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The Bird Rescue Center

A rehabilitation center for Sonoma County’s
wild native bird population

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 report

Red-Shouldered Hawk baby

Western Screech Owls: read the full report

Two baby Western Screech Owls

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.

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.

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 a couple of our birds is a fantastic way to make it all come alive for the kids!

For more information, please call 707/523-2473 to speak with our Education Coordinator.

Visitor days — come on out and meet the Ambassadors

Education Presentation at BRC's Outdoor ClassroomBird 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.

We can’t do this without you

Support the Bird Rescue Center

Your support is how we continue to provide the best possible service to the 2,500-3,000 native birds that come through our doors each year.

Every donation helps ensure the future of our of The Bird Rescue Center’s rehabilitation and educational programs. Any amount helps and together we really do make a difference.

• Become a member and receive our biannual newsletter
and BRC window decal.
Download membership form PDF.

• Become a Guardian for the resident raptor Ambassador of your choice. Guardianships make great gifts too!
Download Guardian form PDF.

• How about helping the birds out by purchasing an item or two from the Rehab hospital wish list?

General info

Hours of operation

Baby Bird Season hours have begun: 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


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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. Together we can make a difference.

Stay in touch

Join the BRC email list and receive periodic news, events info, training dates and more

Recent BRC newsletter — download

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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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