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!
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.
We have some exciting news to share! It’s been a hard summer not being able to do any public fundraising. We enjoy meeting people, we have missed discussing our mission or finding new volunteers, and donations are lower due to the lack of public events.
Local artist Lindsey Dahl has put together a socially distanced art event, and we would love for you to come! A Rare Find, an outdoor event featuring 30 local artists, kids activities and more, will take place on October 10th from 11am – 8pm. The event is across the street from the Sandhill Crane Winery in Jackson.
For more information, please visit the Facebook event page, and we hope you can come! The Bird Center will have a table at the event all day with items to purchase and information to be shared, along with 50% of the proceeds being donated to us from the event’s sales!
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.
Here’s some good news for our wonderful Bird Center supporters – we have created a 2020 t-shirt for you! In this new design, our state bird, the American Robin, escapes with a treat!
Many thanks to Bird Center volunteer Maureen Smith and Clinic Director Andrea Aiuto, who came up with this fun design for our end of summer t-shirt. Maureen has also created several designs for our past t-shirt fundraisers!
Proceeds from this Bonfire campaign will help cover expenses as usual and prep for the fall migration season!
We hope you can purchase one, or share the link, to help support the Bird Center! This t-shirt will be available for purchase for the next 15 days. For more information, please click the image below. Thank you for your support!