We need your help for the move!

The Bird Center is also a city polling station and will be used for the election on Tuesday, August 6th. We need to move out of the Center for the election, and we need your help!

We will be moving the birds over to the Ann Arbor Animal Hospital on Sunday, August 4th at 11am and returning them to the Bird Center on Wednesday, August 7th at 11am.

On Sunday, August 4th, we will need 3-4 people to help transport birds and supplies, and another 4-5 people to help clean the Center. We will also need 1-2 trucks or large vehicles to move the larger enclosures.

On Wednesday, August 7th, we also need several volunteers to transport everything back to the Bird Center and help clean the room at the Ann Arbor Animal Hospital.

We could also use some help with a bit of gardening! If you would like to help tend to flowers and clean up the outside of the Center, please let us know!

If you would like to help out, please email birdteamvolunteer@gmail.com to let us know what days you are available to help. We will then provide you with more details as we get closer to the move. We appreciate your help!

Juvenile purple martin.
Juvenile purple martin.

Several releases this week!

Our two song sparrows and our Baltimore Oriole were released yesterday from their flight cage and out into nature! Yesterday we also released a northern flicker that was brought to us after a tree was cut down and he suffered mild injuries. Our intern Molly released him. Molly is from Boston and spent the summer with us and is sadly leaving in a few weeks. Her parents were in town and were able to view the release!

Chimney Swift Season is Here!

We were recently looking back at photos from last year at this time and realized it’s baby chimney swift season! We got a call yesterday from another local rehabber about transferring some swifts to us today, but that must’ve jinxed us, since yesterday we received seven chimney swifts within a four hour period!

If your chimney is not capped, there is a chance that swifts will find their way in and make a nest. They can be very loud, but it’s an honor to have this rare species in your protective cavity. Please be aware, it is against the law to remove them or have the chimney capped until they leave. They are federally protected and a very important species.

If you have chimney swifts in your chimney and they have fallen to the bottom, we can give you many tips and tricks on ways to “renest” them back up into the chimney from either inside your home or from your roof.

If you have found a swift, do not give it any food or water – call the Bird Center for further instructions. They require a specific diet and feeding them incorrectly can harm them greatly.

We are still having issues with our answering machine, but please feel free to call us during business hours if you have any questions or concerns about swifts (or any other bird). We answer our phone from 7:30 AM until 8:30 PM: 734.761.9640

They also eat a ton of worms every 15 minutes, so any donation will help us out! We purchase our mealworms from Rainbow Mealworms – if you’d like to purchase a gift certificate for us, click the “Gift Certificates” link at the top of their website, and enter birdcentera2@gmail.com as the “Recipient’s Email.” We appreciate your support!

Here is our intern Tera learning how to feed these chatty insectivores:

Spread your wings with the Bird Center!

Our latest Bonfire campaign t-shirt was designed by Bird Center volunteer and supporter Maureen Smith. Her inspiration was drawn from a favorite patient at the Bird Center – a female pileated woodpecker named Janet.

This design was submitted to Bonfire weeks ago but we had a slight delay with the approval process. Sadly, we lost Janet this week, but we can still celebrate her and honor her forever on a t-shirt. This item means a lot to the staff and volunteers, and we are offering you three options!

Any purchase made from these apparel items directly supports the Bird Center to help us continue the work we do. Donations support the Bird Center with proper food, medicine, and supplies for all the birds in our care.

This campaign ends on July 26, 2019, and shipments will arrive between August 6th – August 15th. Click the image below to purchase!

Pileated woodpecker t-shirt.
In memory of Janet.

Looking for more Bird Center apparel items? Visit our Bonfire Store!