Welcome to the Raptor Trust

The Raptor Trust is one of the premier wild bird rehabilitation centers in the United States. Located in central New Jersey, the Trust includes a hospital with state-of-the- art medical facilities, quality exterior housing for several hundred birds, and an education building. A stalwart advocate for birds of prey for three decades, it is now recognized as a national leader in the fields of raptor conservation and avian rehabilitation.The Raptor Trust is open to the public seven days a week. Visitors are afforded a unique opportunity to view at close range the many hawks, eagles, falcons and owls that are permanent residents at the facility. There is no charge to visit, but a modest donation of $2.00 per person is encouraged. The Raptor Trust is a private, non-profit, tax-exempt corporation. We receive no government support and rely on private contributions for our day-to-day survival.  Our federal tax ID number is 22-2420295.

* Please stay on the paths and in the public areas.  
* The rehabilitation areas are off limits to the public.
* Parents and group leaders: Please supervise your children and students.  
* Children must remain with their parents/teachers at all times.
* Maintain a ratio of no more than five children to one adult at all times.
* No running, loud noises, kicking stones, etc.
Please respect our birds. Thank you.

Current Visiting hours: 9am-4pm
Current Bird Admitting hours: 9am-4pm

VISITOR Parking  1452 White Bridge Road.Please park in large “Visitors” lot Hours for Bird Admit & Visiting

Winter: 9 a.m.- 4 p.m. Spring (March 15-Memorial Day): 9 a.m.- 5 p.m. Summer: 9 a.m.- 7 p.m. Fall (Labor Day-Oct 1): 9 a.m.- 5 p.m.
BIRD ADMITTING Parking 1390 White Bridge RoadPlease park in “Bird Admitting Only” lot


New Jersey’s Hawks, by Len Soucy Raptor Trust founder, Len Soucy, completed the manuscript for this new book on New Jersey’s hawks shortly before his death in 2014. The Raptor Trust team has been working behind the scenes since that time with illustrators, photographers, editors, designers and printers to bring Len’s final work to life, and here it is. The last publication to deal specifically and only with the 16 species of hawks which occur in our state was over 45 years ago. This timely work is beautifully illustrated by Michael McNelly. With additional color photos by Len Soucy and others, it is a perfect companion piece to Len’s 2000 book, New Jersey’s Owls. With the forward by Governor Thomas H. Kean.

To purchase a copy and help support our efforts, use the link below to our TRT online store.



Support The Raptor Trust as the Raccoon Ridge Raptor Birding Team heads to the Delaware Water Gap on May 6th for a 24 bird-watching marathon as a part of NJ Audubon’s annual “World Series of Birding.” The team participates in the “carbon neutral challenge,” doing the entire 24-hour event by bicycle. Rain or shine, the team will be birding on May 6th to identify as many species as possible in one day. The Team’s members are:

  • Steve Bagen – captain, team founder, Raccoon Ridge fall hawk watch team member and NJ Audubon staff member
  • Maura Griffin – team founder and Raccoon Ridge fall hawk watch team member
  • Scott Wood – original team member and Raccoon Ridge fall hawk watch team member
  • Chris Soucy – Raptor Trust director

To make a donation, please click the button below. Thank you!


Saturday, April 29, 1:00 pm

Registration Required 908-647-1091

Ages 7 years – Adult $10.00 per person

Baby bird season is just around the corner! Find out about this amazing time in the lives of New Jersey’s birds as they build their nests, lay their eggs, and begin to care for their hungry hatchlings. Take a close-up look at the Trust’s collection of actual nests and eggs, peek in on the nests of several endangered NJ raptors by way of nest cam, and meet a live hawk or owl that nests in this state. We’ll also find out more about what we can do to help all wild birds during this bird-busy time of year. After or before the program you are welcome to take a self-guided tour of our outdoor display aviaries. Please park in the visitor’s lot and join us at our Ed. Center.


Looking for Unique gifts stop by our local store for bird lovers gifts, as well as birding books for children & adults, hand-crafted jewelry, stuffed animals, Raptor Trust apparel and more. You can also find great gifts on our Online Gift Shop. On-site store hours are 9 a.m to 4 p.m. every day. All sales support the work of The Raptor Trust.


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