Spring Cleaning Weekend

The 2015 Bird Center spring cleaning weekend is rapidly approaching and we are still in need of volunteers to help get everything ready for our birds.  We would love your help!


Saturday, April 18th, we are going to clean the premises, inside and out; plant some flowers, spiff the place up a bit. We plan to start about 12:00and finish about 4:00.  Cleaning supplies will be made available (including dust masks) but if you have garden tools, e.g. rakes, pruners, weeders, etc., please bring them with you!  Also, if you have a favorite pair of garden gloves or housecleaning type gloves, please feel free to bring them along as well!
On Sunday, April 19th, we are painting the interior of the building to lighten and freshen things up for the new season. We plan to start about 12:00 and finish about 4:00.  All supplies will be provided!
If you can help one of those 2 days, please contact Laurie Woolley @ lewoolle@umich.edu or (734) 417-1771.

Volunteer Orientation for 2015

Bird Center of Washtenaw County 2015 Volunteer Orientation is Saturday April 25th from 9:00 am – 12:00.
We are seeking volunteers to help feed and care for baby and  injured adult birds at our Ann Arbor location.
We will be hosting a presentation to learn more about our organization in the Gunder Myran Building (also houses the library) on the Washtenaw Community College campus. We will be in room 319, and will have signs posted to follow to our space.


Winter at the Bird Center

Dear Bird Center Supporter:

Hope this email finds you well and surviving this most recent blast of cold weather. I am quite sure the almost incapacitated squirrels were communicating that this was on the way so it should be no surprise.

As of 10-31-14, the Mary Street location was closed for the season and cleaned up thoroughly to make way for the election the next week. We had birds that found homes with willing volunteers for future release dates depending on weather, need, medication regime. We continue to field calls and assist on our help lines as much as possible. If this winter is as difficult as last winter, we will be busy giving advice and offering help with birds that are suffering the conditions.

Although the Mary St. is closed for the season, we have different ways that you can help us out if you chose to that may help you out as well. We are working on an online shopping site of our own which we hope to launch soon- proceeds will benefit Bird Center of Washtenaw County and there will be great items.

Also, if you are doing any online shopping, please think of the Bird Center of Washtenaw County if you use the following:
– Amazon.com …… sign up for Amazon Smile and select us as the charity
– Goodshop.com………… select our name as the charity to support
– Goodsearch.com………..select our name as the charity to support

It is easy to do this and it really helps us out without costing you anything. This is a time of year when many of us are spending much more time and money shopping online, so please think of us before you complete your purchase.

And as always, one of most productive programs has been with Kroger. It has been a good deal for those who have signed up to get the card and discounts on groceries, and we also get discounts on products as well as support from Kroger. So please remember to renew your Kroger card each May.

Thank you for another wonderful season at the Bird Center, we could not keep it going without your support.

Carol Akerlof

The Bird Center of Washtenaw County Inc

Exciting News About Our Educational Blue Jay!

Dear Friend,

Many of you have seen Blue, a Blue Jay that came to the Center last spring after its nest tree was cut down. The family that rescued Blue kept it until the bird started making strange sounds, including cell phone sounds. At that point they brought it to the Bird Center. We did not think it could be safely returned to the wild and so we came to have our first educational bird. A falconer fitted Blue with tiny soft leather jesses so that the bird could be safely handled without danger of escaping or hitting a window in a school room.

Yesterday Blue charmed the residents of Glacier Hills Retirement Center in Ann Arbor. This morning the volunteer with whom Blue lives in the winter reported that Blue had been acting unusual and had laid an Egg!!!! Bailey thinks that Blue is a unisex name and that SHE should remain Blue! We are consulting with her vet to see if there is anything special we should be doing.

At least Blue thinks that it is spring!

Carol, for the Bird Center Crew

Bird Center Blue Jay