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!
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.
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.
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.
With gratitude, Andrea Aiuto, Clinic Manager, the 2019 staff; and the Board of Directors
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.
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:
You’re invited to join the Bird Center for an evening of education! Come hear Maureen, Bird Center volunteer and Wild Birds Unlimited employee, and Andrea, Bird Center Clinic Director, discuss recent data on collisions, cat-caught cases, pesticides, and more.
Andrea will be discussing some of the cases that were seen at the Bird Center this year, and Maureen will be discussing how we can prevent these issues.
Please call Wild Birds Unlimited Ann Arbor to RSVP! 734.418.9894