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!


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:


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

Help Reduce Window Collisions

This is our second northern flicker we have received in the past 24 hours, and both are window collision cases.

Making simple changes to the windows in your home can save birds’ lives. This informative article from the American Bird Concervancy provides tips and resources on how you can easily reduce collision injuries and deaths. Get started today with helping to Bring Birds Back!

Northern flicker recovering from window collision.

Support our songbirds!

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!

Vireo being treated for collision injuries.