Mission: Our mission is two fold: to provide veterinary care and rehabilitation to native
Target demographics: injured, ill and orphaned wildlife
Direct beneficiaries per year: over 2000 wild animals and educated over 1000 students about New York City's wildlife.
Geographic areas served: New York City
Programs: medical care and rehabilitation to native and passing migrant wildlife so that they can be released back into the wild. We are the only wildlife rehabilitation and education center in New York City.
Each year the Wild Bird Fund rehabilitates over 2,000 sick, injured or orphaned wildlife and releases them back to the wilds of New York City. Rehabilitation includes radiographs, diagnostic testing, surgery, medication, bandaging, splinting, physical therapy, feeding and sheltering. All native and migratory birds are treated, from the house sparrow to rarities such as Virginia rails and great-horned owls
Supporting the Wild Bird Fund not only heals injured birds an animals, but positively affects the people who try to help them, and shows a desire to take responsibility for the impact that we have had on the environment of our precious wildlife.
A couple of months ago, together with a wonderful woman and her wonderful 10 year old daughter, I rescued an injured pigeon on Broadway, in New York City. All of us had seen the bird in distress and wanted to help.
We took the pigeon to the Wild Bird Fund Center here in Manhattan, where she received excellent care. She had been suffering from "tanglefoot," the result of heartless humans putting glue on their window ledges to keep pigeons away. Her llittle feet and wings had gotten tangled up in the glue and could not move, and she had scraped off some of her feathers in trying vainly to free herself.
The Wild Bird Fund Center cleaned her and performed skilled surgery on her, removing the glued areas from her feet. They kept her for several weeks until she was recovered and strong enough to be released. We three rescuers had a lovely little ceremony releasing her back on Broadway where she had been found (this is the preferred release). It was joyous to watch her fly into the treetops and then into the sky.
I have rescued many pigeons, and taken many to the Wild Bird Fund Center. They are the only wildlife rehabilitation center in New York City, and they deserve our support. They receive no funding from government agencies, and rely entirely on donations. Please consider making a tax-deductible donation, and please visit their two wonderful websites.