Rescuers: Make Wild Bird Fund BETTER.
The first serious problem at WBF is the environment. The #1 need of your bird is stress reduction. Darkness, quiet, and containment are vital. This is basic rehab protocol. Look at sites including National Wildlife Rehabilitation Association.
Is this a peaceful environment for a very stressed bird likely in a lot of pain?
If enough of you ask for a peaceful environment, they will do it! They are a good group of people under a lot of stress themselves. Quiet and, when possible, low light, would help everyone.
Rescuing is the critical first step. Rehab of that bird can go on for months. WBF is a good option but not the ONLY option for a bird in trouble. Do some searches, talk to other rehabbers who can help guide you.
Rescuers are the collaborators or rehabbers. You have the right to express your opinion in a courteous concerned way to a group of people doing the very best they can,
I wouldn't have dreamed of becoming a wildlife rehabilitator if it weren't for the WBF. It all started when I found a sick and injured pigeon hiding under a shish-kebab vendor. His feet were tangled in string and terribly deformed. I took the bird to the WBF and was deeply impressed by the care they gave him. They spent almost an hour to remove the string from his feet, took an X-ray, took his poop sample to check if there were any harmful bacteria, and then provided me with medicines to give him. All this for a bird some might call a “pest”! I became an instant fan of the WBF. Since then, I’ve taken many birds there and learned so much about rehabilitating wild animals from the wonderful staffs. Rita McMahon, who is the president of the WBF, especially has taught me a great deal and inspired me to become a wildlife rehabilitator. I’m sure there are many others who share my experience and my view of this extraordinary organization.
Review from Guidestar
The Wild Bird Fund has been the go-to place in NYC for years. It is where my own interest in wildlife rehabilitation was engendered and I learned a great deal from the women who are lead rehabilitators there. One is still my prime mentor. That said, I am concerned that the organization has lost its focus as it has gotten bigger and most recently, moved to its own shop across from the vet-shop where it shared space. This is especially a problem in the case of Ernest the pheasant. Ernest has been living in the basement "hospital" area for six months, never seeing sunlight or other pheasants or anything normal. There is no reason for this except that no one has gotten around to taking Ernest off to his forever home upstate. In the meantime, he has had to share space with other birds, including predators that eat pheasants. He has suffered injuries at the hands of new, ill-trained, inadequately supervised staff. People engaged at WBF know I go regularly upstate and could have taken Ernest with me; I have specifically offered to take him on the next trip; this offer has been rejected. Add to this the excessive claim to be >the< wildlife rehabilitation center for NYC, but generally not equipped to handle even the birds current brought in, and I think this place needs new, competent management badly and now.