Have you ever had a bird crash into your window, notice that it is still alive, and wonder what you could do? Or maybe you discovered a small injured animal and wanted to help. If you are an animal lover, you will undoubtedly be delighted to learn about the Wild Bird Fund Center, located at 565 Columbus Avenue on the Upper West Side.
About The Wild Bird Fund Center
This establishment, open only since June 2012, is dedicated to rehabilitating wildlife and providing emergency care for these wounded animals. Surprisingly, it is the first center of its kind in New York City.
The rehabilitators at the Wild Bird Fund Center work in conjunction with the two veterinary hospitals located across the street. They can provide a full exam, diagnostic tests, and surgery, if necessary. The fine folks at the center can see distressed wild birds and small wild mammals Monday through Sunday, from 1:00pm to 6:00pm. They recommend that you call first for an appointment.
Wild Bird Fund Center Events
The Wild Bird Fund Center periodically offers events as well. Some events focus on training and rehabilitation, such as Injured Bird Transporter Training Session and the two-part series, Raising Infant Grey Squirrels. Some activities are more family-oriented, such as the Wildlife Treasure Hunt in Central Park, which provides children with binoculars and a colorful bird guide. The center also hosts a variety of bird walks, led by experienced birders who are artist illustrators and nature photographers.
The Wild Bird Fund is supported completely by donations, with no public agency assistance, so it is important to get the word out.
Please visit their website to purchase tickets to the gala, to become a member, to learn how to become a volunteer, or to make a tax-deductible donation to this worthy cause.