Learn More About the Birds and Animals
on the Olympic Peninsula

EAGLES

Eagles Reunited

Sparky, Recovered Bald Eagle Released, Reunited with Mate near Port Angeles PORT ANGELES — Sparky, the bald eagle electrocuted in March 2017 by a 7,200-volt power line west of Port Angeles, has been released back to the wild and returned to his mate.  “It was beautiful,” said Jaye...

New 100ft Eagle Enclosure

Exciting news! We are thrilled to announce that our 100 foot eagle enclosure will be arriving in Port Townsend next weekend! Huge thank you to all of our volunteers, artists and musicians who gave their time and talent for our recent fundraiser, '100 Feet to Freedom', which raised $5,000 toward our goal. Thank you to all of you...

Bald Eagle Shot 12-15-2010

Bald Eagle Shot December 15th, 2010 Makes National Headlines. SEQUIM -- A juvenile bald eagle shot near Beaver is under round-the-clock care, said a spokesman for the Northwest Raptor & Wildlife Center.  The young male eagle was shot in the left wing, said Matthew Randazzo on Saturday. Shooting a bald...

I Died Today

DO NOT USE POISON TO KILL RATS AND MICE Please.  Save a precious life today.  It only takes one share to spread the word. I died today. I was found by a kind, sweet woman who does wildlife rescue. I was so sick, I could barely open my eyes. She took me inside, cradling me in her warm arms, and made me warm and comfortable. I opened my eyes and looked at her and thanked her...
FALCONS and HAWKS

Peregrine Falcon

The peregrine falcon (Falco peregrinus), also known as the peregrine, and historically as the duck hawk in North America, is a widespread bird of prey in the family Falconidae. A large, crow-sized falcon, it has a blue-grey back, barred white underparts, and a black head. As is typical of bird-eating raptors, peregrine falcons are sexually dimorphic, females being considerably larger than males. The peregrine is renowned for its speed, reaching over 320 km/h (200 mph)...

I Died Today

DO NOT USE POISON TO KILL RATS AND MICE Please.  Save a precious life today.  It only takes one share to spread the word. I died today. I was found by a kind, sweet woman who does wildlife rescue. I was so sick, I could barely open my eyes. She took me inside, cradling me in her warm arms, and made me warm and comfortable. I opened my eyes and looked at her and thanked her...
BARN OWLS

Barn Owls Info

The Barn Owl is a pale, long-winged, long-legged owl with a short squarish tail. Generally a medium-sized owl, there is considerable size variation across the subspecies.  The Barn Owl measures about 25–50 cm (9.8–20 in) in overall length, with a wingspan of some 75–110 cm (30–43 in).  Adult body mass is also variable, ranging from 187 to 800...

Baby Season Is Here

Baby season has begun at the center! Our surrogate parents are doing a fantastic job, the barn and two barred owl babies are doing really well, as are the dozen ducklings and baby goose. We are in need of donations to continue...

I Died Today

DO NOT USE POISON TO KILL RATS AND MICE Please.  Save a precious life today.  It only takes one share to spread the word. I died today. I was found by a kind, sweet woman who does wildlife rescue. I was so sick, I could barely open my eyes. She took me inside, cradling me in her warm arms, and made me warm and comfortable. I opened my eyes and looked at her and thanked her...
BARRED OWLS

Barred Owls

The Barred Owl (Strix varia) is a large typical owl native to North America. It goes by many other names, including Eight Hooter, Rain Owl, Wood Owl, and Striped Owl, but is probably best known as the Hoot Owl based on its call.   The adult is 40–63 cm (16–25 in) long with a 96–125 cm (38–49 in) wingspan....

Barred Owl Weekend

Sequim - Two barred owls seriously injured in collisions with cars in late 2010 will be given another chance at life in the wild thanks to the Northwest Raptor & Wildlife Center. The Sequim-based wildlife rescue and rehabilitation nonprofit has announced that it will make...

Baby Season Is Here

Baby season has begun at the center! Our surrogate parents are doing a fantastic job, the barn and two barred owl babies are doing really well, as are the dozen ducklings and baby goose. We are in need of donations to continue...

I Died Today

DO NOT USE POISON TO KILL RATS AND MICE Please.  Save a precious life today.  It only takes one share to spread the word. I died today. I was found by a kind, sweet woman who does wildlife rescue. I was so sick, I could barely open my eyes. She took me inside, cradling me in her warm arms, and made me warm and comfortable. I opened my eyes and looked at her and thanked her...
OTHER OWLS

Western Screech Owl

Meet "Screech."  The Western Screech Owl (Megascops kennicottii) is a small owl native to North and Central America, closely related to the European Scops Owl and the North American Eastern Screech Owl. The scientific name commemorates the American naturalist Robert Kennicott. Screech is a permanent resident of the NWRC and a teaching bird. Call The primary call is an accelerating series of short whistles at an...

I Died Today

DO NOT USE POISON TO KILL RATS AND MICE Please.  Save a precious life today.  It only takes one share to spread the word. I died today. I was found by a kind, sweet woman who does wildlife rescue. I was so sick, I could barely open my eyes. She took me inside, cradling me in her warm arms, and made me warm and comfortable. I opened my eyes and looked at her and thanked her...
OTHER BIRDS

Seagull with Dart

One of our Followers was out at Ediz Hook today and saw this Seagull with a blow dart thru its leg. Here is what she told us about it. This Kind of thing is so uncalled for.  Makes me sad - Linda) I don’t know if you’ve already been...
BOB CATS - COUGAR - PUMA - LYNX

Bobcats

A Native American Cat The bobcat (Lynx rufus) is a North American cat that appeared during the Irvingtonian stage of around 1.8 million years ago (AEO). Containing 12 recognized subspecies, it ranges from southern Canada to central Mexico, including most of the contiguous United States. The bobcat is an adaptable predator that inhabits...

Bobcat Kittens

Juvie Bobcats These two were accidentally trapped in Clallam County. Ther wwer held at the NWRC for Observation and given LOTS of food and water so they could be released back to the wild. Another Success Story ~~Linda More About Bobcat Kittens The female raises the young alone. One to six, but usually two to four, kittens are...
COYOTES and FOXES

Goodbye Wiley Coyote

This past Monday, June 12, 2017,  we said good-bye to our long time friend, Wiley the coyote. As a pup, he had wandered into a garage in Poulsbo. He was with Jaye for 14 years and was a huge part of the center, loved by all of us and will be deeply missed. Wiley, you are...

Coyotes

The coyote is a canid native to North America. It is smaller than its close relative, the gray wolf, and slightly smaller than its other close relatives, the eastern wolf and the red wolf. The species is versatile and able to adapt to environments modified...
DEER and ELK

Abondoned Fawns

Fawns Are Not Abondoned Mother deer intentionally leave their fawns alone for hours at a time for their own protection and education. They only “abandon” them once humans take them. Leave fawns alone unless they are visibly injured or bleeding, and call us if you have any questions...

Roosevelt Elk

Roosevelt or Olympic Elk The Roosevelt Elk (Cervus Canademsosi), also known as the Olympic Elk is the largest of the four surviving subspecies of elk in North America.  They live in the rain forests of the Pacific Northwest and were introduced to Kodiak, Alaska's Afognak and Raspberry Islands...

Black-tailed Deer

Deer are browsers. During the winter and early spring, they feed on Douglas-fir, western red cedar, red huckleberry, salal, deer fern, and lichens growing on trees. Late spring to fall, they consume grasses, blackberries, apples, fireweed, pearly everlasting, forbs, salmonberry, salal, and maple. The mating or 'rutting' season occurs during November and early December. Bucks can be observed running back and forth across the roads in...
RACCOONS

Jazz Forever in Our Hearts

Hello and Happy February to all of our Loyal Followers. It is with heavy heart I have to bring the news of a major loss to the Northwest Raptor & Wildlife Center. January 26th we lost our long time resident Raccoon "Jazmine". She was always so fun to...
OTHER MAMMALS

Mammels Found on the Olympic Pennisula

Below is a list of mammals (excluding species that live in the ocean) that have been seen in Olympic National Park. Some of the species below, like river otters and beaver, may spend much of their life in water but den outside of the water. A=Abundant; C=Common; CL=Common locally; U=Uncommon; UL=Uncommon...