• Western Screech-Owl
  • Two American Kestrels in Rapter Rehab
  • Raptor Rahab team working with Peregrine

Huge thanks to all who helped BRC make its ‘30 before 40’ fundraising goal of $30K!

In 2016, which is BRC’s 40th anniversary, this important work continues. Your donation may help an orphaned clutch of baby Anna’s Hummingbirds, a sick Golden Eagle or an injured Western Screech Owl; all real examples of the 3100+ individuals and 130 species we helped in 2015!

Or send your gift to: The Bird Rescue Center, PO Box 475, Santa Rosa CA 95402.

The Bird Rescue Center is a rehabilitation center for Sonoma County’s wild native birds. Our mission is to assist in the rescue, treatment and release of injured, orphaned or ill birds in the northern San Francisco Bay Area, and to educate the public regarding their ecological importance.

Northern Flicker male in outdoor rehab aviary at BRC

Two Northern Flicker (or “NOFL” in avian rehab circles) nestlings arrived at BRC this past summer. The first, admitted in late June, had fallen out of its nest. … read more →

Raptor Release team working on Peregrine falcon

Peregrine falcons are the fastest animals on earth, diving at speeds of 200 mph or more to strike prey in flight. This bird came to BRC with a broken right clavicle. … read more →

Northern Saw-Whet Owl

The small, precocious Northern Saw-Whet Owl (Aegolius acadicus, and “NSWO” in avian rehab circles) can be found… read more →

Red-tailed Hawk, Poppy

While it might not sound yummy to humans, frozen mice and rats are the natural diet for raptors… read more →

Northern Spotted Owl, showing right eye injury

In mid-September The Bird Rescue Center admitted an injured Northern Spotted Owl, a species we rarely see… read more →

With the New Year fast approaching, it’s time to think about booking a field trip to the Center in 2016, or we can bring our birds to you!… read more →

Found a bird? Here’s some basic guidelines to help with rescuing a bird —

baby-birdRemember, wild birds are not pets. They are naturally frightened of humans and it is also against the law to keep them in your home without a permit. As a rescuer of an injured or orphaned wild bird you play a very important role. It is essential that the bird receives professional care as soon as possible. With fractures and breaks, the longer the injury remains untreated, the more difficult it is to fix. Particularly with young birds, dehydration and starvation are quick to set in… read more →

Our resident raptors finally get their shot at stardom! We are very excited about a new video created by Alexandra Wayne and John Harper… read more →