An Arizona-based Raptor Rescue

Our Mission:  Wild At Heart is a rescue, rehabilitation and release center for birds of prey.  Its primary purpose is to rescue injured owls, hawks, falcons and eagles; rehabilitate them; and, ultimately, release them back into the wild.  Its guiding mission is to do what is in the best interest of these magnificent birds.

Wild At Heart is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization. We, and our birds, are volunteer and donation supported.

At Wild At Heart we do all the following:

  • Rescue, rehabilitate, and release birds of prey which have been injured or orphaned.
  • Relocate displaced burrowing owls.
  • Manage species recovery programs.
  • Manage habitat enhancement projects.
  • Provide educational presentations.

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We are here to provide expert advice and assistance. We can even send a volunteer to pick up the injured bird for quick delivery to our clinic.

nature educationEDUCATION PROGRAMS

A focus is to educate the community on wildlife conservation and preservation.  Educational raptors are taken to schools and other events to raise awareness of the importance of our wildlife.

get involvedGET INVOLVED

Become one of our many volunteers or, donate to help support these birds. Wild At Heart is an all-volunteer and donation supported, non-profit organization.

Upcoming Events

March to mid-May
Arizona Trail Hike

Arizona Trail Hike

April 17
Brown’s Ranch

McDowell Sonoran

Friday Feather Fact (03 April 2015)

Friday Feathered Fact
Harris's Hawk Harris's Hawk Harris's Hawk











The Harris’s Hawk — named after Edward Harris in the early 1800s by his friend, John Audubon — is unique amongst the hawks. Living in the Southwest of the US and all the way south to Argentina, this raptor lives in family groups. The alpha-female, which is about 20% larger than the male, leads the family group in a “pack-like” hunt, taking turns to chase down the prey. As part of their social nature, the young born last year often stay with the family to help care for their new siblings born this year before setting off to start their own family. It is not uncommon to see a family of up to 6 or 7 Harris’s Hawk perched together. These hawks also tend to have a broader nesting season and may attempt laying 2 or even 3 clutches in a year. As a species, they have been known to lay eggs in every month of the year.

AZ Trail: 14 March 2015


One of the trademark residents of the Arizona landscape is a horned lizard.  There are actually six (6) different species of horned lizards found within the state.  Commonly — but mistakenly — known as the “horny toad”, this is a reptile with dry scaly skin which scuttles along the ground; and, quite unlike the amphibious toads, this lizard cannot hop.

This particular species is known as the Greater Short-horned Lizard (Phrynosoma hernandesi).  A very good identification clue as to which horned […]