We don’t like being the bearer of disappointing news, but sadly we have some:
We have made the decision to cancel our Volunteer Orientation AND our Annual Flyaway Fundraiser.
At this time, it is in everyone’s best interest for safety and health reasons to not have our two upcoming in-person events. We don’t know if the stay at home regulation will be extended or not, but regardless, we will be canceling. Thank you for understanding, and please stay safe!
For now, this event will be postponed. We hope to have it later this summer or early fall when times will hopefully be better.
If you are able, we are still needing donations from our Amazon Wishlist or donations via Paypal so we can operate throughout the summer. Without having the fundraiser, we will be losing out on a lot of our season start-up fund.
If you are interested in helping us this season, you can download the application from our website and submit it via email. We will have volunteers on a limited schedule starting in May, and allowing only one volunteer to help at a time. We will have other guidelines and check points to follow during this time. We will have gloves and masks for anyone inside the building.
Once you send in an application, you will receive via email everything you would at the in-person orientation. We are going to try to host a Zoom chat on 4/18, and we will keep you posted about it!
Update 4/8/2020: We have made the decision to cancel our Volunteer Orientation AND our Annual Flyaway Fundraiser. Please see the following post for more details:
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.
We have roughly four weeks to raise money for our Clinic Director so she can go to the NWRA Conference in Texas. We strive to provide the best care for our birds, and by attending continuing education conferences and classes, we can always be up-to-date. It is also a great opportunity to meet other rehabbers and learn from them. A well-informed director will be able to run a well-kept center, and we want nothing but the best for our birds!
More information about the conference and the fundraiser are in the GoFundMe link below.
Please consider making a donation if possible. We appreciate your support!
We have officially launched our Patreon page! Patreon is a fundraising platform with monthly memberships and tiers. You can join and donate just a dollar a month or more, it just depends on you! We have also listed other ways you can support us on the Patreon site. Members who sign up will receive special links with education or information, and even be entered into drawings to see successfully rehabbed birds released! Only members can see our posts, photos, and links on our Patreon page.
Check out the link below to learn more about Patreon and join the Bird Center membership program to offer your support!