We’re happy to announce our first Bonfire fundraiser of 2020!
With more litter being inserted into our environment every day, plastic is a detrimental issue for our wildlife that greatly affects animals. We need to do better, and we can do this together! This year the Bird Center has made a goal to use less plastic as much as possible. By using reusable tote bags, you can help, too!
Below are the two bag options for Bird Center reusable tote bags – little bird bag or BC logo bag.
*This campaign ends 1/16/2020* Help the environment while supporting the birds! Net proceeds from this campaign go towards daily operations at the Center. Looking for more Bird Center apparel? Check out our Bonfire store!
Our clinic director Andrea is hosting our #GivingTuesday fundraiser on our Facebook page! It officially starts tomorrow at 8:00am, but donations can be given prior. We are starting things off today, a day early, so everyone gets a chance to read our story. Any donation towards our fundraiser is greatly appreciated. We are open for the winter and expect 2020 to be a bigger year for us. We are growing as a Center, but also more birds are needing assistance. We want to always be around to help these beautiful animals, so please help us continue the work we do with a donation if possible. All donations made towards the Bird Center are tax deductible. Thank you as always for your support!
We opened the doors of our tiny clinic in downtown Ann Arbor fifteen years ago and every year since have cared for thousands of injured and orphaned birds (1100 birds so far in 2019). These birds are often nestlings, fallen from their nest (with no parent in sight), from a nest found after a tree has been cut down (see story below) or injured by dogs, cats and even raptors. Many of the birds we treat have been hurt by flying into windows. We rehabilitate as many of these birds as we can with the goal of releasing them back to their natural environment.
In June, we received three nestling red-bellied woodpeckers who were found after their tree was cut down. The birds required a tremendous amount of care, with feedings every thirty minutes. One of the birds arrived with an irreparable wing injury preventing him from being able to be released, but we were able to secure him a place at a zoo as an “educational ambassador”. A second male from the nest was successfully released in late August and the third from the nest, a female, was finally released in late October, after a lengthy recuperation. Saving these three birds from this one nest has taken many hours of time from our clinic professionals, interns and volunteers, and these are just three of the more than one thousand birds we have helped in our clinic just this year.
It’s hard to imagine the huge amount of work that comes out of our small building that is the Bird Center. We hope for a larger space one day to better accommodate our injured friends and the many people who are working long hours every day to help them. The number of injured birds we receive is growing every year. Recent analysis from decades of data on bird populations shows that in the last 50 years, one in four birds in North America has disappeared. Now more than ever, the work that we do to save as many of these birds as we can is of utmost importance. The Bird Center is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization and receives no state or federal support. Your donations allowed us care for the red-bellied woodpeckers and the hundreds of other birds that we have helped. With your support, we can expand this important work. Please give generously.
With gratitude, Andrea Aiuto, Clinic Manager, the 2019 staff; and the Board of Directors
This beautiful migrating vireo came to the Center after a collision injury. We noticed some swelling around the right wing, but thankfully no breaks were felt. We are treating with pain meds, anti-inflammatories, and antibiotics. We are hoping for a quick yet successful recovery to get this bird back on that migration path!
We are asking for donations towards this bird’s care and others alike. All donations are tax deductible and go directly towards the care of our birds. Donations can easily be made through Paypal or on our Facebook page. Thank you for your support!
Students are returning to school, the cooler temperatures are occurring, and the college football season is about to kick off!
On Saturday, August 31st, U of M football has their first home game at 7:30pm. We are right down the road from the stadium and in a very high-traffic football area. Come say hello to us if you are in town for the first college football home game or if you are moving in! We will be off Hoover near the IM building offering beverages, chocolate chip cookies AND chocolate chocolate chip cookies for donations to support the Bird Center.
Please Note: We do not provide tours of the Bird Center. It is a hospital with sick or injured wild animals. However, we are willing to talk to you about any questions you may have as you are passing by on your way to the game!