We are deeply saddened to announce the passing of our Founder, Carol Akerlof. Carol’s kindness, calmness, compassion for people and animals, and undying determination have left a legacy of education and countless wild lives saved.
Around 1980, Carol was living in Palo Alto, CA, with her family, while her husband was working on a project for U of M. She and the children found an injured bird and took it to a wildlife rescue. That was the beginning of Carol’s serious involvement with wild bird rehabilitation. She was able to take a rehabilitation class and spent many days volunteering.
When Carol returned to Ann Arbor, she joined the wildlife rehab team at the Humane Society of Huron Valley. In 1984, she attended the National Wildlife Rehabilitation Association Conference, and quickly applied and was granted a permit. She also applied to become a 501C3 non-profit organization.
It was official! The Bird Center then became a licensed Songbird Rehabilitation Center. Carol held a training session at Washtenaw Community College and began acquiring a group of passionate volunteers.
For many years birds were cared for in volunteers’ homes, with Carol’s careful guidance and support always available. Her phone rang well into the night, her refrigerator was filled with mealworms, and people constantly arrived at her door, often in tears, while lovingly carrying injured or baby birds.
In 2004, the Bird Center received a grant that allowed the center to move into the tiny building on Mary Street in Ann Arbor, Michigan. In 2021, the Bird Center of Washtenaw County became the Bird Center of Michigan and acquired a new home in Saline, Michigan with 2.5 acres. All due to Carol’s vision and foresight for saving birds.
We will be hosting a Celebration of Life with Carol’s friends and family at the Bird Center of Michigan. Details forthcoming. In the meantime, if you would like to donate to continue the legacy of this most AMAZING woman, please visit our donate page.
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!)
The Bird Center of Michigan would like to wish everyone a safe and happy Fourth of July holiday weekend! We’d like to remind you to be aware of the life-threatening injuries fireworks can cause many types of wildlife species.
The Bird Center of Washtenaw County is excited to announce we have a new name and a new home!
Our new name is…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!