WSU Raptor Club

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    “Tundra,” a resident Snowy Owl, with WSU Raptor Club member and zoology major, Mindy Lynn (’16 BS).

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    Resident raptors and WSU Raptor Club volunteers give about 100 educational presentations each year.

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    How you can help these magnificent birds.

If you are reaching out in regards to injured or possibly orphaned wildlife, please call the WSU Veterinary Teaching Hospital at 509-335-0711.

WSU Raptor Club

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.

If you are interested in the WSU Raptor Club presenting to your group, please visit our Request a Presentation page. However, keep in mind that we will not be offering public presentations again Fall of 2022. 

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.

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.

Who Can Join:

The Raptor Club will be opening back up to general members fall semester 2021.

The club is open to anyone 18 years or older who has an interest in learning about birds of prey. We operate out of the Washington State University Veterinary Teaching Hospital, on the WSU campus in Pullman, WA. We meet approximately once a month in Bustad. If you are interested in joining or learning more about the club, please e-mail us at, and we will inform you of our next meeting and how you can get involved!


WSU Raptor Club
Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences
PO Box 646610
Pullman, WA 99164-6610

Phone: (509) 335-0711

E-mail to join club:
E-mail for presentation request:

What is a raptor?

A raptor is defined as a bird of prey that catches live prey species for its own survival and raising of its young. Hawks, eagles, falcons, owls, osprey and harriers are considered raptors. Some characteristic features of raptors enabling them to catch and kill their prey are their powerful talons and strong hooked beak. Other features such as keen eyesight and hearing, swift flight, and great strength are attributed to raptors. Meet our resident raptors.

IMPORTANT NOTE ABOUT INJURED OR ORPHANED WILDLIFE: WSU personnel are NOT able to retrieve injured or orphaned wildlife. Wildlife are the property of the state of their origin and are also sometimes regulated by the federal government. People with concerns about ill or injured wildlife are urged to contact the local offices of that states’ fish and wildlife service. WSU’s veterinary teaching hospital will gladly assess wildlife brought to us and make a determination as to a course of care. As a final note, please be aware that some animals may carry diseases that can infect humans. The most notable is rabies, which can infect all mammals. The source of rabies in wildlife in Washington has been limited to the big brown bat but there is no reason to believe other bats could not be infected. In general, if a bat is healthy, no human should be able to touch it. If you can, and do touch a bat, you run the risk of being exposed to rabies which requires an extensive and expensive course of injections to prevent this essentially 100 percent fatal disease from developing. Again, Bats like all wildlife fall under the control of their state’s game agency and most provide important information about handling all wild animals, especially bats.

Amicus the golden eagle on student's arm
"Amicus," a Golden Eagle, came to WSU from Northeastern Washington in 2006. Completely blind because of traumatic injury or disease, Amicus is a permanent resident at WSU's College of Veterinary Medicine and participates in public education programs through the WSU Raptor Club.


Dr. Marcie Logsdon
Raptor Club Faculty Advisor
Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences
College of Veterinary Medicine
Washington State University

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