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Nonprofit Overview

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

36 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Catherine F.1

Donor

Rating: 5

I have been a sustaining donor of Blue Mountain Wildlife for several years. The work they do with injured wildlife is amazing. While they specialize in raptors Lynn never turns away an injured animal be it a fawn or a song bird. They also put great effort into educating the public with their traveling education team. And unlike many non-profits I know the majority of my donation goes directly to help the birds and animals in their care, not to "overhead" or into someone's pocket.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I work for the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, and we get calls every week about injured or abandoned wildlife. We direct all the calls to BMW. What they are able to do with limited staff and resources is truly astounding.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

We are so lucky to have Blue Mountain in our area. The folks who operate it are incredibly dedicated to helping save animals and to educating the public.

I have taken injured birds, a squirrel, and even a snake to them and all were accepted with open arms.

They not only help rehab the animals, they help keep statistics and gather information that contributes to research.

They have an open house sometimes where community members can learn about the facility and about the raptors under Blue Mountain’s care.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I spent a summer as an intern at Blue Mountain Wildlife and could not be more impressed by the dedication and hard work everyone in the program puts forward. They take on so many animals that the region would be at a loss without them.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I attended their Spring meeting to find out more about the organization and possibly do some volunteer work. This is an amazing organization with a small but incredibly dedicated core group of folks who donate countless hours at their own expense to transport injured birds to the clinic in Pendleton where they receive amazing care in hopes of not only saving their lives but return them to the wild. They do a great job of community outreach in educating the public, taking birds to demonstrations.

Susan S.8

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Blue Mountain Wildlife is amazing. They cover a huge territory in Eastern Oregon and Eastern Washington. Thousands of hours are spent each year by volunteers who drive hundreds of miles to rescue sick, injured and orphaned raptors. When staff aren't administering care they and the education birds are providing programs in OR and WA to school children and other interested groups. They need all the help we can give them.

Alison Gadaire A.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Blue Mountain Wildlife is dedicated to sharing their passion for protecting beautiful creatures of the world. Their hard work is so inspiring and so appreciated.

Donor

Rating: 5

I first saw Blue Mountain staff bringing raptors to events around Pendleton. I so enjoyed hearing their amazing rescue stories, but also learned so much from them about hunters can make a big difference by using copper instead of lead bullets so that birds don't ingest lead when feeding on coyotes, squirrels or other animals that have been shot and left behind. Made us feel guilty but changed how we bought ammo. Then, a friend told us they had an injured owl in their yard in Weston. We took it down to Blue Mountain and they took it in, talked to us in such a caring way about the injury (ran into an electical wire) and told us the prognosis wasn't very good. Still, I knew they cared so much about the birds they cared for and I knew they would do all they possibly could. Since then I've donated to BMW, but so wish they could get larger grants to fund their fabulous work. People bring injured wild birds from long distances, and BMW will even give them info about putting the birds on a bus to get help! Unbelievable. Lynn and her crew are amazing people. We, and our wildlife, owe a tremendous debt of gratitude to them.

kassandrabell

Volunteer

Rating: 5

They are amazing. So easy to volunteer for. So family friendly, so educational. If I had lots of money I would give it to them, but instead I give time, and in return I get so many cool experiences and memories with my family to last a lifetime.

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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

Julia Z.1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Blue Mountain Wildlife does an amazing job traveling the region to educate people about birds of prey, thier challenges, & how people can help. They bring live birds to school groups & all kinds of fairs, and they are THE resource for helping found birds that are injured, sick, & poisoned.
I would love to visit their center!

Donor

Rating: 5

They are available 24-7 to take in an injured bird or support education in the community. There are no fancy offices or administrative staff. They just get the job done with minimal resources. An outstanding non-profit others should emulate. Keep up the good work!

Tam S.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've volunteered, donated and worked with Blue Mountain Wildlife for years. I am in awe of what this group accomplishes; be that public education with their non-releasable raptor ambassadors, willingness to do whatever it takes to retrieve, fix and work to releasing critters that come under their care. Lynn and her hubby are the most dedicated people I know to rehab wildlife. They classes they provide to the community, both in Oregon and Washington are informational, educational and awesome for adults and kids. Go visit them at one of the events listed on their web site. Take a photo of a live owl, red-tailed hawk and other ambassador raptors.

Kurt Luxe P.

Donor

Rating: 5

Thank you for doing all of this hard work helping our feathered friends. I saw your story on OPB and it was inspiring, that is why I donated for your cause.

Eric L.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Lynn is doing a ton of good with a very small non profit. Aside from rehabilitation and release of a ton of birds (over 1,000), she has permanently housed many that were too severely injured to allow release. It’s a true labor of love, tucked away in the hills outside Pendleton. If you have an opportunity to take a tour or get involved in a school educational event, do it! Kudos to Lynn and her team of volunteers and interns!

Donor

Rating: 5

Blue Mountain Wildlife does incredible work, not only in wildlife rehabilitation but also in community outreach and education. I make a point to read every one of the weekly email updates about their new intakes and the progress of patients. The release photos are the best. Blue Mountain Wildlife is an organization everyone should consider supporting.

Donor

Rating: 5

Blue Mountain Wildlife gives weekly reports on all the admissions to the facility, complete with pictures. They are so responsive! When I had a baby squirrel in my yard that was immobile, a volunteer was there within 15 minutes to take it to get care. Such caring, compassionate people!

Donor

Rating: 5

Blue Mountain Wildlife has an amazing team. They provide first class care to injured birds and they are wonderful ambassadors for all animals. Their excellent communication skills help school children and the general public to learn about the birds in our area. I appreciate the weekly newsletter Lynn puts out each Monday that keeps me up to date with the "who - what - when" happenings. Reading about the different injuries and how they are treated is so educational, and the best is when we see the pictures of the healed birds being released!

Thank you BMW!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Blue Mountain Wildlife is wonderful nonprofit organization. They truly do care about society and regularly demonstrate successful rehabilitation of various birds. You can see their successes and compassionate attempts in their consistent email/website publications.

You can trust and see where your donation support goes with Blue Mountain Wildlife. I would encourage you to support them for our feathered friends.

Clint

Donor

Rating: 5

I happened to stumble across BMW online about two years ago. I made a donation, and since then I look forward to their frequent updates. BMW is across the country from me (I'm in Michigan) but their sense of outreach and advocacy is incredible. I hope to one day visit their site but in the meantime will continue to support their good work.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My husband and I have been volunteers for almost two years. We've seen first hand the high level of commitment by the other volunteers, interns, and Lynn and Bob to the mission of rescue, rehab, and education. We are also donors, and have no doubts that our dollars are being stretched to the max. It's very rewarding to see the positive results of the work being done by Blue Mountain Wildlife.