NYC Wildlife Emergency Contacts

If you need to reach someone regarding an injured hawk, falcon or other NYC wildlife, below are some resources.

NYC Urban Park Rangers

The NYC Urban Park Rangers are trained to handle emergencies with hawks, falcons, raccoons and other urban wildlife. Contact them first so they can assess the situation and advise what to do. They may either handle the situation themselves, or decide to call in additional resources.
  • Call 311 and ask for the NY Parks Dept, Urban Park Rangers
  • Central Park office contact: (212) 360-1444
  • Inwood Hill headquarters contact: (212)304-2277

NYC Urban Park Rangers resource page: What to do when encountering wildlife.


Wildlife in Need of Rescue and Rehabilitation (WINORR)

  • WINORR has rescued many hawks and other raptors around the city, and they are currently caring for Dora, the former resident female red-tailed hawk of Tompkins Square Park. Message them through their Facebook page, they are usually quick to respond. They are licensed to handle raptors and are extremely knowledgeable about all types of wildlife.

Wild Bird Fund

If you find an injured pigeon, squirrel, duck or any other animal that needs immediate attention, Wild Bird Fund can help. You will need to take the animal to them yourself, or call to see if there is a volunteer available to come pick it up.

565 Columbus Avenue
New York, NY 10024
between 87th and 88th Streets
(646) 306-2862
Hours: 8am to 8pm

What to do if you find a dead bird 

If you find a dead hawk, falcon, kestrel, owl or other raptor, contact the NYC Urban Park Rangers. As these are protected birds, the body will need to be sent to the NY Department of Environmental Conservation for testing to determine the cause of death.

In addition, report any dead bird on NYC Audubon's D-Bird website. As part of Project Safe Flight, D-Bird is a valuable database that identifies problem areas in the city. If bird deaths are occurring in specific or concentrated areas, the issue can be investigated.

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