The following organizations are like-minded groups that are supported and endorsed by The Raptor Institute.
Their mission and work are helping support migratory bird conservation across the country. We fully support their efforts and hope you will do the same. Please visit their websites for more information.[divider]
The Peregrine Fund was founded in 1970 to restore the Peregrine Falcon, which was removed from the U.S. Endangered Species List in 1999. That success encouraged the organization to expand its focus and apply its experience and understanding to raptor conservation efforts on behalf of 102 species in 65 countries worldwide, including the California Condor and Aplomado Falcon in the United States. The organization is non-political, solution-oriented and hands-on, with a mission to:
-Restore rare species through captive breeding and release.
-Improve capacity for local conservation.
-Conduct scientific research and environmental education.
The Peregrine Fund has started an exciting new project called the American Kestrel Partnership that aims to collect data on American Kestrel nesting habits across the country from citizen scientists like yourself. If you are building or already have a Kestrel nest box on your property, please visit their website to learn more about how you can help by collecting data on your nesting Kestrels.[divider]
Sky Hunters has been helping raptors in southern California through rehabilitation for the last 15 years. They specialize in returning sick or injured raptors to the wild. Sky Hunters is responsible for the rehabilitation of all types of raptors from the diminutive Screech Owl all the way up to Golden and Bald Eagles. Their work aids raptor conservation by reversing the effects of man-made hazards that pose a threat to raptor survival. Sky Hunters also has a strong educational component, including an interpretive facility in Alpine that showcases the most comprehensive collection of local raptors in San Diego.[divider]
The San Diego Audubon Society has been serving the San Diego community for over 60 years. They strive to foster the protection and appreciation of birds, other wildlife, and their habitats, through education and advocate for a cleaner, healthier environment. The Audubon Society has helped educate the San Diego public about local wildlife while also promoting conservation through local sanctuaries and wildlife preserves throughout our county. They have been instrumental in the development of the San Diego Bay National Wildlife Refuge which serves as an important breeding ground and migratory stop for a multitude of different bird species.[divider]
Wild Wings Research is a local San Diego corporation specializing in specializing in pest management through bird abatement. Abatement, the practice of using trained birds of prey to rid an area of targeted wildlife, is an environmentally friendly way to ensure health and human safety in many situations. Pigeons, gull species, and a variety of birds can spread zoonotic diseases and cause injury to people and property when they become aggressive for food. Native birds have important natural roles. However, when they become accustomed to people for food, handouts or stealing, the results can be unfortunate for people and wildlife. Trained birds of prey have proven very effective in discouraging wildlife from unnatural reliance of people for food and roosting/loitering in a variety of locations. Airports, landfills, resorts, and agricultural interests have all effectively used trained birds of prey to protect people and property.[divider]
The Jarrett Meeker Foundation is to provide programs related to wildlife, conservation, and the environment for children and young adults in San Diego County. The programs they support have a meaningful and lasting impact on the lives of those they serve and help to improve the condition of our natural world. Since 1987, JMF has provided once-in-a-lifetime educational experiences to more than 100,000 children representing over 50 schools throughout San Diego County. Their vision for the next 20 years is to continue to expand their support for wildlife and conservation-related educational programs.