Raptor Rehabilitation

Out of an abundance of caution due to confirmed HPAI (bird flu) cases in the state of Alabama and resultant directives by state officials, until further notice the Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine and Southeastern Raptor Center will not accept any sick or injured wild birds for treatment. Precautions are being taken to protect resident and patient raptors currently housed at the center, with educational programming and scheduled tours continuing as planned.

Please do not touch or attempt to move injured, deceased or sick wild birds and do not transport the animal for treatment. In the event you or someone you know locates a deceased, injured or sick wild bird of any species, contact the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources’ Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries Division at (334) 242-3469 for additional information. It is very important that the wild bird not be removed from the location at which it is found to limit the potential spread of HPAI.

Additional information about HPAI in Alabama and the current national situation can be found on the ADCNR or CDC websites.

Raptor release into the wild

The 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