Our mission is to promote wildlife conservation through the use of non-releasable raptors as living representatives in public environmental education programs.
The WSU Raptor Club, located on the Washington State University campus in Pullman, WA, is a non-profit volunteer organization founded in 1981, whose purpose is to educate the public about the conservation of raptors. Special permits for non-releasable injured raptors allow us to take these birds to a great variety of audiences such as schools, service organizations, fairs, summer camps etc., for educational purposes. This allows us to spare the lives of these magnificent birds and familiarize the public with living representatives of various raptor species.
Despite federal and state protection many raptors continue to suffer as a result of deliberate or incidental human activities. These include shootings, car collisions, electric power line injuries, poisonings and the various effects brought about by change or loss of natural habitat. A primary goal of the WSU Raptor Club is to engender into the public an appreciation for these majestic birds. A raptor presentation by the Raptor Club affords this unique opportunity.
When not engaged in the more than 80 annual presentations to over 15,000 people our volunteers provide daily care for these birds at the WSU Veterinary Teaching Hospital. This care includes daily feeding, cleaning, handling and walking of birds as well as maintaining important equipment.
If you are interested in the WSU Raptor Club presenting to your group, please visit our Request a Presentation page for more information.
The WSU Raptor Club exists in hopes of changing the perceptions and negative actions taken against raptors. These presentations present people with a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see these amazing creatures up close.