Building a Dedicated Wild Bird Hospital

Fundraising Campaign for the New Centre

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The Need for a New Centre

Over the past four decades, the Ottawa Valley Wild Bird Care Centre has provided care for at least 175 different species of orphaned, sick or injured wild birds, and an astonishing total of more than 125,000 individual birds!

Many birds admitted for treatment at the Centre are listed as species currently at risk in Ontario, like this Red-headed Woodpecker that was listed as endangered in 2020. “Red” came in with an old sternum fracture and had poor strength in his legs due to a spinal injury. The Centre was his last hope for survival. Red was successfully rehabilitated and released in the area it was first found. Red's story is just one of thousands. Without the Centre's life-saving care, Red's story would have come to a tragic end.

Together, we have an extraordinary once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to build a new wild bird hospital and education centre in the Ottawa and Eastern Ontario Region. Your support of our building campaign will help us construct a much needed permanent facility on 17+ acres of land, located in a tranquil rural setting of Ottawa's West end.

Vision of the New Centre

Featuring an energy-efficient design with 623 square meters of indoor space and inclusion of additional outdoor aviaries to allow free-flight, the new facility will provide quiet isolated spaces for recovering birds. Housing requirements for the different species admitted each year can be complex. Although some birds have longer stays with us than others, providing a suitable enriched environment for all the birds in our care is necessary to help reduce bird stress and risk of disease, and aid their recovery and subsequent release.

The new Centre will:

  • Ensure there is a wild bird emergency care facility in the Ottawa Region.
  • Provide a high standard of care provided to injured, sick, and orphaned wild birds.
  • Include a large, modern treatment suite.
  • Include safe outdoor flight areas, where birds can gain strength and test their wings before release.
  • Continue to provide information and expertise about wild birds to the public.
  • Provide an informal, engaging interactive education centre where people of all ages can learn about birds, their habitats, and environmental stewardship.
  • Serve our needs now and well into the future for many decades to come.

Update: October 2022

Having completed the design phase of the project, the Centre immediately began the site plan approval process with the City of Ottawa. We have gone through multiple cycles now (each taking between 3 - 4 months full circle), and our civil engineer is currently addressing the latest submission requirements. Other projects have experienced similar delays. A well is already situated on the property, and after site plan approval, we'll be in a position to apply for the building permit!

How You Can Help

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Naming Opportunities

We invite you to become an important part of the new Ottawa Valley Wild Bird Care Centre and our continuing mission of saving birds' lives by lending your name, your family's name or your business to a room or aviary for the life of the building.

Naming opportunities are still available from $10,000 and up. For more information, please contact Juliette Marczuk, Chair directly: .

Donor Giving Levels

With permission, all donors giving $500 or more will be recognized on a permanent display in the entrance of the new building. All donors giving $100 or more will be acknowledged on the Centre’s website with a link to the webpage in the annual report.

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Help care for the birds of today and tomorrow.

Donate to Our Building Campaign

Donations by Cheque:

Please make your cheque payable to: Ottawa Valley Wild Bird Care Centre
P.O. Box 11159 Station "H"
Ottawa, ON K2H 7T9

"Conservation begins with one small act of kindness,
the saving of one life."

- Juliette Marczuk, Chair