Back to Normal

Thanks to our wonderful staff and volunteers, we’ve made the hectic move back to our normal location. Many thanks to the Ann Arbor Animal Hospital for generously allowing us to use their facilities, and thank you to all the volunteers who shared their time helping us move!

If you need assistance with a bird, please call us at our regular phone number – 734.761.9640.

Juvenile eastern bluebirds.

Temporary Location

Today the Bird Center temporarily moved out of our building so it can be used for the election on Tuesday, August 6th. With the help of our amazing staff and volunteers, we transported all of our birds and supplies to a local vet hospital down the road. We’ll be staying there until mid-day on Wednesday, August 7th.

We try to not accept many birds while we’re away, and we refer out only to prevent any disruption at the vet hospital. If truly needed, though, we will meet you outside in the parking lot to collect a bird from you and have you fill out a brief intake form. 

Again, we will not be at our regular location from Sunday, August 4th until Wednesday, August 7th, except for moving purposes. To contact the Bird Center during the time we are gone, you can call our temporary phone line at 734.882.5085.

Thank you for your cooperation, and we apologize for the inconvenience!

Pigeon in a box.

Eastern Bluebirds Update

These beautiful photos of our three eastern bluebirds were taken by our supervisor Rachel. All three birds have wing injuries and are currently waiting to be placed in a zoo aviary. These gorgeous bluebirds are thriving, can climb trees, and are eating crickets and mealworms wonderfully. If they didn’t have a good quality of life or couldn’t handle themselves, we would not want that kind of life for them. They all have irreversible wing injuries but get around great with partial flight to land. Thankfully, many accredited zoos have aviaries with bluebird breeding programs to help the population, and we are hoping we can place them in a zoo aviary soon!

Click on the images for a full-sized view!

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!