My name is Elise Wolf, I founded and direct the Native Bird Care of Sisters, OR. I hold both Federal and State licenses for avian rehabilitation.
Stripe the snipe (to the right and above) came into my heart and life in 2009. I had never raised any kind of baby bird, and was I to get a steep learning curve. Through grueling research and calls to other rehabbers around the nation, I successfully raised this charming little bird and got her off on her thousands of miles migration in the fall. The following spring, she showed up at my house again.
Stripe thrust me headlong into shorebird and water bird rehabilitation, a challenging form of avian rehab and care. Since Stripe, I have received the specialized training that comes with caring for shorebirds, waterbirds, and songbirds.
Often in rehab, these harder to care for birds do not get the attention they need due to space, volunteer time, and money. Yet, they are some of the most rewarding to rescue. Each type of bird needs unique set-ups and care. Waterbirds need water. Seems simple enough, except that the water has to be clean, which means that they need recirculating pools with filters so they are not swimming in dirty water. Shorebirds also need something other than the average aviary. Their feet and legs need to move! So as tiny as they are, they need space to run and exercise and just the right substrate so their long toes are not injured. Songbirds are cared for in most centers, but they too have specialized requirements. Some need bugs, some seeds, others vegetation. Each kind of songbird has a flight plan for the fall usually as well. All of these different things add up to birds that keep me and my volunteers working long days, and expending a lot of money.
Our Mission: Native Bird Care honors and celebrates the extraordinary beauty, ecological roles, and unique individuality of our avian neighbors. We offer specialized care and rehabilitation for shore, water, and songbirds, with the goal of releasing healthy, hearty, and sound individuals back to play their profound role in the Earth's ecology. Education, science, culture, and enjoyment grounds the human experience with birds and thus Native Bird Care emphasizes these functions in its capacity as advocates for our wild, flighted friends.