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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 licensed wildlife rehabilitation facility.
We cannot take in injured or abandoned wildlife.
The closest rehab facility in Kansas is Operation Wildlife (
You can also click here for Injured Wildlife information.

If you find an abandoned or injured raptor in Kansas, contact the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism at (620)231-3173.

Some Raptor-related Websites

Contact the Nature Reach Office

Delia Lister
Department of Biology
328 Heckert-Wells
Pittsburg State University
1701 South Broadway
Pittsburg KS 66762

Phone: 620-235-4727

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