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Juvenile Bald Eagle – This is one of three juvenile Bald Eagles rescued by Wind River Raptors in early 2018.
Wind River Raptors
PO Box 1518
Lander Wyoming 82520
Wind River Raptors is a 501(c)(3) located near Lander, Wyoming. The people involved in this organization are passionate about rescuing, rehabilitating, and re-introducing into the wild the birds of prey that come into our care.
Wind River Raptors also strives to educate people of all ages about raptors and attempts to better the current methods of raptor rehabilitation.
Artemis – Educational Bird. Female red-tailed hawk.
Wind River Raptors is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to rescue, rehabilitation, education, and conservation. We depend on the interest and generosity of people who wish to save wild birds of prey and to educate future generations about the stewardship needed to maintain these magnificent birds. To learn more, click MORE.
Gramps – Mature male Golden Eagle being treated for eye injuries.
Norton – Educational Bird. Male Peregrine Falcon/Gyrfalcon hybrid.
Due to the delicate nature of raptor rehabilitation, no admission to the facility is allowed unless approved in advance.
Wind River Raptors
Lander, WY 82520
Rough-Legged Hawk – In rehabilitation for injuries and lead poisoning.
Maleficent – Mature female Golden Eagle being treated for injuries and lead poisoning.
Wind River Raptors is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to educating current and future generations about birds of prey and their natural habitats. To learn more about our educational programs and how you can sponsor or attend an event, click MORE.
Wind River Raptors is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to rescuing and rehabilitating birds of prey that have been injured. To learn more about our rescue operation and facilities and how you can become involved, click MORE.
Nathan Barnes, founder and Executive Director of Wind River Raptors, provides vision, research, curiosity, and core expertise to our program. With several years of field and resource study, Barnes’ experience as a falconer and reverence for his living landscape was just the right combination of “smart and crazy” to launch and synthesize a network of biologists, government agencies, naturalists, commercial industries, and world citizens to address an urgent ecological and educational need. When not animatedly elaborating on the definition of a buteo, or sharing an anecdote about the ancient history of falconry, Barnes may be found flying his red-tailed hawk Artemis and enjoying family time with his wife and son.
Kimberly S. Brown offers a business acumen from more than thirty-five years in publishing, writing, and marketing. From Fortune 500 companies to start-ups, Brown contributes tactical, personalized, high-impact communications programming (think branding, e-commerce, product launches, corporate websites, and national publications) from a nearly 360-degree perspective: global manager, business owner, board director, and vibrant community member. Brown is a lifelong, avid outdoors person, with a special interest in raptors. This was heightened by a visit to the Irish School of Falconry on a “hawk walk” where she was able to fly one of the school’s Harris hawks. She is excited to foster a business-forward, long-term, and globally relevant raptor program for Wyoming and beyond.
Harry Elyea sharpened his teeth in the business world as a successful owner and operator of an automotive repair company, graduating to Wyoming for hay ranching and game bird farming. An avid outdoorsman, Elyea’s proclivities include bird hunting (specifically waterfowl) and the extreme sport of high-desert gardening. Elyea is infamous for his mechanical wizardry, cutting to the chase, and calling a spade exactly that. Recently retired, Wind River Raptors harnessed Elyea’s innate engineering skills and elbow grease to help vision and build Wyoming’s foremost raptor rehabilitation and in-flight facility.
Dr. Pamela E. Mondorf’s (MD) expertise originates from the field of health sciences and human medicine. Mondorf is co-owner of Wind River Anesthesia Consultants, a private practice serving Fremont County for over a decade. In 2014, Mondorf successfully launched a new business venture, Refine Medical Laser & Aesthetics, to custom-build specialized medical programming better serving and interacting with her client base. Outside the office, Mondorf is deeply invested in her family, spending (almost-enough) hours with her two daughters on horseback, traveling for equestrian programming throughout Wyoming. Her relationship with the outdoor landscape feeds an affinity for wildlife and in particular, birds of prey. Mondorf’s special acuity for personally relating, connecting, and advocating is a talent essential to sharing the story and impact of the Wind River Raptors program.
Joel Otto is originally from Vermont and has an associates degree in Mechanical Engineering. Otto moved to Wyoming with his wife in 1998 and they have four children who were born at home. Joel is a mechanic, welder, and a machinist, living and working on his family ranch near Lander.
Daniel R. Schultejann is founder and CEO of Automation-X, a leading well site automation equipment provider to the global oil and gas industry. A lifelong entrepreneur, Schultejann is also a committed charity patron. His board and advisory volunteer history concentrates on impoverished youth, disabilities, and early education & intervention. A longtime Lander resident, his investment in educational programming and interest in a proactive wildlife conservancy is a natural fit with the launch of Wind River Raptors. Schultejann provides vital direction and guidance, ensuring mission-driven impact, business operation longevity, and a long-term relevance in educational and conservation programming.