Missed our Fly Away Benefit and Auction?
No problem! We've got some great auction items still available for sale.
Check out our auction page and submit your bids by Saturday, May 25.
Thanks for your continued support!
Sandhill Crane Nestling Rescued
This adorable little sandhill crane arrived at the Bird Center on May 5 from Grass Lake in Jackson County. We cared for it until May 8 when the Howell Nature Centerís Wildlife Infirmary picked it up. It will be cared for at Howell along with another young crane that they have. It spent much time trying to communicate with the mirror we had in its playpen, so we know a real live companion will be very welcome! We fed it every thirty minutes from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. After a couple of days it started pecking at seed and by May 8 it had discovered the joys of drinking and walking in a low dish of water.
Fly Away Benefit and Auction
Our 3rd annual buffet dinner and silent auction, Fly Away, was held on Saturday, April 27, 2013 at Weber's Restaurant on Jackson Road in Ann Arbor.
The evening was dedicated to supporting the Bird Center of Washtenaw County and helping us prepare for our upcoming 10th season.
Thank you to all who attended!
If you were unable to attend the event,
you can still help to save wild birds and support our summer interns with your tax deductible donation. Click the bird icon below.
The Bird Center of Washtenaw County is a 501(c)(3) organization and donations are fully tax deductible.
If you would prefer to mail your donation, please make your check payable to Bird Center of Washtenaw County and sent it to:
Bird Center of Washtenaw County
2229 Needham Rd.
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
Please do not drop off injured or sick birds at this address.
To help a bird, call (734) 761-9640 or visit our help page.
More Ways to Support the Bird Center
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Your grocery shopping can also help the Bird Center!
The Bird Center of Washtenaw County is excited to be participating in
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.
Click here for detailed instructions (PDF).
Bird Center adopts New Educational Bird
After our beloved educational white pigeon died on September 20, 2012, the Bird Center began searching for a new recruit to serve as our
model while Carol Akerlof, Director of the Bird Center, speaks to various groups about the information she has gleaned over the years rescuing
wild birds. The vacancy has been fulfilled by a blue jay we're calling "Blue". Blue could not be released back into the wild because it
insists on landing on people. We've received the necessary state permit for educational programs, and we expect to receive a federal permit soon.
"Blue" is being trained with the help of a falconer so he/she will be safe to use during our programs.
Strong winds on Friday, January 18th removed the fake peak and the forest of vines that covered it from the front of the City of Ann Arbor
polling station at 926 Mary street that we use between elections as our summer location. The debris was removed recently. We are hoping that
the roof of the 108 year old building, constructed in 1905, has not been damaged.
We are long overdue for a larger space. We envision a Center with a building large enough to meet our needs, surrounded by trees,
plants and flowers that aid birds. We would like it to be a walk by educational area so that the public could look at the plantings and
decide how they could use them on their property. We would have one or two flight cages on site so that we could care for flying insectivores
and hummingbirds more efficiently. Last summer we were forced to rent a 20' x 20' tent and place it next to Mary Street. It was staffed from
7 am to 9 pm by interns who fed flying insectivores every time they landed on the perches constructed by a volunteer. If land and/or buildings
were donated to us we would protect the land and wildlife. Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
or 734-223-0636 if you have any suggestions.
Ann Arbor News Article
Carol Akerlof and the Bird Center were featured in a recent Ann Arbor News Article -
Hot, dry summer takes toll on bird populations in Ann Arbor area.
Lifetime Achievement Award
Congratulations to Carol Akerlof for receiving the 2012 National Wildlife Rehabilitators Association Lifetime Achievement Award!
Carol received the award for her more than 20 years dedicated to songbird rehabilitation and sharing her knowledge and experience
to teach and mentor others. She demonstrates a desire and passion to continue learning as much as possible to be an excellent
rehabilitator and a resource for colleagues in our field, especially pertaining to songbirds.
Visit the NWRA Awards page for more information.
If you find an injured or sick bird, please visit our help a wild bird page for additional tips on what to do.
If outside the Ann Arbor area, please contact a local rehabilitator.
Keep any birds you have found warm and dry. Do not give them food or water except under the advice of a rehabilitator or veterinarian. For a list of wildlife rehabilitators in the state of Michigan, please go to http://www.michigan.gov/dnr.