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Fontenelle Forest's Raptor Recovery

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Fontenelle Forest's Raptor Recovery (FFRR) is part of Fontenelle Forest. We are the only group in the State of Nebraska permitted by the state and federal government to rehabilitate orphaned or injured raptors.

Fontenelle Forest's Raptor Recovery does the following:

  • Provide care and support for injured and orphaned raptors in preparation for release; 
  • Assist in the management of raptor populations and raptor research; 
  • Generate public support for raptor conservation through educational programs, displays, and special events utilizing live (non-releasable) raptors as ambassadors for their kind

Each year, FFRR receives hundreds of injured, sick, poisoned, or orphaned birds of prey. We work with private citizens, the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission, law enforcement and animal control agencies, and utility companies throughout the state. Our network of volunteer transporters and trained rehabilitators provide emergency treatment and stabilize the birds for final transport to our center near Lincoln.

At our treatment center, the birds receive medical care while minimizing human contact. Raptors needing surgery are seen by a veterinarian. Once restored to health, they're banded and released.

In some cases, even after treatment a raptor might be unable to fly or hunt and cannot be released. Whenever possible, non-releasable birds are channeled into breeding programs, recruited as "foster parents" for young orphans, utilized in research, or join our roster of FFRR Educational Birds (Ed. Birds) for outreach and educational programs.

Our trained volunteer facilitators, with the help of our Ed. Birds, conduct programs state-wide throughout the year to increase public awareness about raptors, their role in our ecosystem, and habitat conservation.