New Mexico's Pet Resource SPRING 2007



A prairie falcon says Im ready to go.

Mission of the group:

The Santa Fe Raptor Center assists in the rehabilitation, release and preservation of New Mexico’s native wild birds. The Raptor Center’s special focus is on the treatment of injured and orphaned birds of prey.

Brief history of the group:

The Santa Fe Raptor Center was organized in the spring of 2004. Although a relatively new organization, the combined experience of its four founding members adds up to 50 years of involvement in the rehabilitation of wild birds and their use in public education. The Raptor Center is fully licensed for these purposes by the U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the New Mexico Game and Fish Department.

How many animals do you take in every year?

In 2006, 201 wild songbirds were cared for by the Center’s rehabbers. Of these, 110 were released into appropriate environments. Nineteen raptors (injured or orphaned) were taken in, and eleven of them were released back into the wild.

For example, a two-ounce adult Flammulated Owl broke his wing just before he was found last summer in a driveway near his Ponderosa pine tree home. Birds’ broken bones often heal remarkably fast. The Flam was flight tested, banded and released within a month – just in time to fatten up on insects before his fall migration to Mexico.

How do you accomplish the educational purpose of your group?

An important part of the Santa Fe Raptor Center’s purpose is education. Our nonreleasable raptors are the close-up focus of presentation at schools and other interested groups. This promotes an intimate appreciation, understanding and respect for the wildlife around us. In 2006, the Center’s five nonreleasable raptors took part in 76 programs in various venues. These programs touched almost 3,200 children and 7,100 adults. The Santa Fe Raptor Center’s programs are free of charge in northern New Mexico. They can be booked by calling (505) 662-7597.

What do you need in terms of volunteers, goods, services, etc.?

Deli-Cat dry cat food
Good quality finch seed
Good quality canned dog food
VitalHN nutrition powder
Hypotear eye drops
GenTeal lubricant eye gel
9” x 12” manila envelopes
39 cent and 24 cent postage stamps
Fiberglass insect screening
Computer paper
      Nonreleasable burrowing owl meets a fan.

Both the Federal and the New Mexico State governments prohibit the caring for or keeping of our wild native birds by private individuals. Wild birds require specialized care and food suitable to their particular species.

The future of many temporarily dependent wild birds has been irreparably compromised by being fed improper diets or by being imprinted (to lose their fear of humans) by sympathetic, but inexperienced and untrained, people.

Moreover, wild songbirds and native raptors do not make good pets. Successful care of injured or orphaned native wild birds requires the knowledge of a rehabber associated with a licensed facility.

PETroglyphs thanks Laura Swartz for her help in providing information on the Santa Fe Raptor Center. If you have questions or concerns about a possibly injured or orphaned wild bird, you can call the Santa Fe Raptor Center at (505) 699-0455 (Santa Fe) or (505) 662-7418 (Los Alamos) for assistance.

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What is man without the beasts? If all the beasts were gone, men would die from a great loneliness of spirit. For whatever happens to the beasts, soon happens to man. All things are connected. - Chief Seattle

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