Wildlife Rehabilitation

Wildcare Eastern Sierra (formerly Eastern Sierra Wildlife Care) is dedicated to helping native wildlife through rehabilitation of injured, ill and orphaned birds, mammals, and reptiles, and through education programs that further public knowledge and appreciation of native wildlife.

What to do if you find a wild bird or animal in need

Wildlife rehabilitation is the primary activity of the organization. Injured, ill and orphaned wildlife are provided with appropriate care, food and housing with the goal of returning them to their natural, wild existence. All care is provided free of charge.

Caring in the Eastern Sierra since 1997

Patients are admitted from as far north as Yosemite and Walker and as far south as Death Valley and Olancha, covering a corridor about 200 miles long and 60 miles wide.

Wildcare Eastern Sierra is located in Inyo County and operates under permits from California Department of Fish and Wildlife and the United States Fish and Wildlife Service. Animals needing help are brought to ESWC by community members and visitors to the area, as well as by public agencies such as California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Animal Control, US Forest Service, and Bureau of Land Management. Public referrals come from veterinary hospitals, pet and feed stores, bird clubs, Eastern Sierra Audubon, California Native Plant Society, Sierra Club, Chamber of Commerce, and Mammoth Visitor’s Center. Our volunteers carry out rescue efforts when the finder is unable to rescue the injured animal. Our Rescue and Return Team also returns young birds to nests and.or parents when conditions permit. In cases requiring further veterinary services or special housing, patients are transferred to another rehabilitation facility.

Staff and volunteers work round-the-clock

The rehabilitation process includes examination and assessment of each animal’s condition; appropriate medical care is provided, if needed, as well as food and housing.

Care and feeding of baby animals may require round-the-clock feedings, and is labor-intensive work. Injured, ill and orphaned wildlife are provided with appropriate care, food and housing with the goal of returning them to their natural, wild existence.When the patient reaches a suitable stage of health (and age, in the case of babies), it is placed in appropriate cages or aviaries for conditioning. Ultimately, the animal is released into an appropriate habitat and, in the case of flock or colonial specie, with others of its kind. [Regulations governing wildlife rehabilitation are set forth in CDFG and USFWS codes.]


Well over 7,000 wild birds, mammals and reptiles have been given a second chance at our door since our beginnings in 1997.