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How to Identify Swainson's Hawks and Other Raptors?

Our page on who the Swainson's Hawk is


Habitat Needs for Hawks and Other Species

Key information about what is required to protect Swainson's Hawk


Conservation Strategy for Swainson's Hawk in California

The goal of this document is to provide the Friends of the Swainson’s Hawk organization with a conservation strategy for Swainson’s Hawks and wildlife in California


Swainson's Hawks in Sacramento County

The goal of this document is to educate the community about the Swainson's Hawks nesting in Sacramento County to help improve advocacy for conservation of nesting and foraging habitat.



California Dept of Fish and Wildlife list of rehab facilities


Check this list for the nearest rehab facility to you.


Some Central Valley groups that provide care for injured or orphaned wildlife: Sacramento County: Sacramento Wildlife Care Association, 916-965-9453


Note: Wildlife Care Assoc is open 7 days a week from 10 to 6 pm and injured/sick birds and wildlife (except bats) can be brought there for medical care. It is located at 5211 Patrol Rd on the old McClellan Airbase. From I80 go north on Raley Blvd. At Bell Ave, turn right. Go .7 miles on Bell and then turn left on Parker (difficult to see but at the start of a long chain link fence). At the stop sign go right on Dean. Turn left on Patrol Road. The facility looks like a giant golf ball and is easy to see.

For injured/sick animals after 6 pm and for orphaned birds and mammals, it is best to leave a message on the hotline number above.


To catch animals, try throwing a towel over or use a pool net. Use heavy gloves when trying to handle a raptor or adult mammal. Keep animal in a dark, quiet and warm location. Birds caught by cats should always be brought in within 24 hours even if they seem uninjured. Cat bites can lead to fatal infection.


Placer County:
California Foundation for Birds of Prey, Roseville, 916-773-6049

Gold Country Wildlife Rescue, Auburn, 530-885-0862
Wildlife Shelter, Inc., Homewood, 530-546-1211


Yolo County:
California Raptor Center, 530-752-6091

El Dorado County:
Sierra Wildlife Rescue, 530-621-4661
Lake Tahoe Wildlife Care, 530-577-2273


Merced County
San Joaquin Raptor Rescue 209-723-9283

California Partners in Flight Riparian Bird Conservation Plan, "Swainson's Hawk (Buteo swainsoni), by Brian Woodbridge. 1998.

A very good reference document that includes both California and other populations of Swainson's Hawk.

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