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Wild Nest Bird Rehab

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Causes: Animals, Wildlife Preservation & Protection

Mission: Found on every continent, across every ocean, and in every imaginable ecosystem, birds are vital to the health of our planet. The environmental services they provide, including pest control, pollination, seed dispersal, clean-up services, and more, balance our ecosystems and save us billions of dollars each year. Accessible to everyone, songbirds offer a ready way to enjoy wildlife and connect with nature. We need only to look out a window or step outside to enjoy their beautiful songs, vibrant colors, and fascinating behaviors. Tragically, according to the world’s leading scientific journals, North America has lost nearly three billion birds in the past fifty years. In one short generation, bird populations have declined nearly 30% (more than 1 in 4 birds), primarily as a result of human-caused habitat loss, climate change, window strikes, pesticides, free-roaming cats, fireworks and other threats. These losses include all birds, not just threatened species, including some of our most beloved backyard songbirds, including Georgia’s state bird, the Brown Thrasher, whose populations have declined by more than 40%. These losses are a harbinger of environmental challenges that will impact us as well. Wild Nest Bird Rehabilitation strives to mitigate these losses by helping every bird we can, primarily rehabilitating and releasing sick and injured songbirds, as well as orphaned baby birds. In addition, we educate the public about bird conservation and simple actions that can help preserve and protect all birds.

Direct beneficiaries per year: 0ver 500 injured or orphaned baby birds

Geographic areas served: Decatur, GA

Programs: Wild Nest Bird Rehabilitation was created out of passion and necessity. Currently, no other rehabilitation facility dedicated to songbirds exists in Georgia, and fewer than a dozen state- and federally-permitted private bird rehabilitators practice in the state, usually working in their homes and paying expenses out of pocket. Wild Nest’s beginnings were much the same. For several years, Wild Nest founder and executive director Nancy Eilen cared for hundreds of wild birds in her home. In early 2021, Nancy founded Wild Nest, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization helping birds in metro Atlanta and beyond. With a flock of committed volunteers, Wild Nest endeavors to rehabilitate and release songbirds in need and to preserve and protect all birds through educating the public about what we can all do to reduce threats to birds and create a safer, healthier world for all living beings.

Community Stories

12 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I’m a volunteer with Wild Nest and really love it! Unlike many of my fellow volunteers, I have very little knowledge of birds and bird rescue. Despite my complete lack of knowledge going in, everyone at wild nest has been such a pleasure to work with- always happy, patient, and excited to explain things to me. Day 1, I was working directly with the birds and doing 1 on 1 training on how to feed them. I’m learning so much and just loving being able to work hands-on, saving wild song birds in Atlanta. They really do great work and care so much about the birds, the community, making their volunteers feel heard and valued, and are always looking at how they can improve the experience for everyone (and every bird) involved.

Board Member

Rating: 5

When I was a kid people would call you a bird brain if they thought you were dumb.... now I am proud to be a BIRD BRAIN and help this amazing group of dedicated BIRD BRAINs provide a much needed place to help our feathered friends survive in these much challenging environmental times. The volunteers are amazing, kind, loving and talented.
The survival of birds is directly linked to the survival of our earth.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am impressed by the compassion and care of the workers here. I really do feel that every little life matters to them.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Wild Nest is a welcoming place to volunteer to learn about and gain hands-on experience with bird care and meet fellow nature lovers who want to make a difference for wildlife.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I found Wild Nest through a friend who knows I'm passionate about the birds in my yard and neighborhood. As a volunteer for Wild Nest, I have learned all the ways we can help save bird species so that everyone can continue to enjoy them in their yards. I got to see birds being nursed back to health and am happy to participate in keeping this organization functioning! It is such a worthy cause.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Wild Nest is an enchanted place. The volunteers are so dedicated - and will do all they can to give injured birds a chance to live. Volunteering here feels like you are actually making a difference towards making the world a better place.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I always enjoy my time at Wild Nest. There is so much to do and so much to learn. Everyone is so passionate about the work and it shows. Caring for wild animals is incredibly gratifying and rewarding.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Last May I heard through GA Audubon that a bird rehab in Atlanta was looking for volunteers ,I love birding so I thought this sounds interesting.
I knew nothing about baby birds but with hands on training from Nancy and encouragement from Joy I leant fast. The whole rehab team was so kind and encouraging, so eager to share their knowledge and their experiences, I was hooked. Couldn’t wait for my shift .
What I love most is that even now after 6 months and all the babies and fledgling are gone and it’s just injured adults , I learn something new every time I work there.
Nancy and her team are always trying to improve the birds physical care and quality of life . Every case is different , each birds individual needs are considered , food , habitat, stimulation from Hummingbirds to Crows and every size bird in between. The joy when a bird is released or collected to go back to his home turf is palpable and makes every minute worth while.
It’s a huge undertaking, being the only songbird rehabilitation center in Ga , they are a dedicated brave bunch of people and I highly recommend volunteering there

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been volunteering at Wild Nest almost weekly for the past 3 and a half months and really love it. The people are all so kind and I've learned so much about birds since I started. It's also great to be able to feel like you're making a difference with some of these birds and watching them grow and prosper is a very rewarding experience. If you find a sick or injured bird you can feel confident bringing them to Wild Nest.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is a grassroots passion project that found itself filling the void of more overwhelmed but established groups of similar goals, and throwing it’s shoulder into the pandemic reality of many more people at home/around their neighborhoods finding many more critically injured or strained fowl needing some form of crisis intervention than the year before, and performing admirably.
They need like-minded people willing to fill any gaps of care who also want to find themselves enriched by interacting with alarmingly intelligent creatures that just might give you a humbling run for your money.

1 Carolyn Auger J.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I met the folks at Wild Nest through Georgia Audubon. I have always loved animals and didn't realize that I could make such a difference by helping out at Wild Nest. The 'patients' never complain and really seem to appreciate that we are all trying to help them recover and get back outside! With wild bird populations dwindling, I really feel like I am making a positive difference.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteer with Wild Nest caring for the birds. I am pursuing my permit to become a songbird rehabilitator and Nancy was kind to allow me to train and expand my knowledge through a volunteer opportunity. The compassion and caring of all the volunteers and organizers is amazing! We take in and care for hundreds of injured or orphaned birds and each one is assessed, receives appropriate medical care and nutrition, and if possible, is rehabilitated with the goal of releasing them to the wild so they can live normal lives.
It's an amazing experience to volunteer, knowing you're helping these beautiful creatures. We have cared for everything from nests of baby Finches to a Crow with a broken leg to orphaned Herons, Robins and Cardinals. We have cared for injured birds from cat-caught incidents to window strike traumas, broken wings or legs, to birds caught in glue traps.
When I leave for home at the end of my shift, my heart is always full! Wild Nest does an amazing job with wild bird rehabilitation!