Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) H5N1
We are OPEN to public visitation.
We are accepting new patients BY APPOINTMENT ONLY.
- 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 by appointment only. Please call the California Raptor Center at (530) 752-6091 to discuss your situation and make an appointment to drop off the bird you have found, if rescue/rehabilitation is deemed appropriate. 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 calling before you bring a bird, we can plan for your arrival and be ready 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.