Native Bird Care was founded by Elise Wolf in 2010, and is a 501c3 nonprofit organization. We have a network of 3 non-raptor rehabilitators that work closely together under the banner of Native Bird Care, including Kim Farasyn near Redmond, and Amy Vukovic in Bend, Oregon. We are all licensed under the USFWS and ODFW. Kim also helps mammals.
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.
Who We Are Stripe the snipe (above) came into Elise's heart and life in 2009. Although she had never raised a baby bird, the wildlife rescuer she was training with thought she could handle this challenging bird. Through grueling research and calls to other rehabbers around the nation, she 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 her house again. Stripe thrust Elise headlong into shorebird and water bird rehabilitation, a challenging form of avian rehab and care. Since Stripe, she has received the specialized training that comes with caring for shorebirds, waterbirds, and songbirds. These birds often do not get the attention they need due to space, volunteer time, and money. Yet, they are some of the most rewarding to rescue.
*Elise has a 40 acre wildlife conservation property near Sisters in which she does her care. Like the other rehabbers under the Native Bird Care banner, it is a 'home-care' facility, which is the most ideal for the kinds of birds we work with as someone is always around. There are filtered water pools for waterbirds, multiple large aviaries for flight training, several outbuildings, and a large intake and care center area.
*Kim has been doing wildlife rehabilitation since she was in diapers, as she likes to say. Her mother was a wildlife rescuer and Kim grew up caring for all sorts of animals. Today, her, her husband Steve, and her 3 daughters (when back at the ranch) run a facility near Redmond. Kim's facility is also a large property, a historic ranch, and has ponds and many years of development as a rehabilitation facility, including large aviaries, and specialized set ups. Kim's many decades of experience and know-how come in quite handy, she is a magician on some of the harder birds and mammals.
*Amy has been doing rescue for about 10 years under other rehabilitators. She worked for 9 years with a seabird specialist, and knows a lot about waterbirds. However, her favorite bird is the robin, whose song she cannot get enough of. Amy also works from her home, which allows her to provide the dedicated care that baby songbirds require.
Our Practices Elise, Kim, and Amy all believe strongly that each type of bird needs unique care. For example, 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, ruining their waterproofing. 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, especially for keeping their feathers in the excellent condition they must be in for migration. Each kind of songbird has a flight plan for the fall usually as well.
We also all believe strongly that it is our ethical obligation to provide the best possible care, housing, and nutrition to the animals whose lives depend entirely on us. We are always looking for people who might like to help, if you think you would like to get involved, send us an email. We'd love to hear from you.