Celebrate the Holidays with The Bird Center!

The Bird Center of Washtenaw County invites you to celebrate the holidays with us!

Location: Wild Birds Unlimited Ann Arbor – 2208 S. Main St., Ann Arbor
Date: Saturday, December 14 at 6:30pm

We will be celebrating 2019 and the holiday season with a fun night planned!

Throughout the evening you can check out our Bird Center merchandise we’ll have for sale, along with free informational handouts. Our Clinic Director Andrea will be there to answer questions about birds and the 2019 season.

Nature and Bird Photographer Jocelyn Anderson will be there selling her work, with a portion of the proceeds going to the Center!


Our ambassador blue jay Blue and our domestic peacock Gerald (that is temporarily staying with us) will be there for you to meet.

For a $10 donation, you can get your holiday photo taken with one of these beautiful birds. We will even be providing Christmas hats or reindeer antlers for the photo if you’d like, plus a themed backdrop!

*More special surprises will be at the event, but we don’t want to give it all away! You’ll have to come to the event to see for yourself!

  • There is no entry fee!
  • This event is family-friendly.
  • Small side snacks will be available.

Check out our Facebook Event page for more info. We hope to see you there!

Shopping on Amazon for Holiday Deals?

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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!

Greetings from the Bird Center!

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.

Nestling red-bellied woodpeckers.

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.

Nestling red-bellied woodpecker.

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.

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With gratitude,
Andrea Aiuto, Clinic Manager, the 2019 staff; and the Board of Directors

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!