To donate to Birds of Prey Northwest:
For a rescue emergency
- eagle, hawk, falcon, or owl -
208- 245-1367 or 208-582-0797,
or Idaho Fish and Game at
Birds of Prey Northwest Facilities
There are currently 25 aviaries in the care of Birds of Prey Northwest.
Don Veltkamp – Chairman of the Board
Before BoPNW, Don spent 36 years in the insurance business, the last 29 as an executive director of a large Region, allowing him to bring extensive motivational and financial experience to BoPNW. After several years of tutelage, he now assists as one of the main bird handlers. In addition, he enjoys woodworking and frequently puts his knowledge to use in the building and upkeep of aviaries for BoPNW’s rescues.
The osprey reintroduction program "Wings Over Water” in Yankton, SD, was sited only two miles from Don Veltkamp’s home. After learning about the program and spending many hours helping as a volunteer, including handling and rescuing ospreys under Janie’s instruction, Don found a new passion in raptors and joined Birds of Prey Northwest.
Mission Efforts & History
Birds of Prey Northwest’s mission is to educate the public about birds of prey, though live raptor presentations and other expanding outreach, and provide medical treatment to injured, sick, and orphaned wild raptors with the goal of returning them to the wild. In 2018, Birds of Prey Northwest will celebrate its 25th year, as a nonprofit founded by raptor biologist and executive director Janie Veltkamp in St. Marie’s, Idaho. Janie's early work helping reintroduce Peregrine Falcons to urban sites led her to realize the unique position birds of prey hold as both powerful educators and bioindicators of ecological systems.
With dedicated board members, core staff, volunteers, and partners, she is guiding Birds of Prey Northwest into the future, including state, regional and national education outreach, and state-of-the-art rehabilitation facilities and techniques. Her pioneering leadership of the team that made a 3D-printed prosthetic beak for Beauty the Bald Eagle, and her coauthorship of the children's book Beauty and the Beak: How Science, Technology, and a 3D-Printed Beak Rescued a Bald Eagle, have brought Birds of Prey Northwest’s work to worldwide attention.
Our goals are met through program fees, sale of books and other educational materials, and private donations, with 100% of our annual budget going towards our mission.
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Veterinary Support kindly provided by:
Dr. Annie Bowes at Emergency Pet Clinic in Post Falls, Idaho
Dr. Kevin Rogers and Dr. Fenton McQuire at Kootenai Animal Hospital in Post Falls, Idaho
Janie (Fink) Veltkamp – President and Executive Director
Janie received training at the prestigious University of Minnesota Raptor Center where she learned how to expertly care for and treat medically injured birds of prey. She received her Masters degree in Biology from Purdue University, where her thesis investigated wintering Bald Eagle habitat in Indiana.
Her work began reintroducing peregrine falcons in the Midwest and more recently ospreys and peregrines in South Dakota. Since then, she has treated two thousand injured birds of prey and lectures extensively about the ecology of birds of prey, traveling with specially trained eagles, hawks, owls and falcons. She works closely with the Idaho Department of Fish and Game, and is permitted for her work through the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Janie is also a Master Falconer and has a bachelor's degree in nursing.
Her long term plan is to develop an educational raptor center in the Coeur d’Alene area.