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.

Wild At Heart on the Trail!

Follow these hikers and support Wild At Heart at this AZ Trail page…HERE.


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 Feathered Fact (13 March 2015)

Burrowing Owl, one leggedIs that a one-legged owl? Nearly all birds routinely perch or stand on just one leg. The “missing” leg is drawn up close to the body, hidden under the feathers. Why do they do this? We receive several calls each month about a “poor one-legged owl” needing rescue as it just stands motionless. Actually, this is a comfortable pose for an owl or hawk. Better yet, it demonstrates the bird is calm and not threatened. Another more important reason for a one-legged pose is to regulate the body temperature in the cold. Rotating the one-legged stance cuts in half the amount of exposure to the cold air/water and also helps warm up that cold foot.

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 […]