you do not see the parents after a couple of days, contact the proper agency.
Nature Reach is no longer a rehabilitation facility. The closest rehab facility in Kansas is Operation Wildlife (www.owl-online.org).
If you find an abandoned or injured raptor in Kansas, contact the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks at (620)231-3173.
Some raptor-related web-sites
Carolina Raptor Center [http://www.carolinaraptorcenter.org/]
Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology [http://www.birds.cornell.edu/]
George Miksch Sutton Avian Research Center [http://www.suttoncenter.org/]
Hawk Mountain Sanctuary [http://www.hawkmountain.org/]
Hawk Watch International [http://www.hawkwatch.org/home/]
Peregrine Fund and World Center for Birds of Prey [http://www.peregrinefund.org/]
Raptor Rehabilitation Project (College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Missouri) [http://www.raptorrehab.missouri.edu/injured.html]
Raptor Research Foundation [http://raptorresearchfoundation.org/]
Southeastern Raptor Rehabilitation Center [http://www.vetmed.auburn.edu/index.pl/raptor/]
University of Minnesota Raptor Center [http://www.raptor.cvm.umn.edu/]