Memorial for our Founder, Carol Akerlof

Please join us in celebrating the life of our Founder, Carol Akerlof, with food and drinks under a tent in front of the organization that she founded in 2004.

Saturday, October 2, 2021
2:00PM – 5:00PM EDT
Toasts to Carol start at 4 pm.

Bird Center of Michigan
7800 Platt Rd.
Saline, MI 48176

Please RSVP by visiting

In lieu of flowers, Carol’s family has requested that memorial contributions be made to the Bird Center of Michigan. To contribute, please visit

Carol’s legacy will soar for generations to come!

Rescheduled: U of M Master’s Practicum Project for Landscape Architecture, Hosted by Audi & Ashley – Sunday, 7/25/2021

Unfortunately, our Gardening Event has been rescheduled to Sunday, July 25th, from 8 am – 4:30 pm due to inclement weather expected on Saturday. We hope you are still able to attend! Sunday’s weather is going to be perfect! Thank you for understanding.

Join Audeline and Ashley, graduate students from the University of Michigan, in transforming the Bird Center of Michigan’s landscape into a beautiful, naturalized, bird-friendly garden!

As one of the main features of their Master’s Practicum Project for Landscape Architecture, more than 500 plants (mostly perennials) will be going into the ground beginning Sunday, July 25th, and they need all the help they can get to make this happen!

If you are interested in helping this vision come to life, please join us whenever you can! Event runs from 8 am – 4:30 pm. (You do not need to volunteer for the entire day. Even a few hours will help!)

Cold beverages and snacks will be provided! Check out our Facebook event page to RSVP.

Art Show to Benefit the Bird Center

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!

Online Volunteer Orientation

We have great news on a way to virtually connect with you! We will be training volunteers in May in small amounts, so we need to discuss our protocols and policies for COVID 19 with you. However, under the ordinance, we can’t meet up yet for an in-person orientation, so we would like to help train you… online!

Join us this Saturday, April 18th at 10:00am on Zoom. We’ll be chatting for about a hour to hour and a half about all the things for whenever we may be able to be together again this season!

Birds still need help during the spring and summer, and they don’t stop needing help in our time of crisis, so we must continue our work in the safest ways possible. The help from our volunteers is essential and beneficial for us to run and operate effectively.

If you would like to be part of our online orientation, or for more information, please email our Volunteer Coordinator at: to RSVP with your name.  You can also fill out our official form and application right here on the website.

Bird Center Events Canceled

We don’t like being the bearer of disappointing news, but sadly we have some:

We have made the decision to cancel our Volunteer Orientation AND our Annual Flyaway Fundraiser.

At this time, it is in everyone’s best interest for safety and health reasons to not have our two upcoming in-person events. We don’t know if the stay at home regulation will be extended or not, but regardless, we will be canceling. Thank you for understanding, and please stay safe!


For now, this event will be postponed. We hope to have it later this summer or early fall when times will hopefully be better.

If you are able, we are still needing donations from our Amazon Wishlist or donations via Paypal so we can operate throughout the summer. Without having the fundraiser, we will be losing out on a lot of our season start-up fund.

Volunteer Orientation:

If you are interested in helping us this season, you can download the application from our website and submit it via email. We will have volunteers on a limited schedule starting in May, and allowing only one volunteer to help at a time. We will have other guidelines and check points to follow during this time. We will have gloves and masks for anyone inside the building.

Once you send in an application, you will receive via email everything you would at the in-person orientation. We are going to try to host a Zoom chat on 4/18, and we will keep you posted about it!