About Us

About Us

Our Mission

  1. Rescue, rehabilitation & release of injured wildlife.
  2. Presentation of environmental education programs using live birds of prey.
  3. Public outreach to individuals and organizations to appreciate wildlife in order to conserve it.

Releasing an Eagle

Jaye with a Red Tailed Hawk

Injured Fawn

Who We Are

The Northwest Raptor & Wildlife Center is a state-licensed 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization devoted to rehabilitating and caring for injured, orphaned, abandoned, or permanently incapacitated wildlife. With a special emphasis on caring for raptors (birds of prey), the Center is the Olympic Peninsula’s foremost wildlife rehabilitation and protection organization and is fully licensed and equipped to care for the needs of any endangered animal. The Center also specializes in promoting conservation of local habitat and wildlife by presenting environmental education programs and public outreach events using wild raptors.

The Northwest Raptor & Wildlife Center has been founded upon the peerless dedication and skill of its Director, wildlife advocate and raptor expert Jaye Moore. In addition to her work as a wife and a mother, Jaye has spent the last thirty years personally rescuing, nursing, and releasing tens of thousands of wild animals — including extremely dangerous predators such as bears, mountain lions, coyotes, and golden eagles. Jaye is internationally renowned for her role in reviving the bald eagle population of Washington and rewriting animal rehabilitation dogma by becoming the first person in history to successfully rehabilitate and release an adult elk.

Jaye built the current incarnation of the Northwest Raptor & Wildlife Center on the property of her family’s suburban home in Sequim, Washington, through her own labor and the support of a close-knit network of friends and volunteers. Operating on a shoestring budget that affords Jaye little time for relaxation or vacation, the Center is a labor of love dedicated to the service of Washington’s most defenseless residents that depends on the financial support of average citizens.

barn owl chick
baby duck intentionally wounded by terminator blowgun
Jaye examining barred owl
baby barred owl found out of nest
injured seagull

NW Raptor Center director, Jaye Moore, and Graywolf Veterinary Hospital vet tech Angela Burns, tend to shot bald eagle.

Temporary Otter den. We have a resident keeping an eye on them, and if mom comes back, everything should be fine. If not, we will come and get them.

Injured Goose.

Mother deers 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 deer fawns alone unless they are visibly injured or bleeding, and call us if you have any questions before interceding.

One of three baby Barn Owl chicks received in May 2012. Hay was being removed from a barn, they didn't know the nest was there, and the nest was destroyed

Injured fawn. Photo by Shawn Olesen

Young deer's left rear leg caught in a wire fence struggled for a long time, deep wounds to the bone.

Releasing eagles.

Baby River Otter #1. This one had been picked up by a dog, so it was covered in drool, but appeared to have no injuries. It was far out on the beach alone.

Dr. Tavares of Greywolf Veterinary Hospital in Sequim, examines their first patient of 2012 - a Cooper's Hawk brought to us from Forks. We believe this poor guy flew at high speeds into a window or building and he appears to be partially paralyzed. Dr. T will be doing x-rays, and if he is able to be rehabilitated, we will do our best to get him flying again.

The team of experts that healed the shot Bald Eagle.

Young Sharp Shinned Hawk hit a window and had head trauma.

Intentionally wounded tiny duckling. We believe we have identified the weapon of choice as a Terminator Blowgun. We also have received reports of kids and teenagers fishing at Lincoln Park who are intentionally striking ducklings when they cast their fishing lines. We need to identify animal abusers when they're young to prevent them from graduating to adults.

Jaye moving the juvenile Red-Tail (shot in the wing), to a larger enclosure where she can build the strength up in her wing, and hopefully be released. Photo by Dena.

Jaye examining the new Red-Tailed Hawk. It was clear he had been down on the ground for some time.

This fawn will be okay, but is really missing her mom. Unfortunately, she is just the first of probably several deer fawns we will get this season, most of whom will be unnecessarily picked up because people think they are abandoned. Mother deers 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 deer fawns alone unless they are visibly injured or bleeding, and call us if you have any questions before interceding.

Jaye examining a Barred Owl.

Recovering momma duck with ducklings. She was hit by a car.

American Kestrel (male) hit by a car.

Juvenile Sharp-Shinned Hawk - Hit a window, head trauma. The amazing Dr. Mike Tyler examines the hawk.

Injured Seagull.

Center director Jaye Moore and Dr. Jennifer Tavares of Greywolf Veterinary Hospital in Sequim tend to the wounded (shot) bald eagle.

Fawn on the mend.

Jaye and Dr. Tyler give the shot Bald Eagle a final checkup.

A bobcat that was trapped and brought to the Raptor Center. He was perfectly healthy and was released after a good meal.