Lemonade Stand! 🍋

Are you looking for a tasty, easy way to donate to the Bird Center?

Evie Ellis is 10 years old. With help from her mom, Diana, they are raising funds for the Bird Center this weekend! This Saturday, June 29th, Evie is having a lemonade stand (freshly squeezed!) to raise money for the Bird Center. Other items for sale include mango lassi popsicles, brownies, and rice krispie treats. Yum!

Lemonade stand sign.

Come out and support Evie on Saturday, June 29th from 12p to 4p at 1708 Shadford, Ann Arbor, MI 48104.

Thank you for your generosity, Evie – we love and appreciate this so much!

Juvenile Eagle Rescue

With bad rainstorms and weather comes debilitated birds…

On Monday, the Bird Center received a phone call about an injured juvenile eagle, which is not too common around Ann Arbor! The caller sent us a video and we confirmed it was in fact an eagle. The rescuer, Jason, found this bird and was unsure what to do, but this bird was in the water, so he rescued the eagle and waited for help. Since the Bird Center was just about 20 minutes away and most facilities are closed after 4 PM, our manager Andrea and intern Jenna went out to check on the situation and triage the bird.

The Bird Center doesn’t usually do many rescues during our busy season, but there were no other options. It was indeed an injured juvenile eagle, but we were unsure of its exact age. No wing breaks were found, but there was a bug infestation and the eagle had a pale tongue. Andrea and Jenna were concerned about lead or rodenticide poisoning (unfortunately these are two common ailments seen in eagles). Jason was kind enough to transport the bird to Morrison Animal Hospital in Garden City, where Dr. Kevin Smyth cares for raptors.

Jason has updated our manager with some information from Morrison Animal Hospial:

“This large eagle is actually a first year fledgling, and is a female! She is very emaciated and may have either fallen out of the nest or been pushed out and too weak to recover. Dr. Smyth is slowly getting her back on track with eating and regaining strength.”

We are hoping for a release in the future! Her life was saved thanks to Jason’s efforts.

For more information about Dr. Smyth, visit the Morrison Animal Hospital’s website.

Guess the species!

These little babies were found in the exhaust pipe of a truck and the rescuer brought them to us immediately. They are weighing in at only 3 to 5 g and were newly hatched. We are still trying to confirm the exact species; however, we believe they are a type of swallow.

Hatchling swallows.

Please don’t kidnap wildlife!

Please don’t kidnap wildlife, and don’t interfere with wild animals unless it’s an obvious emergency! All protected species must go to a licensed rehabber if found injured or abandoned. You have 48 hours to turn the animal over to a rahabber, but for the animal’s health and safety, it should be done within the first 12 hours of finding it. If you don’t comply, you can be cited and fined, and that’s just the first offense.

It is illegal to rehab a bird or wild animal in your home without the proper permits if it is a protected species!