Below are some frequently asked questions and answers about our services. If you need specific help or your question isn’t answered here, you should contact us at


Yes. LEWF received it's 501(c)3 status in 2014. All donations are tax-deductible, we will send a receipt after you place your donation.
We offer donations through PayPal or by sending a check to PO Box 957 Santa Cruz, NM 87567. Make checks payable to Land of Enchantment Wildlife Foundation or LEWF. If you are making a donation to a direct cause through LEWF, please include this in the memo section. Send us an email at with any questions you may have.
Yes, our site is 100% safe and secure. We use 128-bit SSL, the same level of encryption used by large banks around the world. You can feel confident in making a donation on today!
Absolutely! All donations are welcome. The following is a list of common items we use routinely for wildlife rehabilitation: rags or used towels; cardboard boxes; newspaper; puppy pads. However, due to strict diets, we prefer to buy food items as opposed to having it donated.
Injured birds of prey can be reported through the Hawks Aloft Raptor Hotline: 505-999-7740. All other animals can be reported to the New Mexico Game and Fish: 505-476-8000. Please never approach an injured animal without professional supervision!
Wildlife rehabilitation organizations across the state of New Mexico thrive on volunteers. Please reach out to them about opportunities or send LEWF an email at and we will be happy to connect you.
On average, an American Black Bear cub will need around $10,000 in food and medical care for the eight months of rehabilitation.
Depending on the size (flamulated owl vs bald eagle), a raptor can cost anywhere between $450-$2,000 in food during 3-9 months of rehabilitation.
LEWF hosts the annual Eat Like a Bear Buffet and Bear Festival at the Los Alamos Nature Center. The buffet is a fundraiser with limited seating while the festival is open to the public. In addition, LEWF assists other wildlife rehab organizations on Earth Day. Other events can be found on the websites of each organization and on our Events page.
Be conscious of your household waste by adequately securing your trash until the day of collection. Also, as Spring approaches, bring in your bird feeders at night and reduce the time you have your hummingbird feeders out. Finally, if you have fruit trees or chickens, consider installing an electric fence to protect them. Remember, a fed bear is a dead bear.
Yes, we do! Travel to our "Request a Grant" page under "About us" and fill out the form to begin the process.