The Wild Bird Care Centre is a registered charitable organization. We run completely on public donations and receive no government funding.
The Centre takes in over 2,000 birds annually. All of the birds are brought to us by the caring public who find them.
We’re open 365 days a year. We’re able to achieve this feat thanks to our wonderful volunteers, our tremendous supporters and our hardworking staff. We offer tours and off-site presentations from September through April.
To assess, treat, and rehabilitate injured, ill, or orphaned wild birds for the purpose of releasing them back into their natural habitat.
To provide the public with information on bird intervention, safe handling techniques and avian injury prevention.
To educate people of all ages about the natural history, conservation and rehabilitation of wild birds, through guided tours and off-site presentations.
How We Started
The late Kathy Nihei founded The Wild Bird Care Centre in 1981, when she successfully rehabilitated, over-wintered and released an injured Ruby-throated Hummingbird named Pip. A single mother at the time, Kathy saw a need in her community for bird rehabilitation and took it upon herself to fill it, making her one of those rare people who mix an equal amount of compassion with determination and strength of will. She continued to rehabilitate wild birds in her home until a larger location was needed.
The Ottawa Valley Wild Bird Care Centre was incorporated in 1991 and began to operate as the Wild Bird Care Centre at the Stony Swamp Conservation Area location in 1992. Kathy continued to work with birds until she passed away in 2009. She is fondly remembered and missed by all. She was a pillar in the community.
The Wild Bird Care Centre has a volunteer Board of Directors drawn from supporters and members of the community. We operate under permits from both the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources (MNR) and Canadian Wildlife Service (CWS). Our Wildlife Custodian Authorization from the MNR allows us to care for birds and raptors protected under the Fish and Wildlife Conservation Act, 1997. Our permit from the Canadian Wildlife Service authorizes us to care for birds that are protected under federal Migratory Bird Regulations.
The Wild Bird Care Centre was incorporated in 1991 as the Ottawa Valley Wild Bird Care Centre and has operated as the Wild Bird Care Centre at the Stony Swamp Conservation Area location since 1992.