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About Hawk Creek Wildlife Center

Hawk Creek is one of the largest not-for-profit educational outreach programs in New York State.


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Through over 2500 education programs and 500 animal patients each year, Hawk Creek reconnects humans to the natural world and inspires an appreciation of nature.

Hawk Creek is a volunteer driven organization that is funded by private donations and program fees.  The center does not receive any state or federal funds.

Hawk Creek became the United States’ 41st accredited wildlife sanctuary. We are a non-profit group without public funding, primarily staffed by volunteers, yet we successfully rehabilitate hundreds of animals each year for release into the wild while offering permanent sanctuary to over seventy non-releasable animals. Eagles, wildcats, vultures, falcons, owls, endangered species, and many others are given the highest possible quality of life. A few of the permanently injured non-releasable animals become educational ambassadors, which both enriches the animals’ daily lives and teaches the community via our educational programs.

Our educational programs feature live mammals, reptiles, and birds of prey. We give several thousand presentations each year, reaching people of all social and economic backgrounds and are licensed to present our educational ambassadors in New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania.

Although we would like to be open to the public on a regular basis, we will not be able to do so until we have a significant increase in funding. Currently we hold four major events during the year when we open our doors to the surrounding community and give them an opportunity to see the Center and its residents. Please check our event schedule for details.

We are also actively conserving our environment. Our international award-winning Barn Owl Breeding Project, has reintroduced the barn owl back into Western New York. In addition we have inspired other rehabilitators to join the effort by starting their own breeding programs.

We are a volunteer run organization and are always eager to have more help. To become involved with Hawk Creek you can volunteer. For those looking for a in-depth learning experience, we also offer internships.

How often do you have the opportunity to give the gift of an Andean Condor, American Ocelot, or Bald Eagle? Animal adoptions are a great gift for someone who cares about wildlife.

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What We Do

As an environmental organization composed of educators, conservationists and rehabilitators.  Hawk Creek’s goals are many.

  • Education
  • Conservation
  • Walk With The Eagles ™
  • Rehabilitation

Our Team

The Heart of Hawk Creek lies within the commitment and ardor of all the dedicated volunteers who have generously given their time and talent. Our volunteers donate over 25,000 hours to Hawk Creek annually and it is this teamwork that fuels our success. Hawk Creek takes great pride in the professionalism of our volunteer educators; a consistent quality participants have observed and continually commented upon. Our highly qualified volunteers are thoroughly trained and hold undergraduate and graduate degrees in the arts and sciences. They project accuracy, experience, and a deep passion for what they do. They serve as role models by actively demonstrating how dedication, enthusiasm, and professionalism in the service of the community can make a difference.