APNM Members Give For Birds of Prey

Find Out The Many Ways to Assist Animals In Ongoing Drought

Raptor Center volunteers with the educational ambassador birds.

Though this year’s wildfire season was comparatively (and thankfully) mild, animals are still not in the clear. In the third year of extreme drought in our state and with many areas still recovering from catastrophic fires, wild animals are struggling to find enough food for themselves and their young.

Thirteen years ago, in response to the devastating Cerro Grande Fire, APNM set up a Fire Fund as a resource for those who wer e helping domestic and wild animals in disaster situations. Now considered a broader Disaster Responders Fund to help with more than just the outcomes of forest fires, it is s upported entirely by member donations. Because of the generosity of our donors in this effort, since 2000 APNM has been able to donate $5,000 to individuals and organizations affected by natural disasters.

Last week, the Disaster Responders Fund made its latest contribution, $500 to the Santa Fe Raptor Center. The Raptor Center, which takes in and rehabilitates injured and orphaned birds of prey, is privately funded and has been reaching out to the public as they struggle with increasingly high demand for their services. Currently, the shelter houses over 40 birds and receives calls daily about injured or needy raptors. The Center also coordinates over 85 educational programs per year with the non-releasable birds.

Raptor Center Director Lori Paras does not see the situation changing in the near future, predicting late breeding behavior this year because of lack of food supplies and difficult migrations due to harsh conditions and smoke from remaining wildfires. But, she pledges that the Raptor Center will continue to care for as many birds as they can.

With cold temperatures approaching, please be mindful of the challenges that wild animals will continue to face in coming months. Find information here on how to prevent attracting animals to your home (which can often result in extermination) . Also, please consider donating to APNM’s Disaster Relief Fund (enter “Disaster Relief Fund” in the Designate my Donation section) for future help to animal groups--100% of all contributions go directly to assistance. Or, please consider direct contributions to the many organizations across the state that rehabilitate injured wildlife; find a full list of these groups on our Wildlife Rehab Guide webpage.

Thank you for considering a small gift that will make a big difference!