COVID-19 Update and BC Events Rescheduled

To our Bird Center community and supporters:

The Bird Center of Washtenaw County would like to address the COVID-19 outbreak and our plan. Our clinic director and board members met on Saturday, March 14th, to discuss all options.

At this time we do not have active volunteers in the Center. We have two staff members and our director in the Center part-time tending to birds. We do not plan to start training volunteers or interns until mid to late April, when hopefully this virus slows down. Before our move back this week, we used an ozone neutralizer for sanitization and sterilization purposes. For 24 hours it cleansed the Center, and then we aired it out. Our birds are in a fresh, clean environment, as are the staff.

We will continue to follow all sanitation protocols in the Center over the next few months, however we are open to accept birds. This time of year is when we often see collisions and early hatchlings in need. Please call us if you need assistance – 734.761.9640. We will be going to full-time hours come mid-April. It is important for us to provide proper care for our current patients and any others in need.

We are following the City of Ann Arbor’s instructions to withhold any public event over 50 people until after April 6th. Most activities and events around the campus in Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti are being suspended for 30 days.


Volunteer Orientation Rescheduled:

Our volunteer orientation originally scheduled for March 28th has been postponed and rescheduled for April 18th from 9:30am-12pm at the same location. All details can be found on our Facebook events page. We hope you can make this newly scheduled date. This date is set; however, it could change again if anything worsens/continues. We understand if you do not wish to attend. We are looking at ways to record the session and share the PowerPoint with those who are staying home for precautionary reasons.

Flyaway Fundraiser Rescheduled:

Our annual Flyaway Fundraiser originally scheduled for April 4th has been postponed and rescheduled for Sunday, April 26th, same time and location. All details can be found on our Facebook events page. If you cannot attend this event or do not wish to attend due to the virus, we completely understand.

We are hoping things subside over the next 30 days. If you have already purchased tickets to the event and are unable to attend the new date, you can get a full refund, or you can choose to donate your ticket fee to the Center.

The last weekend of April is often a busy time with graduation/moving weekend, but we hope you can squeeze us in! This new date is also right before our busy season, so funds to support our baby season will truly be needed. If you’d like, you can always donate via PayPal Giving or order an item from our Amazon Wish List instead.

Thank you for your cooperation and understanding at this time. We want to make sure everyone is staying safe! If you have any questions, please feel free to email birdcentermanager@gmail.com.

2020 Volunteer Orientation

Cedar waxwings on nest.

When:
Saturday, April 18, 2020
9:30am – 12pm

Where:
Washtenaw Community College 
Gunder Myran Building Room 319

UPDATE 3/15/2020: Our volunteer orientation originally scheduled for March 28th has been postponed and rescheduled for April 18th from 9:30am-12pm at the same location. All details can be found on our Facebook events page. We hope you can make this newly scheduled date. This date is set; however, it could change again if anything worsens/continues. We understand if you do not wish to attend. We are looking at ways to record the session and share the PowerPoint with those who are staying home for precautionary reasons.

The Bird Center could not operate without the help of volunteers! At this orientation, we’ll answer all of your questions about volunteering at the Bird Center and what we do to help birds!

We’ll talk about the different positions available, what you’ll be doing as a volunteer, and we’ll watch a quick Bird Center video to help you get to know us better. Snacks and refreshments provided! This orientation is NOT required to volunteer with us, but it’s highly recommended. We hope to see you there!

Get a head start on your volunteer application by visiting our Volunteer page!

Save the date for Flyaway X!

When:
Sunday, April 26, 2020
from 11:30am – 2:30pm

Where:
Chelsea Train Depot
125 Jackson St. Chelsea, MI

UPDATE 3/15/2020: Our annual Flyaway Fundraiser originally scheduled for April 4th has been postponed and rescheduled for Sunday, April 26th, same time and location. All details can be found on our Facebook events page. If you cannot attend this event or do not wish to attend due to the virus, we completely understand.

For more information about our 10th Annual Flyaway Event, or to purchase tickets in advance, please visit our Flyaway X page!

Celebrate the Holidays with The Bird Center!

The Bird Center of Washtenaw County invites you to celebrate the holidays with us!

Location: Wild Birds Unlimited Ann Arbor – 2208 S. Main St., Ann Arbor
Date: Saturday, December 14 at 6:30pm

We will be celebrating 2019 and the holiday season with a fun night planned!

Throughout the evening you can check out our Bird Center merchandise we’ll have for sale, along with free informational handouts. Our Clinic Director Andrea will be there to answer questions about birds and the 2019 season.

Nature and Bird Photographer Jocelyn Anderson will be there selling her work, with a portion of the proceeds going to the Center!

https://jocelynandersonphotographyshop.com/


Our ambassador blue jay Blue and our domestic peacock Gerald (that is temporarily staying with us) will be there for you to meet.

For a $10 donation, you can get your holiday photo taken with one of these beautiful birds. We will even be providing Christmas hats or reindeer antlers for the photo if you’d like, plus a themed backdrop!

*More special surprises will be at the event, but we don’t want to give it all away! You’ll have to come to the event to see for yourself!

  • There is no entry fee!
  • This event is family-friendly.
  • Small side snacks will be available.

Check out our Facebook Event page for more info. We hope to see you there!