Raptor Rehabilitation

The Auburn University Raptor Center is now open and admitting injured, orphaned and ill raptor patients with prior phone authorization from rehabilitation staff. New patients will be accepted 7 days a week on a limited capacity basis. The last admission will be at 4:30 pm Central time (CT) daily.

Until further notice, patients will NOT be admitted to the Bailey Small Animal Teaching Hospital.

Please call the Auburn University Raptor Center Rehabilitation Section at 334-844-6347 for guidance and assistance with injured, orphaned, or ill raptors. For all other species needing assistance, visit Outdoor Alabama for a list of licensed wildlife rehabilitators in Alabama and Georgia Department of Natural Resources Wildlife Resources Division for a list of licensed wildlife rehabilitators in Georgia.

Raptor release into the wild

The mission of the rehabilitation unit of the Auburn University 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 area. The center typically admits 250 or more raptors annually. Please DO NOT remove any raptor from its habitat unless it is obviously injured or ill. Our first priority as a rehabilitation facility is to prevent raptors that do not require intervention from being removed from the wild. Call and speak with us or state wildlife officials for advice if you are not certain. What do I do if I find an injured raptor?

Our goal is to return raptors to the wild after being rehabilitated and offer a hands-on experience for volunteers and veterinary students. Raptors are generally brought by members of the public, a network of Southeastern rehabilitators and educational facilities, as well as state and federal agencies.

The rehabilitation unit admits all native, wild raptors that are injured, orphaned, or ill. Since the Auburn University 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.


Seth Oster, DVM
Associate Professor, Avian and Exotics
Telephone: (334) 844-6347
Email: ostersc@auburn.edu

Amberly Sokoloff, VMD
Telephone: (334) 844-6347
Email: ams0344@auburn.edu

Stephanie Kadletz 
Assistant Director, Raptor Rehabilitation
Telephone: (334) 844-6347
Email: sak0050@auburn.edu

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