It’s a quiet, lazy, hot day… Suddenly there’s a loud bang and something hits your window. Looking outside, there’s a bird, stunned, laying on the ground. What do you do?! Who do you call? What can you do?
Well, if you walk up Columbus Avenue to 88th street, you will come upon a curious looking store front… There are many pigeons, white and gray, flying around a pretty enclosure in the window. There are chickens running around the store front. There’s a turtle drifting around in the other window.
This is the Wild Bird Fund (https://www.wildbirdfund.org)!
The Wild Bird Fund is a non-for-profit, completely volunteer and donation run, rehabilitation center for injured birds. The Wild Bird Fund is the only wildlife rehabilitation center in New York City. WBF aims to provide medical care to wildlife, and try to release the animals back into the wild. WBF also runs programs to educate New Yorkers about the wildlife living in our “cement” backyard.
I help out at the front desk, taking in patients, accepting donations, and encouraging New Yorkers to talk about WBF to their friends. The WBF staff and volunteers are a really important part of the community, and demonstrates how New York City’s humans can take responsibility for the non-human community we share our city with. It’s a really great group of people!
This year, especially now in September, the Wild Bird Fund is busier than ever. Many different species are passing through New York on their journeys elsewhere, and many native birds still need help. If you can, please consider making a donation! Anything and everything helps. Thank you so much!! This is the link to donate to WBF: https://wbf.z2systems.com/np/clients/wbf/donation.jsp.