Molly E. Osler, 1952 – 2019

Before Christmas, the Bird Center lost a family member and our (newly resigned) president. Molly Osler passed away at home after a brief illness on November 22, 2019.

We will miss Molly’s help and support in the Bird Center’s ongoing mission. Her work with us lives on in the Bird Center logo she designed.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions be made in her memory to the Bird Center of Washtenaw County.

A memorial and celebration of life is being held in her honor this Saturday, January 18th from 6pm-9pm at the University of Michigan Museum Of Art.

View Molly’s obituary on Legacy.com.

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Be sure to use our AmazonSmile link for an easy way to donate to the Bird Center! AmazonSmile is a website operated by Amazon with the same products, prices, and shopping features as Amazon.com. The difference is that when you shop on AmazonSmile, the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the purchase price of eligible products to the charitable organization of your choice. Click the AmazonSmile image above to get started! For more information about how AmazonSmile works, click here.


You can also easily donate to the Bird Center by signing up for the Kroger Community Rewards Program. Register your Kroger Plus card online with a Kroger Rewards Account and designate the Bird Center as your charity of choice. We will automatically receive a donation from Kroger every time you use your card. You can register the Bird Center by name or by the NPO number that Kroger has assigned to us — 90972.

We appreciate your support, and we hope you have a wonderful holiday season!

Hours of Operation Update

As summer winds down and daylight gets shorter, the Bird Center will start slowly cutting back hours to coincide with sunrise/sunset. Beginning today, Monday, November 4th, the Center will now be open from 8:00am – 7:00pm, 7 days a week. Phone hours are 8:00am – 6:30pm, and intake hours are 8:00am – 6:30pm. Please do not bring a bird to the Center without speaking directly to a staff member first.

We’ll keep you updated with any other changes we make!

734.761.9640

If you have found an injured or thought to be abandoned bird, please keep it in a stress-free environment and in a contained enclosure without any food or water until you’ve spoken to a wildlife rehabilitator.

If you need immediate assistance near the Washtenaw County area, you can contact the Humane Society of Huron Valley or the Howell Nature Center. You can also contact any rehabber on the Michigan DNR website.

November Election Move

It’s that time of year again when we have to move out of our Center for the election which takes place in our building. Usually we don’t have to move out in November because we are closed for the season or only have a few birds that staff takes home, but this time we have to move because we still have over 20 birds in rehab with us!

Today, Sunday, November 3rd, we will be moving to another location from 11:00am – 3:00pm and staying there until Wednesday, November 6th. Intakes will be limited, and you can also contact the Howell Nature Center if you find a bird in need of assistance. We will not be back to the Bird Center until mid-day Wednesday. We have a temporary phone line where you can contact us:

734.882.5085

This move does give us a great opportunity to do a good fall cleaning and organize our supplies when we move back, but it can be very stressful for our birds. We hope to get a new building…one day!

Swifts Collide into NASCAR Hall of Fame Building

On Tuesday evening in Charlotte, North Carolina, 300 chimney swifts were startled out of their roost site. While flying, they collided into the NASCAR Hall of Fame building, killing over 100 and injuring hundreds more. Sadly the building didn’t have the lights out for night-time migrating birds. We are losing more and more birds daily due to HUMAN error and poor judgment.

Photo courtesy of Carolina Waterfowl Rescue.

Please donate if you can. They eat a ton and need medications. We are so thankful Carolina Waterfowl Rescue was there for them and responded despite the late hour.

Three hundred birds hit a building uptown. We got the call about 11pm and our rehab team sprung into action to help. …

Posted by Carolina Waterfowl Rescue on Tuesday, October 15, 2019