The Talon Trust rescues injured, sick, and orphaned birds of prey. It is part of our mission to rescue them from danger, tend to their injuries, illnesses, or developmental needs, and rehabilitate them until they are healthy enough to be on their own again.  Our ultimate goal is always to release them back to the freedom of the wild where they belong.  We are the only state and federally licensed rehabilitators for migratory birds in Southwestern Indiana.

We rehabilitate birds of prey ONLY – hawks, falcons, owls, and vultures. We DO NOT rehabilitate songbirds, waterfowl, or any other animals. 

Click the button below to download a list of licensed wildlife rehabilitators in the state of Indiana.

What To Do If I Find an Injured / Sick Raptor?

Watch the bird. Assess the bird’s condition. Evaluate the situation. Please do not collect the bird until you have conferred with a rehabilitator, unless there is immediate danger (i.e. on a road) or it is obvious that it has an injury (wing drooping, lying on ground). Sometimes, it is not helpful for us to intervene. For example, it is common for young birds to be on the ground in the spring as a part of learning to fly and hunt. Often the parents are still around and caring for the young. Only if it is obvious there is an immediate danger or definite injury, should you retrieve the bird before discussing with a rehabilitator.

Call 812-319-6875 to discuss the situation and determine the best course of action. If we don’t answer right away, please leave a detailed message. Tell us what kind of bird you saw, what you think is wrong with it, its exact location (address, intersection, town, etc.) and a name and contact information with whom we can coordinate the rescue. We are an all-volunteer organization, so please be patient. You can use the veterinarians or other resources listed below as well.

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If you need to move the bird, use a towel to cover and get it into a cardboard box or portable kennel. Place the box in a comfortable, dry and quiet environment. Avoid placing in cold or hot or noisy environment. DO NOT FEED. Birds have particular dietary requirements, and birds that have been starved for food can be harmed by feeding, as their digestive systems may have shut down and won’t digest it. Just keep the bird safe wait for one of our volunteers to retrieve the bird.

Our Veterinary Partners

We partner with three veterinarians in Evansville to assist us with advanced medical examination services such as x-rays and surgeries.
Advent Veterinary Services
3434 Interstate Drive
Evansville, IN 47715
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Ark Veterinary Clinic
1301 E. Missouri
Evansville , IN 47711
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Highland Veterinary Clinic
6805 Darmstadt Road
Evansville, IN 47710
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Ark Veterinary Services
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Other Resources

To get help for other types of wildlife or in other areas, check out the following resources:

Indiana Department of Natural Resources

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Indiana DNR Conservation Law Enforcement

District 7 Offices: (812) 789-9538
24 Hour Dispatch: (812) 837-9536


The most common dangers to raptors in our area are, by far, collisions with cars and buildings. They experience a lot of wing and head injuries from these collisions. In the spring, we see many orphans due to nest displacement (trees down, nest failure, chicks falling out, etc.). In late summer, we see a lot of birds that have had mishaps due to the pressures of competing for food and territories with the new population of young fledglings. Year round, we also see injuries due to electrocutions and collisions with power lines and transformers, lead poisoning, mouse poisoning, gun shot, and other causes.