Amid the COVID 19 (coronavirus) pandemic, Dayton Valley Wildlife Reststop is accepting injured and orphaned wildlife. Please read this special notice regarding our policies during this time.
The safety of our staff, volunteers, and community is essential.   This policy includes all members of the general public as well as rescuers.  If you find an orphaned or injured animal in need of help, please call Dayton Valley Wildlife Reststop 775-246-0470. We will discuss safe drop off protocols with you by phone.  Our priority is to keep our animal care team healthy and safe so they can continue to focus on caring for our residents. Please do not come to the center. You may get an answering machine but your call will be returned.
If you find injured or orphaned wildlife please place it in a box away from pets and children.   Please have an adult make the call as care instructions will be given. You will need to help arrange transport for the bird or mammal.  We appreciate your cooperation and support at this time!

Baby Great Horned Owl

Spring brings new life to DVWR.

Photo of rescued baby Great Horned Owl

at just a few days old and then 10 days later

looking well-fed and growing!


The mighty takes flight.

After a very specialized treatment plan, the eagle recovered and was transported

for release.   The eagle flew to a large cottonwood tree looked around for about twenty minutes

then took off for parts unknown.


Release season…

After months of constant care they successfully took their leave.

Baby in the house.

This baby hawk is receiving care at DVWR. Growing strong day by day.

From the Big to the Very Small

Injured in a collision with a semi-truck  this Golden Eagle appears to be making a good comeback.

Great horned owl babies are growing fast  and although not readily seen in the image a young hummingbird is the

smallest guest at DVWR.


A baby and way more babies…

A Great Horned Owl baby is at DVWR along with some very young jackrabbits.

All are doing well.

High wind survivor

This baby Great Horned Owl is recovering at DVWR after being blown out of the

nest during a storm and sustaining an eye injury.  Prognosis very good!

It’s Getting Busy……

The release of a Great Horned Owl and Red-tailed Hawk have kicked off the season.  New arrivals included  a Screech Owl & Golden Eagle and a rabbit  all are receiving the best care.


Fly Away!

A good Samaritan brought in a Red-tail Hawk found standing by the side of the road.  Evelyn determined the injuries, which luckily were minor.  The raptor then did a  quick recovery at DVWR and released into the Nevada sky!

Emergency Shorebird Care

For  six weeks DVWR  continued to take in hundreds of shorebirds suffering from the botulism outbreak at Carson Lake in Churchill County.  All hands were on deck for the monumental task of caring for the new arrivals.  Additional space was needed so a new flight pen was constructed under Mike’s direction,  Evelyn trained volunteers to assist with the immediate hydration & then feeding needs. With this specialized care many of the birds showed signs of recovery,  gained strength and were on their feet!  Many thanks to the onsite feeding volunteers, those who  drove 120 miles roundtrip from Fallon to Dayton Valley Wildlife Reststop bringing the suffering birds in for care, and those who coordinated and sent donations for feeding supplies.  When Evelyn determined the birds were strong enough, they were released in different wetland areas well away from Carson Lake.