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The Bird Rescue Center

A rehabilitation center dedicated to
Sonoma County’s native wild bird population

Raising the Roof for our Resident Raptors!

Dear Members, Volunteers and Friends of BRC:
The Bird Rescue Center, along with Eagle Scouts from Santa Rosa’s Troop 32, invite you to help us undertake a very special project: a new Resident Raptor Care Facility.

Raising the Roof for our Resident Raptors!: fundraising appeal photo

The project begins on June 25 with removing a small, leaky structure in the Center’s Raptor Compound and replacing it with a somewhat larger version. This building is where all of the food preparation, health exams and other evaluations and procedures are performed for our 21 resident raptors. These amazing birds of prey — non-releasable due to their injuries — are the backbone of our extensive Community Outreach and Education programs which reach thousands of local children and adults each year.

Most of the labor to do the tear-down and building will be donated. However, we need additional materials to build the structure, and cabinets, drawers, countertops and a sink to equip the interior. We are contacting local stores such as Home Depot, Friedman’s and other suppliers to see if they will donate or give us significant discounts on materials.

If you have any personal connections with this type of business that we could contact, please call Cindy Morey, our Education Program Coordinator and RRCF Project Manager, directly at 650 387-4291. We can provide a letter to potential business donors outlining the project and its importance to the Bird Rescue Center, along with a “Wish List” of needed materials.

Resident Raptor Care Facility Donation

In addition to providing possible contacts, if you care to help cover some of these costs by making a tax-deductible donation, we would be very appreciative! Click the button above or contact Cindy Morey at 650 387-4291 or via email: brceducation@sonic.net.

We’re starting soon, so time is of the essence! On behalf of our resident raptors and the nearly 3,000 injured, ill or orphaned wild native birds that come through our doors every year, we thank you for your consideration and ongoing support.

Visitor days! Come on out and meet our Ambassadors

Visitors Day: Poppy and Michelle

Bird Rescue Center is open to the public on the first Saturday and third Sunday of every month from 10am-1pm (unless it’s a major holiday). Come by and meet our 21 resident raptor Ambassadors. It’s a tremendous opportunity to see these beautiful wild birds up close. Photography of the birds is permitted while keeping a safe distance.

Please note that the Visitor Day on Sunday June 21 will be cancelled while we prepare for construction of our new Resident Raptor Care Facility.

Education Program — meet the raptors

Education Presentation at BRC's Outdoor Classroom

A major part of the BRC’s mission is education. Throughout the year we give many presentations both at the Center and offsite, for schools, public events and organizations. Our ambassador raptors amaze kids and adults alike!

Are you an educator with a classroom full of kids who would thrill at attending a presentation with our Ambassador birds? Is your class studying owls? A presentation with two or three of our birds is a fantastic way to make it all come alive for the kids!

Get more info: email Education Coordinator Cindy Morey or leave a message at 707/523-2473.

Reuniting young raptors with their parents presents unique challenges

Here are two stories, one about a recent renesting and foster placement in Kenwood for a baby Red-Shouldered Hawk, and the other about a renest and reunite of two Western Screech Owls at Chalk Hill Winery.

Red-Shouldered Hawk: read the full reportRed-Shouldered Hawk baby

Two baby Western Screech Owls Western Screech Owls: read the full report

General info

Hours of operation

Baby Bird Season is upon us! Spring-Summer hours are now in effect: 8am to 7pm. The Center is open seven days a week, 365 days a year. Phone: 707/523-2473.

Emergency Rescue Info

If you have found a bird needing assistance, please bring it to The Bird Rescue Center during our public hours.

If you have found a bird needing assistance after hours and can keep the injured bird overnight, please follow these instructions:

  • •  Do not give the bird food or water.
  • •  Place the bird on a towel in a cardboard box, cover the box with another towel and place it in a warm, dark, quiet place away from animals overnight.
  • •  In the morning, bring the bird to the Center as soon as possible.

Our Location


Our purpose is to assist the public in the rescue of injured, orphaned or ill birds. We are the only all-bird wildlife rescue center in our area. Our headquarters and primary care facilities are located in Santa Rosa, CA. We provide service throughout the North San Francisco Bay Area.

We hope the information provided here will help you learn more about how to help rescue a bird in distress. We depend on the volunteer support and contributions of caring individuals like you and hope you will also explore the ways you can get involved with us. Please consider becoming a member!.

Together we can make a difference.

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Happy Earth Day: BRC awarded for
34 years of service

photo of BRC people, Ambassadors and Supervisors

On Earth Day, Tuesday, April 22, Bird Rescue Center was awarded a Gold Resolution by the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors, in honor of 34 years of service for injured, orphaned or sick wild, native birds of Sonoma County.

Pictured here, are two of our resident ambassador owls, Toots, a northern pygmy-owl, and Jazz, a great horned owl, who made an appearance, with their handlers Dave Laurice and Gloria Heinzl. Jeremy Nichols, Chairman of our Board of Directors, introduced the birds, accepted the formal resolution and expressed our gratitude to the Supervisors.

Here at Bird Rescue Center, we like to think that everyday is Earth Day.

Photographic art benefactor, Hughes Goodwin

Hughes Goodwin is a longtime BRC member, generous donor (and now a Board Member), dating back to when he dedicated a membership in memory of his late son, Evan.

Resident Ambassador Barn Owl, Garbo. Photo by Hughes Goodwin

He has traveled the world, photographing wildlife and wild landscapes with a heartfelt eye towards the beauty and fragility of the natural world. Hughes has a special interest in our work at the Center, and over time has created some beautiful portraits of our resident raptor ambassadors.

He has generously offered to give 100% of the proceeds from the sale of this artwork to The Bird Rescue Center. He has also donated several of these raptor portraits, reproduced on a variety of materials such as ceramic tiles and glass, that are now available to members and visitors.

To view the entire collection of his incredible photography visit pedrogoodwinphotography.com. 100% of the proceeds from the sale of any artwork you order will be directed to The Bird Rescue Center if you mention our name when ordering any of his prints. We are deeply grateful for such generosity and appreciate your support.

View a slideshow of his evocative portraits of our resident raptor ambassadors.

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