As you might imagine, during Spring and Summer we get an influx of calls about injured birds, especially orphaned baby birds like song birds. While I’m on my way to pick one up, I get three more phone calls about other injured or orphaned birds accross town. I am in great need of help transporting the birds. This simply means that if I get too many calls about reported injured birds, I have volunteers I can call to go and pick up the injured bird in your area, and bring them to me, (or transport to other rehab facilities that I work with).
Even if you can just do this once a week, it’s a huge help and it gets the injured birds the help they need much faster! You can choose which areas of town you wish to cover, and how often you are available. It’s simple and easy. Training will be provided to you. If you are interested in working more hands on with the birds or learning how to catch them, this is a great way of learning! Please fill out the Volunteer Form below to be considered, or contact us for more information.
Working on site means you work weekly shift/s at the rescue feeding the birds, cleaning cages and helping with general avian husbandry of resident birds that live here. You can work as little as one 4 hour shift a week, or commit to more shifts if you want to learn how to care for clinic/rehab patients as well. The minimum shift required is once a week, but there is no limit on how many shifts you can work and no glass ceiling as to the knowledge available, the more you come, the more you learn.
Transports are one of the most critical parts of rescuing birds. If you choose to be on the transport list, you will be contacted when there is a bird in your area that needs to be picked up and brought to the Skywatch Clinic. No special training or skills are required, most of the time we just need the bird kept in a box or a safe place off the streets so it can be confined until you bring it in.
If you would like to help from home or perhaps with tasks not directly dealing with our feathered patients, we also have administrative opportunities and marketing opportunities. This might include helping with fundraising efforts, promoting and helping with events, distributing flyers, and more.
Much like an ambulance dispatcher, you will be on a hotline that handles calls about injured birds. You would have a set shift time where you would need to be available to take phone calls and then arrange for a transporter to pick up a bird and deliver it to the rescue. You would perform this task from your home.
An on-site helper who can commit to one 3hr shift per week. This position will not work directly with rescue patients but more house-keeping type tasks. (These tasks might include: Rescue laundry, mulching, planting etc.
We need volunteers of all shapes and sizes! There are many different ways you can volunteer. Whether you want to work hands on or help run the rescue effort, there is something for everyone.
For more details on volunteer requirements, please contact our Volunteer Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Feeding these cuties does not feel like work at all, the time passes by so quickly. Your shift will be over before you know it! Volunteering during baby bird season is very rewarding. You get to watch these babies develop into fledglings and ultimately adults who are ready to be released. It is well worth your time and effort.