As of November 1, we have temporarily moved out of our facility for building maintenance and repairs. We are currently not accepting intakes and referring all songbird calls to Howell Nature Center and the Michigan DNR licensed rehabilitator list. We are still checking voicemails a few times a day for any other concerns or questions. It is undetermined when we will return to our regular facility, but as soon as we know, we will update and return to winter hours for intakes.
Until then, enjoy this beautiful picture of Kenneth, a pileated woodpecker currently in our care!
We are currently accepting intern applications for the 2021 season. Deadline to apply is February 20, 2021, with Zoom interviews to be scheduled shortly after. Training will begin mid-April and our “main” season begins on May 1, 2021.
If you are interested in applying, please visit our internship page for more information!
This year has been like no other and for more reasons than you might think. In 2020, our small clinic has received more injured and orphaned birds than any single year since we began our work in 2004. To date we have given care and compassion to over 1400 wild birds and this year is not over. Window collisions, cat attacks and habitat destruction have been the overwhelming reasons for this record-setting year.
The staff and volunteers at the Bird Center have worked tirelessly to rehabilitate and release those in need. Ultimately this increase in patient numbers, along with fundraising and staff shortages due to the pandemic, have stretched both our facility and our resources to their limits. Our tiny building can no longer sustain the growing number of birds in need of medical care. These record-breaking numbers forced us to close our doors to new intakes several times throughout this year. Now the Bird Center is asking for your support…
Your tax-deductible donation can keep the Bird Center open and ready to give professional and compassionate care to wild birds from all over SE Michigan. In this season of giving, we ask that you help us to give them a second chance at a free and healthy life in the wild.
On behalf of all wildlife and the Bird Center team, thank you! Warm regards,Andrea Aiuto, Clinic Director, and the Bird Center Board of Directors
PS – Did you know? Almost 90% of your donation goes directly to the care of wild songbirds!
Set your clocks early and be ready by 7:59am tomorrow if you wish to make a donation towards Giving Tuesday match day! Facebook is matching 7 million dollars in donations beginning at 8am EST on December 1st. Visit our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/BirdCenterWashtenaw to donate.