Learn More About the Birds and Animals
on the Olympic Peninsula

EAGLES

Juvenile Bald Eagle Cleaned and Released

September 18, 2018 Saturated and fatigued, this juvenile bald eagle was brought in today from Neah Bay, where he was found in the marina. We bathed him with dawn dish soap to get the oil out. Now, it will be rest, lots of food and flight time for this season’s eagle before he is released.

Injured Bald Eagle

November 28, 2017 This bald eagle came in on Monday with some head and wing injuries and is being carefully nursed back to health.

Eagles Reunited

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 Moore, executive director of the Sequim-based Northwest Raptor and Wildlife Center. “We couldn’t have asked for anything better.”  SPARKY RELEASED

New 100ft Eagle Enclosure

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.

Bald Eagle Shot 12-15-2010

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.

The eagle — a very young bird born this summer — was found in a field near Beaver on Wednesday, Randazzo said.

FALCONS and HAWKS

Swainsons Hawk

The Swainson’s hawk is a raptor and a medium-sized member of the genus Buteo. It broadly overlaps in size with the red-tailed hawk (B. jamaicensis), a related species found as a breeding resident almost throughout North America. Swainson’s hawk is on average a little shorter in length,17–22 in. long, and weighs a bit less,

Turkey Vultures – Goshawks Released

August 30, 2018 – Today, two turkey vultures were released back into the wild after rehabilitation at the center.  Also released were two Goshawks; an adult female who came in with an injured wing and a young adult who had come in as a juvenile, which the female helped raise.  We were thrilled to watch them all fly free for what was a very successful release.

Peregrine Falcon Wing Injury

April 8, 2018 – This Peregrine Falcon was brought into the center after having been found down near Morse Creek.  We are unsure of what caused her wing injury. Under observation and care, we are hoping for the best.

Injured Kestrel

August 29, 2017 – This kestrel (falcon family) was found down with an injured wing by Fairchild Airport. We are keeping a close watch on this little one and will keep you all updated.

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.

BARN OWLS

Baby Barn Owl and Ducklings

June 15, 2018 We took in a baby barn owl that fell from its nest in Sequim. Just a few days old, it is doing very well and will soon be placed in the enclosure with our surrogate barn owl parents.  This pair of orphaned ducklings are also doing great and are almost ready for the outdoor enclosure.

Baby Barn Owls

April 20, 2018 – First babies of the season; two barn owls. Our surrogate parents are doing a fantastic job of caring for them.

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 g (6.6 to 28 oz), with the owls closer to the tropics being generally smaller.

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 to take care of all these critters as well as those who will be coming in as we step into the busiest time of year.

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BARRED OWLS

Baby Barn Owl and Ducklings

June 15, 2018 We took in a baby barn owl that fell from its nest in Sequim. Just a few days old, it is doing very well and will soon be placed in the enclosure with our surrogate barn owl parents.  This pair of orphaned ducklings are also doing great and are almost ready for the outdoor enclosure.

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. Weight in this species is 500 to 1050 grams

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 the release of the two rehabilitated barred owls in Port Angeles and Port Townsend open to the public and media during the “Barred Owl Weekend” in April..

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 to take care of all these critters as well as those who will be coming in as we step into the busiest time of year.

LEARN WHAT YOU CAN DO

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.

OTHER OWLS

Great Horned Owl

This is a great horned owl, that currently resides at Northwest Raptor & Wildlife Center. The great horned owl (Bubo virginianus), also known as the tiger owl (originally derived from early naturalists’ description as the “winged tiger” or “tiger of the air”) or the hoot owl, is a large owl native to the Americas. It is an extremely adaptable bird with a vast range and is the most widely distributed true owl in the Americas.The great horned owl is generally colored for camouflage.

More Babies

June 22, 2018  Pygmy owlet found in driveway in Joyce.

A great blue heron (still in baby colour) that was the only survivor of an eagle attack on the rookery.

Screech In Loving Memory

April 7, 2018
It is with heavy hearts, we announce the passing of our feathered friend, Screech.   Always a favorite, a lot of you got to meet him at presentations at Wild Birds Unlimited, schools, as well as more local events and fundraisers.

Saw-Wet Owl Released

January 4, 2018 – This Saw-whet owl came to us on Jan. 4.  It was found down in the road.  We released this beauty back to her home this afternoon.

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.

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.

OTHER BIRDS

Turkey Vultures – Goshawks Released

August 30, 2018 – Today, two turkey vultures were released back into the wild after rehabilitation at the center.  Also released were two Goshawks; an adult female who came in with an injured wing and a young adult who had come in as a juvenile, which the female helped raise.  We were thrilled to watch them all fly free for what was a very successful release.

Heron Rescue and Release

August 18, 2018There goes Harold Heron, Jr. , 50 yard dash….  HUGE thank-you to Jaye from the PNW Raptor Center for giving these baby herons a chance to make it in the wild. Easier said than done..

July 1, 2018 – In safe hands.

More Babies

June 22, 2018  Pygmy owlet found in driveway in Joyce.

A great blue heron (still in baby colour) that was the only survivor of an eagle attack on the rookery.

Baby Barn Owl and Ducklings

June 15, 2018 We took in a baby barn owl that fell from its nest in Sequim. Just a few days old, it is doing very well and will soon be placed in the enclosure with our surrogate barn owl parents.  This pair of orphaned ducklings are also doing great and are almost ready for the outdoor enclosure.

Eagle? Rescue

May 15, 2018 – This evening, the center received a call from the Agnew area from someone who reported seeing a baby eagle fall from its nest.  Gloved up, large kennel loaded, all preparations made for an eagle rescue,  Jaye and Gary are masters of their craft…yet they were not prepared for what awaited them.

Great Blue Heron Released

January 29, 2018 – This Great Blue Heron was rescued by Chuck Burnell on Jan 19 .  He was released by his rescuer this afternoon.  Good luck big guy.

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.

BOB CATS - COUGAR - PUMA - LYNX

Bobcats

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 wooded areas, as well as semidesert, urban edge, forest edge, and swampland environments.

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

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 free now. Thank you for the honor of allowing us to know, care for and love you. ♡
~M

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 by humans. As human activity has altered the landscape, the coyote’s range has expanded. As of 2005, 19 coyote subspecies are recognized.

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 before interceding.

Roosevelt 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 in 1928.  The desire to protect the elk was one of the primary forces behind the establishment of  the Mount Olympus National Monument, later named Olympic National Park, in 1090.

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.

RACCOONS

Jazz Forever in Our Hearts

January 26, 2017

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 be around and we will all miss her so much!! Fly with the Raccoon Angels, Girl!!! ~Lin

OTHER MAMMALS

Mammels Found on the Olympic Pennisula

Here 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.

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