Wildlife Care Center
Injured Wildlife Hotline: 503-292-0304
Address: 5151 NW Cornell Rd. Portland OR, 97210
Open every day from 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Until further notice as of November 2023, our Avian Flu Intake Policy outlined below remains in place.
Wildlife Care Center Avian Influenza Intake Policy (updated 5/20/2022 and current until removed)
Portland Audubon will not be accepting ANY injured ducks or geese for treatment, including ducklings or goslings. Multiple goslings in Oregon have tested positive for HPAI, which is why we are making this difficult update when they initially had been presumed to be low risk. If you have found orphaned or abandoned ducklings or goslings that appear healthy, you can attempt to foster them with a wild waterfowl family by following our instructions here.
Injured ducks and geese are being referred to Oregon Dept. of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) (in the Portland area, the Sauvie Island office or Clackamas office). ODFW will provide these animals with humane euthanasia. Please call ahead when possible. We are taking this step because wild ducks and geese are considered “carriers” of this disease and are often asymptomatic. Allowing them into a hospital facility potentially puts the entire population of animals at the hospital at risk. We will continue accepting all other species native to the Pacific Northwest. Read more information here.
About the Wildlife Care Center
Portland Audubon’s Wildlife Care Center is the oldest wildlife hospital in Oregon and gives injured and orphaned native animals a second chance at life in the wild. Through education and advocacy, the Wildlife Care Center also serves as a resource to help our community live more harmoniously with wildlife.
Under permits issued by the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the center provides care for more than 4,000 wild animals and responds to over 10,000 wildlife-related inquiries annually. The current facility was built in 1987, and is operated by three full time staff, a wildlife veterinarian, and more than 100 volunteers.
How Does the Care Center Work?
Injured and orphaned wildlife that are brought to the center receive care tailored to their individual needs. In addition to species- and age-appropriate food and housing, this care includes a wide range of options including:
- Veterinary care – medications, wound care, fracture stabilization, and surgery
- Diagnostics – radiographs, lead testing, and blood work
- Reconditioning – physical therapy, flight space, and exercise plans
Once they have recovered and/or are old enough to survive, patients are released back into the wild to rejoin the ecosystem.
Guests are welcome to meet three of our Education Animals that are on public display outside the Wildlife Care Center. Currently, our observation windows into the center are unavailable, as the center undergoes a much-needed remodel. However, they will be back and better than ever once the remodel is complete.