Ojai Raptor Center


First: Observe!

Is the animal really in need of help? Are its parents nearby. Is it injured? Is it sick?

We receive quite a few healthy animals that are just learning to fly. Sometimes the first flight lands them in a bad area and they need help getting back to a safe spot. If a bird looks healthy and its parents are nearby, you can try to put it back in a shrub or tree. (Dogs and cats pose a serious threat to a downed bird, so do remove it from harm's way.) Then observe the parents to make sure they are feeding their chicks.

If the bird is too young to fly or injured, then it will need assistance. Carefully place the bird in a box filled with towels or shredded paper. Keep it warm, dry, quiet and in the dark until you can reach a rehabilitator. Do not try to feed it. Your first instinct may be to feed a baby, but each species has specific dietary requirements. If an animal is emaciated or dehydrated, feeding it could cause internal damage. However, a small amount of water is okay.

These are wild animals. Their teeth or talons are sharp weapons. When approaching a large raptor or mammal, take precautions to protect yourself. Wear gloves or use a towel or blanket to throw over the animal. Contain it as quickly as possible. And be careful, many birds striking distance is farther than you think. If you feel the animal is too dangerous to handle, call for assistance:

More information about raptor emergencies

Who To Call

For raptors call ORC's hotline 805.667.4546

For other wildlife call:

Wildlife Care of Ventura County 805.498.2794

Wildlife Rehabilitation

Ventura Animal Regulation 805.388.4341

Humane Society of Ventura County 805.646.6505

For Hummingbirds, Beth Garcia

OJAI RAPTOR CENTER (ORC) is a 501(c) (3) nonprofit corporation, licensed by California State Fish & Game and U.S. Federal Fish & Wildlife. The Center is funded entirely through private donations.