Internship Applications Closed

Due to an overwhelming amount of highly qualified intern candidates for our 2021 season, we will be closing the deadline for resume and application submission five days early.

If you still have an interest in being involved with the Bird Center, please keep an eye on our website or Facebook page for upcoming volunteer opportunities, fall opportunities, or please consider us for the 2022 season. Thank you to all that applied, and good luck!

Internships Available

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!

Temporary Move

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!

Reduced Hours

As the days get shorter, we will be reducing our hours to coincide with daylight hours. Beginning today, October 1st, we will be open from 8am – 8pm. Phone calls and intakes will be accepted from 8:30am – 7pm.

If you have found a bird in need of assistance, please call the Center for further instructions. Please do not bring a bird to the Center without speaking directly to a staff member first.


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.

Fall Update

Fall migration has arrived just as we released the last of our summer babies. As we head into the next busy bird season, we want to remind our community of the Bird Center’s policies.

We are still practicing proper protocols for COVID-19. We have two signs on our doors instructing of our policies along with a sign that instructs to please knock before entering. When you call about an injured bird, we will inform you to either call when you arrive or come to the door, knock, and wait for staff as we are not allowing the public in the Center. Please also bring the bird in a box, paper bag, or an item you do not mind parting with. If you do need the item back, please make Bird Center staff aware during drop off or during the phone call before you drop off. This allows for us to quickly take the bird, assess any injuries, and provide the best possible care.

The Bird Center’s policies are in place not only due to COVID-19, but year-round as we sometimes have birds flying free in the facility for building muscles and flight practice. If you come to the Bird Center, please do not enter without being greeted by our staff first.

Thank you to our amazing community for your support in the rescue of birds! Please understand that from the start of baby season until the end of fall migration, we are feeding from sunup to sundown while managing medical treatment, numerous phone calls, and more. We need your help in providing the best care for our feathered friends!

As a thank you for your support, here is a sunset release of a Common Nighthawk that was rehabilitated after a collision. He flew wonderfully, circled the area, and then landed on a branch.