There is no way to prepare for helping a wild animal in distress. Consult the Rocky Mountain Raptor Program before attempting to handle an injured raptor. Raptors can cause severe injuries, even when they are hurt and sick.

If you have found a potentially injured or orphaned raptor or have a question about a possible rescue situation, please contact RMRP so we may help you determine what to do next.

  • 24/7: Call the Raptor Emergency phone number at (970) 222-0322.
  • Monday–Friday, 9am–5pm: Call our office at (970) 484-7756.
    If possible, take a photo so you can sent it to the RMRP after your call to help our staff identify the species.
  • If you find a dead raptor, please call RMRP for information on what to do.

Common Nighthawk – not a raptor.

Injured raptors require immediate specialized care. Any delay reduces the bird’s chance of recovery and release. Licensed wildlife rehabilitators are dedicated to healing sick and injured animals and raising orphaned youngsters with the goal of returning them to their natural home. They are licensed by state and federal agencies. RMRP is a licensed raptor rehabilitation facility.

Note: Sometimes we receive common nighthawks or songbirds on the ground or injured.  These are not raptors and we are not licensed to care for them at RMRP. Please call your local humane society.  In Weld County, call (970) 506-9550.  Or call the Colorado Parks & Wildlife Fort Collins Office at (970) 472-4300.

For more information about what to do during a Bird Emergency visit:

When to take action
How to handle an injured raptor
Transporting an injured raptor