Native Bird Care was founded by Elise Wolf in 2010, and is a 501c3 nonprofit organization. Our staff is 100% volunteer and we rely entirely on donations from the public to operate. We also receive no government funding. Please help us save birds by making a donation today!
Our Mission: Native Bird Care offers specialized rescue, care, and rehabilitation for shore, water, and songbirds. We use the highest quality protocols and standards with the intent to release healthy, robust individuals back to play their profound role in the Earth's ecology. Because harm to wild birds is most often caused by humans and their behaviors, Native Bird Care believes society has an moral obligation to rescue and care for all who suffer from our impacts. Conservation of species as a whole is inherent in what we do as we provide educational materials and information to help save avian lives and protect future generations.
Helping People: A Big Part of What We Do Rescuing birds also means helping people, and Native Bird Care considers that part of our mission. Most people care deeply about animals, so when they land upon one in distress they usually try to help. Native Bird Care offers Central Oregonians not only a place to bring their rescued friend, but also solutions for issues that arise when we live in close proximity to nature. Whether its swallows making nest on a house, sickly birds at the feeder, woodpeckers drilling on the siding, or an ill-placed nest, we try to provide solutions that 'everyone can live with' - birds and people.
Our Patients As part of the Pacific Flyway, Central Oregon has 320 species of birds either flying through or residing part of the year here. Native Bird Care specializes in song, shore, and waterbirds so that we can provide these particularly sensitive species the highly specific and dedicated care that they need. Sadly, for much of the United States, including a lot of Oregon, highly trained and species-specific care and housing for these types of birds is simply not available.
The highest intake in wildlife rehabilitation in Central Oregon is songbirds. Most of these species are smaller, highly stressed, on a mission (either breeding or migrating), and challenging to work with. We also take in shorebirds that have been lost by their parents or injured. These birds tend to be extremely stressed, and have difficulty simply being around humans at all. Their housing needs are very particular, as are their food needs.
Waterbirds are those types of birds that predominantly live on or around water full time. These include the loon, grebes, various specialty ducks, mergansers, and cormorants. These birds are used to floating and some have little ability to run or stand. Care of these birds requires filtered, recirculating pools that they can float on to prevent captivity injuries and keep their waterproofing.
In addition to these main species types, Native Bird Care also gets several miscellany birds like nighthawks, poorwill, great blue herons, egrets, and other beautiful species.
Regardless of species, Native Bird Care's primary goal is rescue and care of our wonderful flighted neighbors on this big planetary sphere we call "Earth."