Birds of New York City Get New Rehab Center

June 19, 2012 by  
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New York City has opened its first wildlife rehabilitation and education center, a much-needed facility in a city that hosts more than 355 bird species on their annual migration along the East Coast flyway, in addition to the multitude of birds that are permanent city residents. The non-profit Wild Bird Fund and its team of dedicated volunteers has been providing emergency care for more than a thousand birds and animals each year in New York City. Working along with Animal General and the Center for Avian and Exotic Medicine, licensed rehabilitation volunteers take the injured birds, squirrels, and other small creatures into their own homes to care for them. The new 1300-square-foot rehabilitation center on Columbus Avenue between 87th and 88th street will provide a temporary sanctuary, with the emphasis on rehabilitation for reintroduction into the wild wherever possible.

Rita McMahon and Karen Heidgerd started the non-profit Wild Bird Fund more than a decade ago, and the need continues to grow. Birds crash into windows, become disoriented, dehydrated or fall out of their nests. Others are victims of humans who simply don’t want the birds around. Some people coat their windowsills with sticky glue to discourage the birds, but the glue coats the birds’ feathers and causes them injury.

With the new facilities, the Wild Bird Fund hopes to expand its capacity for assisting injured birds by up to fifty percent. To meet this goal the organization is looking for additional volunteers to feed baby birds and carry out the many duties required to rehabilitate rescued birds. They also need donations to help toward obtaining the equipment and consumable supplies necessary to provide adequate care.

The center already has more than 60 birds and other animals to care for, and now that the first rehabilitation center has been established, McMahon hopes to fulfill her five-year plan of having intake centers in all five boroughs of the city. At the recent Wild Bird Fund gala, author Jonathan Franzen noted that “There are roughly 100 billion birds in the world, but the 7 billion strong human population is making it harder and harder for those birds to survive. Like it or not, we are the stewards of the birds now. We claimed the planet.” Food for thought indeed!

Guided Beginner Bird Walks in Sapsucker Woods

June 1, 2012 by  
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Starting at 7:30 AM and lasting around 1-1.5 hours, Guided Beginner Bird Walks In Sapsucker Woods take place each Saturday from April through to September (weather permitting). Walks are led by Cornell Lab of Ornithology volunteer guides and leave from the Visitor Center at 159 Sapsucker Woods Road, Ithaca, NY

Date: 17 June 2012
Time: 07:30 AM
Venue: Visitor Center Sapsucker Woods
City: Ithaca
State: New York
Country: USA

Introduction to Birdwatching 2009

September 22, 2009 by  
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For bird lover who have never been brave enough to take on the challenge of bird watching, the Introduction to Birdwatching 2009 is the perfect opportunity to start this hobby. This magnificent informative event will not only explore the natural wonders of the park, but teach those participating, how to look for birds, and share tips and educational information.

The Introduction to Birdwatching 2009 will start at 12:00 pm in the afternoon and take an hour and a half to complete. For more information in regard to the park and future events, kindly visit the website at http://www.prospectpark.org/.

Date: 24 October 2009
Venue: Prospect Park
City: New York
Country: United States of America

The Long Island Parrot Society’s Parrot Expo 2009

July 15, 2009 by  
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Parrot lovers will enjoy The Long Island Parrot Society’s Parrot Expo 2009, as colorful birds such as macaws, lovebirds and budgies will be stealing the show. The expo will be focusing on the care of birds with many avian and veterinarian experts hosting workshops and talks. The Vendor Room will again be filled with stalls featuring the latest products in nutrition, cages, toys and much more. Bird lovers should not miss out on this paradise for parrots.

The Long Island Parrot Society website offers comprehensive information on the society, the expo and future events at www.liparrots.org.

Date: 3 October 2009
Venue: Freeport Recreation Centre
City: Freeport, New York
Country: United States of America

Seaway Trail Has Reputation for Excellence

July 4, 2008 by  
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Situated along the shores of Lake Erie, Lake Ontario and the St Lawrence River in New York State, the Seaway Trail is a bird watcher’s haven. This is a place where you will find a massive variety of songbirds, raptors, waterfowl and shorebirds in one relatively small area. Most people are not even aware it exists and are surprised to learn that this bountiful bird refuge is located right on their doorstep.

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