Tampa Bay Raptor Rescue is a 501(C)(3) non-profit organization that serves the purpose of rescuing and releasing our injured or orphaned Florida Native birds back into their natural environment.  We are driven to help preserve our native birds and are dedicated to conservation education.  We serve the greater  Tampa Bay area, including Pinellas, Pasco, Hillsborough counties and the surrounding areas.

We are an organization of volunteers and a network of licensed rehabilitators that serves the public need for bird/avian rescue in the Tampa Bay area and beyond. Members of this organization are committed to the best practices and work with federally and state permitted rehabilitation centers that adhere to the best national standards. We work with several independent veterinary partners as well as Busch Gardens. Additionally, we work with several Animal Emergency Clinics. This organization operates solely on donations from the public.

Our shared goal is to rescue, repair, rehabilitate and release wild birds of prey. In some individual cases birds that are not releasable can be placed permanently in educational programs as avian ambassadors.

Barb Walker

President, Tampa Bay Raptor Rescue

Pinellas-Pasco County EagleWatch Coordinator, VP of Clearwater Audubon, Board of Directors Audubon Florida, Federal sub-permittee of Penny Boehm, Permitted FWC transporter, permitted for Osprey nest relocation.

Nancy Murrah

Vice President, Tampa Bay Raptor Rescue

Hillsborough County EagleWatch Coordinator, 2nd VP of Tampa Audubon, Permitted FWC transporter, FWC facilitator for Project Wild, Flying Wild and Aquatic Wild, Colony Watch and Jay Watch Volunteer. After joining the Audubon EagleWatch program she was asked to rescue her first bird, a juvenile bald eagle. After that she was hooked!  Nancy, when she is not out rescuing or caring for birds, spends her time on building a center in the Tampa Bay Area to rehabilitate injured and sick birds of prey.

Cheryl Merz

Secretary, Tampa Bay Raptor Rescue

Re-nesting coordinator, Hillsborough County Colony Watch Coordinator, Eagle Watch Volunteer, BOD Tampa Audubon, Permitted FWC transporter,  Jay Watch Volunteer, Audubon Florida’s Citizen Science Volunteer for the year 2014. Cheryl is also a volunteer at Moccasin Lake Nature Park in Clearwater Florida where she helps take care of 14 birds of prey including a Bald Eagle.

Kathy Randazzo

Treasurer, Tampa Bay Raptor Rescue