2015 Rescues, Rehab Updates, and Releases


YTD Intake chart

MARCH 2015


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Map of rescue locations in March 2015.

Birds currently in rehab


We released five (5) rehabilitated raptors in March, including this magnificent Golden Eagle (GOEA 21-15).

Not only is he a handsome adult male, but he also came with two surprises: he was banded and he was wearing a radio transmitter. This is only the third time in 27 years we’ve had this situation.

There has been a great deal of interest in this special bird. The one who banded him flew to Bozeman to see the Eagle, and a reconnaissance team flew over the area where the bird was rescued, spotting a female on a nest.

As you can see, he cleaned up quite well for his release on 3/19/15 and we’re sure his significant other is glad to see him.

It was quite a mix of raptors that were released this month: Golden Eagle (the biggest), Northern Saw-Whet Owl (very small) and a Merlin (rare for us to get).NSWO 5-15release

Northern Saw-Whet Owl (NSWO 5-15)
Attacked by a cat. Right knee skinned open, with abrasion under left wing
Admitted from: Butte 1/24/15







Coopers Hawk (COHA 139-14)
Unidentified trauma. Was unable to fly and had spinal/neurological damage.
Admitted from: Bozeman 9/20/14






GHOW 19-15 next to an adult

GHOW 19-15

Merlin  streaking away

Merlin streaking away

MERL 2-15Great Horned Owl (GHOW 12-15)
Collision with electrical line.
Limited eyesight, singed feathers around beak.
Admitted from: Bozeman 2/16/15
< ——–     Merlin (MERL 2-15) Was in some form of collision. Fractured right ulna. Admitted from: Bozeman 1/8/15 ——–>











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Map of rescue locations in February 2015.


Cause of Injury, February 2015.












February rescue calls by species:

1 Northern Saw-Whet Owl
3 Great-Horned Owls
2 Bald Eagles


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Great Gray Owl 170-15 Suffered broken left shoulder as a result of a car collision. admitted from Georgetown Lake on 12/1/14.

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Rough-legged Hawk 175-15 Suffered fractured right humerus as a result of a car collision near Fort Belknap on 12/9/14.   Read story.

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Northern Saw-Whet Owl 5-15 Struck a window and was then attacked by a cat on February 3, 2015. Admitted: Belgrade, 2/3/15






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Locations of Rescues in January 2015


January Rescue Calls by Species: 2 Northern Saw-Whet Owls 2 Merlins 2 Rough-Legged Hawks 1 Great-Horned Owl

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Rough-legged Hawk 7-15 came to MRCC on 1/28 with a badly fractured wing.

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Great-Horned Owl 6-15 is an adult female that suffered a fractured right humerus after colliding with a car near Glasgow.

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Northern Saw-Whet Owl 5-15 was attacked by a cat after striking a window.








Screen shot 2015-02-03 at 10.41.29 PMNorthern Saw-Whet Owl 4-15 collided with a car near Bozeman and died on site.





Screen shot 2015-02-01 at 7.00.40 PMRough-legged Hawk 3-15 was shot with a shotgun near Richey, suffering severe compound fractures in both wings. Sadly, the bird did not survive.






Screen shot 2015-02-01 at 10.02.38 PMFemale Merlin 2-15 suffered a broken ulna after colliding with an unknown object in Bozeman. She was wearing an anklet and likely escaped from a falconer.






Screen shot 2015-02-01 at 10.02.48 PMFemale Merlin 1-15 was the first rescue bird of 2015. She suffered injured carpels, probably after colliding with a vehicle west of Belgrade.