Native Bird Care's mission is to preserve wild birds through rehabilitative care, promote awareness of their importance, welfare and ethical treatment, and educate the public on their conservation and protection.
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A Black-Backed Woodpecker fledgling interacting with a freshly released young Northern Flicker.
Native Bird Care offers species-specific rehabilitation for wild birds and are specialists in songbirds, water-associated birds, shorebirds, and a diversity of other types of birds that need particular facilities and care. We use gold standard care protocols at every step of the rescue, from initial call advice to the birds' final release back to a healthy, thriviing life.
Unlike larger, multi-animal centers, Native Bird Care is a small, specialty center that was built specifically to ensure quiet, low-stress, and ultimate enrichment to ensure our birds not only survive, but live long, successful lives. We do not care for predator species at this time (corvids, raptors, large owls). In 2024, we plan to expand our services to small owls.
Native Bird Care is also a bird sanctuary, housed on a 40-acre conservation property with substantial old-growth trees and healthy, high-desert native plants. It also abuts a wild, free-flowing creek and is backed by miles of BLM property. Our facilities are designed to offer our fragile patients ultimate privacy and natural habitat-like aviaries, and, for waterbirds, large, filtered, recirculating pools. Native Bird Care is the only avian-only wildlife rehabiltiation center in Oregon.
Native Bird Care is an entirely volunter 501c3, and depends mainly on individual donations and a small grant occasionally.
About Elise Wolf
Gunshot Trumpeter Swan
Elise Wolf has been a wildlife and habitat advocate for 30 years. In 2009, she expanded into also caring for individual birds in need. After training with another rehabilitator for two years, she founded Native Bird Care and started on an educational path to work with birds that were in decline and help fill a critical gap in wildlife rehabilitation. Her training includes hands-on training with some of the top rehabilitators in the country, along with multiple conferences and specialized research and study.
Elise is fascinated with the science behind every species of birds she cares for. To date, she has treated 127 individual species (types) of birds, from hummingbirds up to Trumpeter Swans. She personally writes the Native Bird Care blog and posts on Facebook, applying her extensive knowledge about birds and other important issues. The Source and Nugget Newspapers in Central Oregon publish her writings as well. Community presentations are offered a couple of times a year. Elise will also present an occasional training class on avian rehabilitation.