Raptor Rehabilitation

Raptor release into the wildThe mission of the rehabilitation unit of the Southeastern Raptor Center is to rehabilitate injured, orphaned, or ill wild raptors.  This includes hawks, owls, eagles, falcons, kites and vultures that are all native to the southeast. The center takes in 200 or more raptors from Mississippi, Georgia and Alabama annually.

Raptors are generally brought by members of the public, a network of Southeastern rehabilitators and educational facilities, as well as state and federal agencies.

Our goal is to return raptors to the wild after being rehabilitated and offer a hands-on experience for volunteers and veterinary students.
The rehabilitation unit admits all native, wild raptors that are injured, orphaned, or ill. Since the Southeastern Raptor Center is designed specifically to care for birds of prey, it is not able to accept any other type of bird.  View a current list of non-raptor bird rehabilitators.

Please call us at 334-844-6347 if you have any questions about what to do if you find an injured raptor.

Check on the status of a bird.

Please do not remove a young raptor from its habitat unless it is obviously ill or injured.


Dr. Seth Oster
Primary Care Veterinarian
Telephone: 334-844-6347
Email: ostersc@auburn.edu

Marcia Gannon
Veterinary Assistant
Telephone: 334-844-6347
Email: mdt0010@auburn.edu

Stephanie Kadletz 
Raptor Rehab Specialist
Telephone: 334-844-6347
Email: sak0050@auburn.edu

Bryant Tarr
Raptor Specialist
Telephone: 334-844-6347
Email: dbt0015@auburn.edu