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Causes: Animals, Environment, Environmental Education, Protection of Endangered Species, Wildlife Sanctuaries

Mission: To Preserve Local Native Wildlife through Rehabilitation, Research, and Education.

Results: Since 1990, the BMW clinic has treated and cared for over 8,000 injured, ill, and orphaned raptors and other native wildlife. Since its founding, BMW has released 48% of wildlife admitted, one of the highest release rates in the industry. BMW specializes in raptors, or birds of prey. Through its education programs, BMW reaches over 10,000 students and community members annually. BMW brings people face-to-face with some of the center’s raptors, including hawks, owls, falcons, and eagles.

Target demographics: local native wildlife, community members, ecosystems

Direct beneficiaries per year: 930 admitted animals of 85 different species got the care they needed, 439 animals were released, 10000+ people learned about their local native wildlife

Geographic areas served: Eastern Oregon and South Eastern Washington

Programs: wildlife rehabilitation, facility tours, school education programs, community education programs, continuing education conference

Community Stories

15 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Donor

Rating: 5

Lynn and her crew of volunteers do an incredible service for injured/sick wild birds from Oregon, Washington and Idaho. Through their dedicated caring efforts, many birds have been restored to health and released back into the wild. A few with injuries too serious to release, have been relocated to zoos and wildlife centers for education and a good quality of life in captivity. Their tireless efforts continue to prove their desires to heal and restore wild birds to their rightful place in the wild. They demonstrate an amazing commitment to the restoration of injured, abandoned, sick and misplaced wild birds.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering with BMW for only a few months but it has been so fulfilling and educational. The amount of care that this organization does for injured and sick animals is incredible. They do amazing work!

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Donor

Rating: 5

To Whom it May Concern:

Lynn and Bob Tompkins of Blue Mountain Wildlife (BMW) are two of the most special people I have ever met. They are absolutely dedicated to their cause to rehabilitate wildlife and educate both children and adults about the need to care for wildlife and to promote conservation of wildlife. They have been mending injured and gunshot wildlife for decades and represent a beacon of hope in this world of senseless destruction.

A friend of mine and I once found a gunshot Great Horned Owl and brought it to BMW for treatment and care. With a broken bone in one wing and two steel pellets in the body, Lynn was able to use an adjacent wing bone as a splint to allow time for the broken bone to heal before releasing the bird back to the wild. If she had not professionally repaired the damage to this bird she would have had to destroy it, but because of her skill and care we have one more live owl to hunt our gophers and mice in our pasture.

As one of the founding members of the Pendleton Bird Club, I have asked Lynn on several occasions if she and Bob could give a presentation to the club and not once have they turned down our request. In fact, they ALWAYS bring injured birds of prey to share with our membership and to educate us on how each species interacts with our environment and the dangers that they routinely face here in Umatilla County from car strikes, gunshot wounds and other dangers. Lynn and Bob schedule visits to our local schools to educate our school children on the dangers these birds face and how important it is to never harm these special creatures

I would give Blue Mountain Wildlife a score of 10 out of 10 for all they do to help our wildlife and to educate the public about the need to care and protect wildlife whenever the opportunity presents itself. Lynn and Bob are some of the finest people my wife and I have ever met and we do not hesitate to encourage others to support and donate money to their programs for wildlife care and rehabilitation.

Sincerely yours,

Jack and Sharon Simons
Pendleton, Oregon

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Blue Mountain Wildlife organization is an exceptional example of people working together to accomplish what agencies cannot or will not do. People care about every species of wildlife when it is in peril in their own backyard and will go to extremes to 'save it' . People of all ages and beliefs will pick it, try to care for it or find someone who will. If they look for someone to take it to, they will find that ONLY Blue Mountain Wildlife will take it, no matter how hurt, or where in northeastern Oregon it is. Lynn will enlist her network of transportation volunteers to bring animals for hundreds of miles . She offers advise to the 'rescuer' for safe transport of the animal. She gives all equal and fair treatment and care. I am amazed at how this is done with a shoestring budget. They deserve state funding for what they accomplish. She and Bob do this along with offering any who wish to learn, help or volunteer an opportunity to do so . This organization is a shining example of kindness, caring and professional treatment of our wildlife species. Thank you Blue Mountain Wildlife!

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Donor

Rating: 5

Blue Mountain Wildlife is amazing. We have volunteered and also donate. Lynn and Bob are always ready to help with any bird or any creature that needs help. This is a group that you can donate to and know it will be put to the best possible help for all wildlife no matter what kind.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I first was introduced to Blue Mountain Wildlife rescue many years ago on a camping trip. They came to our campground and gave a lecture on raptors bringing their raptors with them for demonstrations. It was GREAT to see the birds up close doing their thing and to be educated on what Blue Mountain does to rehab and release all raptors they receive plus the other various animals that come their way. I signed up for their news listing and was extremely impressed with all the hard work that Lynne and her staff put in. Most of the service is done by volunteers only! I have been donating to them ever since as I feel that my money goes directly to the services that are provided to the birds. There are no fancy buildings or CEO's making heaps of money. This nonprofit truly uses its money for the birds and I LIKE THAT A LOT!!!!! I know my money goes exactly where it needed and that helps me sleep better at night knowing I made a good decision. With increase education and awareness I feel that more birds are being helped, rehabbed and released. I also hope it will change the way we currently do things like cleaning up the lead from the bullets that lead to poisoning and awareness of baby birds whether to rescue or not. My vote goes to this hard working and great team at Blue Mountain Wildlife!

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Donor

Rating: 5

BMW is my absolute favorite "local" nonprofit, even though they are located 150 miles from me. The work Lynn and Bob do is remarkable, helping an amazing number of birds and animals and teaching hundreds of kids how important the raptors are to our environment. They do so much on such a shoestring budget and with such energy and passion. Please, please help them if you can!!

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Donor

Rating: 5

Blue Mountain Wildlife has been rehabilitating raptors and other wildlife
24/7 for over 25 years that I know of personally! BMW excels in environmental education by taking birds that have injuries that prevent them from being returned to their natural habitat to any group that they possibly can. BMW speaks to innumerable school classes and civic groups. BMW really needs improved medical facilities and equipment! BMW offers the only opportunity for rehab and education within 200 miles of our area.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Blue Mountain Wildlife is a fantastic charity. They are willing to go miles and miles to pick up wounded birds (and other wildlife). They care for and rehabilitate a crazy number of them. Nothing makes them happier than to be able to release a patient back into the wild.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I've had the pleasure to get to know Blue Mountain Wildlife this year and I am truly impressed with their passion and commitment to animals. Not to mention their vast knowledge and their passion to share that knowledge with the community. But what impressed me the most was how much they achieve with the limited resources they have! Please donate to this worthy non-profit that has been able to rehabilitate and release so very many animals. We are grateful, Lynn and Bob, for the work you do.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Over the past few years we've actually taken a few animals to them for help. We live about an hour away in La Grande, Oregon the first time 3 baby raccoons lost their mother, had been hanging around our house for a week, there were 4, but after a few days only 3 were left, we knew that when it was 4 in the afternoon and it was almost a 100 degrees you just don't see them during that time of day, so we took them to BMW with a donation and they took care of them until they were able to be released on their own. And a second time a ring necked Dove flew into our window and broke it's wing, so we drove it to them, but they were unable to save the Dove, but they took the time to xray the wing to check. We love what they do for the animals!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteered for Blue Mountain Wildlife for about 10 years from 203 to 2013. I moved so I no longer can actually help, other than financially. I have never witnessed more hard working individuals than Lynn and Bob Tompkins, the directors of BMW. They take calls 24/7 365 days a year. They help injured birds over a huge area...in Washington the entire Lower Columbia Basin. Lynn and Bob speak to classrooms, community groups, at National Wildlife Refuge groups and have trained many, many interns who went on to become veterinarians and/or wildlife rehabilitates. I wish I could find the words to express my admiration for these folks.

One summer Lynn needed some extra help so I stayed for a week, spending nights in a small camper that they acquired to house interns. We started about 7:00 am every morning, cleaning cages, giving treatments and feeding animals (mostly raptors) and sometimes going to release a raptor in as close an area to where they were found as possible. Lynn hardly even took time to eat during the day. We worked until about 10:00 pm every night when I would retire to the camper. Often as I started to doze off I would hear Lynn in the barn getting food ready for the animals for the next morning. I was truly astounded with her work ethic and wondered where she gets her energy. I guess I really know the answer to that question: She and Bob love wildlife and are dedicated to caring for wildlife and educating kids and everyone they come in contact with about how to do no harm.
Sincerely,
Marilyn Hayes
Helena, MT

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Blue Mountain Wildlife is amazing. We first encountered them at our local refuge giving classes about winter birds and using their educational raptors to teach children and adults. My boyfriend had been teaching my daughter and I about birds and taking us on birdwatching trips for a couple years but seeing the raptors up close really enthralled her. At only 4 years old, she jumped out of her seat with her hand in the air when Lynn asked if there were any questions. She was a shy kid so my boyfriend and I were both shocked. She asked a question about the wingspan of the owls and i kmew in that monent, we had to know more. My boyfriend signed up for emails so we could attend more free events and eventually, we became volunteers. My daughter is now one of their volunteers as well and at 5 years old, knows more about birds and can identify more birds than I could when I was 25. BMW has changed our lives and given us so many incredible memories with my daughter. I am eternally grateful

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I visited Blue Mountain Wildlife and now know an employee there. I was very impressed with the effectiveness of the rehab center. The staff was extremely knowledgable, and their education program is fantastic. Everyone in the community seems to know about Blue Mountain Wildlife, and I would recommend registering for a tour or donating to the organization.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

As an intern at Blue Mountain Wildlife, I saw the positive impact the organization had on the local wildlife, as well as on the local community. Wildlife gets the care it needs and deserves, and students are so excited to engage face-to-face with raptors. The staff and volunteers are also extremely passionate about their work.