Rescues can be traumatic whether a cute little Northern Saw-whet Owl flies into your kitchen window or a majestic Bald Eagle crashes through your windshield (literally).

They can also be sad if a bird has been orphaned, poisoned or entangled (see our Hazards page for more).

Juvenile Swainson's Hawk resting (actually panting heavily) during fledgling flight.

Juvenile Swainson’s Hawk resting (actually panting heavily) during fledgling flight.

But they also can be uplifting if the rescue doesn’t need to occur at all. Sometimes the raptor just needs to rest, particularly juveniles that are learning to fly while still gaining all their feathers. But whatever the case my be, please call the Montana Raptor Conservation Center or a licensed professional so they can determine the appropriate actions.

One quick thing you can do right now is put the MRCC phone number ((406) 585-1211) into your phone, so you will be prepared if you should ever run into a raptor in distress (see our Injured Raptor? page for more).

The Montana Raptor Center responds to calls from the North Dakota border to Idaho border. Over the last five years, MRCC has rescued birds from 149 communities across Montana.

The following chart shows the number of rescues over the last two years.


What this chart doesn’t show is the number of seriously injured birds that require surgery is up from last year, which means increased costs.