Wildlife rehabilitators are considered essential employees right now as we help injured or abandoned wildlife during the most important time of their lives. We are doing everything we can to keep ourselves, and you, safe by practicing all proper protocols during this scary time.
In a few weeks we will start seeing cases. We have limited interns starting because we need many hands when it comes to baby season.
Tax deductible donations are very important right now to keep us operating and helping the wildlife. More importantly, however, we could use your help with keeping safe. To make sure everyone is staying “germ free” – especially in our small facility – gloves and masks are highly needed right now.
If you know how to sew and you’re crafty, you can help us! Click the link below for more information, and thank you for your support!
Update 4/8/2020: We have made the decision to cancel our Volunteer Orientation AND our Annual Flyaway Fundraiser. Please see the following post for more details:
To our Bird Center community and supporters:
The Bird Center of Washtenaw County would like to address the COVID-19 outbreak and our plan. Our clinic director and board members met on Saturday, March 14th, to discuss all options.
At this time we do not have active volunteers in the Center. We have two staff members and our director in the Center part-time tending to birds. We do not plan to start training volunteers or interns until mid to late April, when hopefully this virus slows down. Before our move back this week, we used an ozone neutralizer for sanitization and sterilization purposes. For 24 hours it cleansed the Center, and then we aired it out. Our birds are in a fresh, clean environment, as are the staff.
We will continue to follow all sanitation protocols in the Center over the next few months, however we are open to accept birds. This time of year is when we often see collisions and early hatchlings in need. Please call us if you need assistance – 734.761.9640. We will be going to full-time hours come mid-April. It is important for us to provide proper care for our current patients and any others in need.
We are following the City of Ann Arbor’s instructions to withhold any public event over 50 people until after April 6th. Most activities and events around the campus in Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti are being suspended for 30 days.
We have roughly four weeks to raise money for our Clinic Director so she can go to the NWRA Conference in Texas. We strive to provide the best care for our birds, and by attending continuing education conferences and classes, we can always be up-to-date. It is also a great opportunity to meet other rehabbers and learn from them. A well-informed director will be able to run a well-kept center, and we want nothing but the best for our birds!
More information about the conference and the fundraiser are in the GoFundMe link below.
Please consider making a donation if possible. We appreciate your support!