October Newsletter

Dear Friends,
The Bird Center is transitioning to our fall schedule. We are only accepting birds under special circumstances. If someone finds a bird, you may call the Bird Center at 761-9640. We will return your call within 24 hours.
You may also call:
Howell Nature Center at   517-548-5530
Sherri Smith, Licensed Rehabilitator at 734-994-6287
If you go to the Michigan.gov website there is a list of Licensed Rehabilitators by county.
If the bird is in Washtenaw County and is severely injured, call the Huron Valley Humane Society at 734-662-5585 Ext 3
There are 10 birds at the Center: 3 Grackles, 2 Pigeons, 2 Mourning Doves, 1 Cowbird, 1 Cedar Waxwing and 1 House Sparrow .
 3 House Sparrows were released from our flight cage and we will be releasing a Mourning Dove this week.
Volunteer Appreciation Party
3-5 PM

Our educational bird, BLUE will be at the party. She likes to snatch and hide things like food and other treasures, so hang onto your money!

The Bird Center is also a city polling station and will be used for the election on Tuesday November 7.
We will be moving the birds over to the Ann Arbor Animal Hospital on Sunday Nov.5 at 9 AM and returning them to the Bird Center on Wednesday Nov.8 at 2 PM
On Sunday we will need 2-3 people to help transport birds and supplies and another 3-4 people to help clean the center (and perhaps do some gardening on the outside of the center) On Wednesday move back we also need a few volunteers to transport everything back to the bird center and help clean the room at the Ann Arbor Animal Hospital.
Call the Bird Center and leave a message if you can help out.
Gabby Costello, our wonderful Clinic Manager, is stepping away from her position.  She has been at the Bird Center since 2013, first working as an intern and a supervisor.  She accepted the job as clinic manager in 2015.  Gabby is training Andrea Aiuto, who will take over the job at the end of this year.  Andrea has been with the Bird Center for 5 years and is a Veterinarian Technician.
Carol Akerloff is looking for the return of 2 precious books she lent to
The Bird Center.  
Beak to Beak and They Call Me The Birdman, both books are by Walter Crawford, founder of The World Bird Sanctuary, a rehabilitation and sanctuary for raptors in St. Louis. Please look through your library and bookcases to see if you have one or both books.
We received this note of thanks and beautiful photograph from
Tom and Jill Demske.
Dear Bird Center,
Just wanted to thank you folks for the work you do.  We so appreciate you being there to take in our injured bluebird last night. Here is a recent
photo from our property here in Lyndon Township. 
  How Baby Owls Nap Without Falling From Their Trees
  Barred Owl fledgling. Photo: Gerrit Vyn/Minden Pictures
Sometimes birds fall directly into our lives. BirdNote listener Joseph Clark tells of discovering two Barred Owlets on the ground near his home in East Haddam, Connecticut. The young birds had fallen out of an ancient sugar maple and were being harassed by ravens.
Clark scared off the ravens, and with the guidance of Kasha Breau of the Connecticut Audubon Center, got the young owls back up into the tree. The mother owl stayed nearby, keeping a close eye on the rescue.
Once the birds were safe, Breau advised Clark to observe the owlets napping, which they do during the day. What he saw delighted him. Keeping their talons tightly gripped on a branch, the owlets lie down on their stomachs, turned their heads to the side, and fall asleep. Their naps are short, and when they are asleep, they do not like to be awakened, even to be fed.

A young owl doesn’t fall out of the tree while it snoozes, because its back toe, the hallux, holds onto the branch. The hallux will not open or let go until the bird bends its leg. Still, before they can fly, most owlets explore and often end up on the ground, sometimes dropping right into the middle of our lives.

 I’m Mary McCann for Bird Note.



Stan Misevich
Interior of Flight Cage

We have a new flight cage on the property of Tempie Stahlin, a long time volunteer at the Bird Center. This brings our total of 4 cages that are used for birds who need a little practice  flying before being  released back into the wild.  Tempie’s previous cage was crushed by a falling oak tree and needed to be replaced.
The new cage was built by Eagle Scout Stanley Misevich, his dad and a crew of friends over several weekends so that Stanley could earn his Eagle Scout badge.  Stanley created the plans for the cage, had them approved by the Boy Scout Board, and raised all the money to pay for it.  Stanley juggled this project while in his final year of high school, working part time at a bowling alley, and practicing for a major role in the Dexter Drama Club’s production of The Lion King.
THANK YOU STANLEY and the crew
Matthaei Botanical Gardens Trail
Grand Opening Celebration
Saturday, October 14, 2017 – 9:30am to 12:00pm
Matthaei Botanical Gardens, 1800 N. Dixboro Rd., Ann Arbor, MI 48105
On Saturday, October 14, the newly constructed Matthaei Botanical Gardens Trail will officially be open to the public! The 2-mile paved trail connects the University of Michigan Botanical Gardens with Parker Mill Park and the Washtenaw County Border-to-Border trail system.
The celebration will include a mobile bike repair stand, face-painting, coffee trucks, membership incentives, children’s activities in the Gaffield Children’s Garden, garden tours, and an official ribbon cutting. Please join us from 9:30am to noon to celebrate the grand opening of the trail near the Campus Farm off the gardens’ south entrance.