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The Raptor Center is involved in research of many emerging health concerns and issues for raptor populations.  

While the majority of The Raptor Center's patients are treated for physical trauma and injury, many also suffer from illnesses brought on by toxic substances in the environment, such as lead poisoning, and by viruses such as the West Nile virus.

Avian Influenza

In the spring of 2015, two new HP H5 viruses appeared in North America. Introduced originally as an H5N8, previously seen in the summer and fall of 2014 in Korea and Japan, it combined with other North American influenza viruses and generated a new HP H5N2 strain.

Clinical Wildlife Health Initiative

The major goal of this program is to try to standardize information received from the estimated 50,000 raptors admitted to rehabilitation centers across the country annually. 

Lead Poisoning

Secondary, unintended poisoning of eagles can occur when they scavenge on gut piles of deer taken with lead bullets.

The Raptor Center in the Galapagos

Since 2010, The Raptor Center has been collaborating with conservation partners to protect the famed Galápagos Islands, and to provide protection from secondary harm for endemic species such as the Galapagos hawk during the process of rodent eradication. Through this work, The Raptor Center is contributing to the restoration of this amazing archipelago and preservation of its unique biodiversity.

West Nile

West Nile is a virus spread by mosquitoes from infected birds and animals to other birds and animals.