Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) H5N1
We are OPEN to public visitation.
We are accepting new patients and screening them at intake.
- USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service - 2022-2023 Detections of Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza
- California Department of Fish and Wildlife - Wildlife Health Laboratory - HPAI Information
- The Raptor Center at the University of Minnesota - HPAI Research Page
- The Raptor Center at the University of Minnesota - HPAI Resource Page
To protect the raptors in our care, we are admitting new patients only after triaging them in a designated screening area at our facility. Please follow the instructions on the signs at the entrance when you arrive with a bird. Do not bring the bird inside the facility; call the posted number, and we will meet you in the parking lot. We apologize for the inconvenience and appreciate your understanding as we take steps to safeguard our resident raptors.
Our ambassador birds and rehabilitation patients are all housed on-site, and although they are in separate buildings located on opposite ends of the grounds, the highly contagious nature of this strain of H5N1 poses major risks for disease spread within a facility. Raptors have been particularly susceptible and suffer high mortality rates from this strain of H5N1. We have established a quarantine zone and triage area, but we need your help to coordinate the safe arrival of new patients.
By following the posted instructions and waiting for us to meet you in the parking lot, we can be ready to admit the bird you brought with heightened biosecurity measures designed to help keep the raptors at the California Raptor Center safe from possible HPAI exposure. Thank you for your cooperation in preventing the spread of this virus.