The Bird Center of Washtenaw County is excited to announce we have a new name and a new home!
Our new name…..The Bird Center of Michigan!
The new Bird Center of Michigan is a much larger facility on 2.5 acres located in Saline, MI, allowing us to EXPAND our mission, to help songbirds from across the state.
The vision for the new facility is as vast as our needs. With four times the space of our old building, we hope to add indoor aviaries for fledglings, X-Ray technology to help treat fractures, outdoor flight pens for pre-release conditioning, to start!
As of Thursday, April 1, 2021, we will be “open for intakes”! Intake protocol will continue as follows:
Finders of injured or orphaned birds MUST call the Bird Center of Michigan, before removing or moving the animal. Callers will receive direction and/or advice as to what is best for the animal.
Thank you supporters for helping us grow and share our vision! Your tax deductible donation will give hundreds of beautiful birds another chance to fly free and brighten our world! We are singing from the trees!
Due to an overwhelming amount of highly qualified intern candidates for our 2021 season, we will be closing the deadline for resume and application submission five days early.
If you still have an interest in being involved with the Bird Center, please keep an eye on our website or Facebook page for upcoming volunteer opportunities, fall opportunities, or please consider us for the 2022 season. Thank you to all that applied, and good luck!
We are currently accepting intern applications for the 2021 season. Deadline to apply is February 20, 2021, with Zoom interviews to be scheduled shortly after. Training will begin mid-April and our “main” season begins on May 1, 2021.
If you are interested in applying, please visit our internship page for more information!
This year has been like no other and for more reasons than you might think. In 2020, our small clinic has received more injured and orphaned birds than any single year since we began our work in 2004. To date we have given care and compassion to over 1400 wild birds and this year is not over. Window collisions, cat attacks and habitat destruction have been the overwhelming reasons for this record-setting year.
The staff and volunteers at the Bird Center have worked tirelessly to rehabilitate and release those in need. Ultimately this increase in patient numbers, along with fundraising and staff shortages due to the pandemic, have stretched both our facility and our resources to their limits. Our tiny building can no longer sustain the growing number of birds in need of medical care. These record-breaking numbers forced us to close our doors to new intakes several times throughout this year. Now the Bird Center is asking for your support…
Your tax-deductible donation can keep the Bird Center open and ready to give professional and compassionate care to wild birds from all over SE Michigan. In this season of giving, we ask that you help us to give them a second chance at a free and healthy life in the wild.
On behalf of all wildlife and the Bird Center team, thank you! Warm regards,Andrea Aiuto, Clinic Director, and the Bird Center Board of Directors
PS – Did you know? Almost 90% of your donation goes directly to the care of wild songbirds!