• Northern Saw Whet Owl / Giving Tuesday graphic

We are 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 Saw-Whet Owl

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

Red-tailed Hawk, Poppy

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

Bird mural photo (detail)

For years, the 10′ x 24′ exterior wall of “The Spa,” the big Rehabilitation mews in the Raptor Compound at BRC, has been a stark white expanse… read more →

BRC’s outdoor classroom

With the holidays 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 →