About our Resident Birds

Whoooo lives here?

In addition to the birds living in our forest and visiting our feeders, Dogwood Canyon Audubon Center is currently home to one resident bird. Our American kestrel is a rescue that was originally taken to Blackland Prairie Raptor Center for rehabilitation. He is not capable of surviving in the wild, so he has joined us here at Dogwood Canyon Audubon Center to assist with our education programs. 

Our American kestrel came to Dogwood Canyon in September 2016. He is fully-flighted, but is human-imprinted. When young birds imprint on humans, they lack the skills needed to survive in the wild and are rejected by other birds of their species. Since it is impossible to reverse the imprinting process, human-imprinted birds will identify with humans for life. 

Meet our American kestrel

Get the closest you may ever be to an American kestrel by booking a Private Bird of Prey Encounter at our center. 

We also offer a live bird of prey program for groups of all ages. Add interest to a business meeting by combining a facility rental with a group program!

Our signature 4-hour Eco Investigation field trip can optionally include the bird of prey rather than reptiles. Learn more.

Who to contact if you locate an injured bird:

We are not equipped to accept wild birds.

We encourage you to report dead and injured birds to the D-Bird Database and utilize the resources below.

We also recommend this article on the Audubon Texas page.


Blackland Prairie Raptor Center (birds only) 
(469) 964-9696

Rogers Wildlife Rehabilitation, Inc. (birds & other wildlife) 
(972) 225-4000 / After hours: (214) 236-1761

Helpful Resource from Rogers Wildlife Rehabilitation:  
What to do if you found a bird

Dogwood Canyon Audubon Center is permitted by USFWS and TPWD.

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