What’s in a number? TRC admits its 30,000th patient, marks a milestone in decades of data-driven care

On Jan. 1, 1974, a northern goshawk suffering from a wing injury after being shot was admitted as the first official patient to The Raptor Center’s (TRC) veterinary clinic.

Letter from the director

As the year comes to a close, we have more to be thankful for than ever before. It has been an incredibly challenging year with an unprecedented outbreak of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) hitting our wild birds harder than we have ever seen.

In memory of Nero

Beloved turkey vulture ambassador Nero, one of the oldest known turkey vultures in North America, passed away on April 19, 2022 at 47 years of age. He had a lasting impact on conservation and our understanding of his species, and inspired hundreds of thousands as an education ambassador. Nero will be dearly missed.

Letter from the director

This issue of Raptor Release is all about "animal welfare." But just what does that mean and how do we practice that at The Raptor Center? We're excited to bring you this edition of Raptor Release as we are leading the charge in best practices in animal welfare.

Beyond raptors: P4W and the expansion of excellence

The Partners for Wildlife (P4W) grant-funded initiative, founded at The Raptor Center (TRC) in 2018, holds excellence in animal care as its core mission and aims to spread that mission beyond TRC and its avian patients.

Join the flock and help us provide expert animal care all year round

The Raptor Center is leading the way caring for raptors in need thanks to our outstanding community of supporters.

Venturing into the unknown: geriatric raptor care

Raptors that are permanently under human care frequently outlive their wild counterparts. This leads to geriatric health issues that we don't see in wild birds. The Raptor Center is committed to researching and setting the standard for caring for these unique health concerns in older raptor ambassadors.

A team effort to expand our mission

As The Raptor Center (TRC) looks to make larger impacts on animal welfare, raptor medicine, and ecosystem health on a global scale, it relies on a world-class team of experts.

Training to Teach: Raptors undergo a thorough process to take wing as educational ambassadors

Raptors undergo a thorough process to take wing as educational ambassadors. See what it takes to train raptors for this unique role, including exclusive video of some of these techniques.

Raptor Spotlight: Samantha

Meet Samantha, a 30+ year old subarctic great horned owl that has been with The Raptor Center since 1992.