Please bring injured or orphaned raptors to the
CSUB Science Building stockroom during business hours and to the
Campus Public Safety office 24/7.
Each year the Facility for Animal Care and Treatment (FACT) receives
many nestling raptors, primarily Barn Owls and American Kestrels, with
a few individuals of several other different species. Sometimes these
baby birds have been made orphans by a thoughtless person who shoots
the parents, sometimes the birds have fallen out of nests too high to
reach, and sometimes the nest site is a temporary structure, such as a
haystack, which must be moved.
If the animals are not seriously injured, they can be successfully
reared and released back into the wild. This is only to be done by
organizations and agencies that have extensive training and all of the
state and federal permits required to be an authorized raptor
rehabilitation facility. Severe injuries or deformities
sometimes require that the animal be humanely euthanized. Every effort
is made, however, to save any animal that has a good chance of
eventually growing to a stage at which it can live independently in a
If you find a baby bird, please try to put it in
a tree or other high place as many times the parents are nearby. If no
parent shows up by the end of the day, then, place the bird in a box
and bring inside. FACT does not have the staff to take care of
orphaned birds except raptors. You can try to raise the bird yourself
and release when it is ready, generally sooner than you realize.