Fundraising Campaign for the New Centre
Together we have an extraordinary once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to build a new wild bird rehabilitation 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.
We will continue to accept injured, ill, and orphaned wild birds at our current location on Moodie Drive while the new facility is under construction.
Open for bird admissions 365 days a year including holidays, the Centre treats thousands of birds annually, including over 120 different species of birds, many of which are endangered or threatened. From the smallest hummingbird to the largest raptor, no wild bird is ever turned away. Every bird's life matters.
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 of which are on the threatened or endangered species list.
Our current building cannot be expanded or renovated, and adding necessary outdoor aviaries is not an option at our current location. As the city grows, our services will be in more demand than ever. To help save more birds' lives now and in the future, a new facility is desperately needed.
Vision of the New Centre
Featuring an energy-efficient design with over 6,300 square feet of indoor space and over 3,000 square feet of outdoor aviaries, the new facility will provide quiet isolated spaces for recovering birds. Housing requirements for the 120 different species admitted each year can be complex. Although some birds have longer stays with us than others, providing a suitable stress-free 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.
Now, we’re on track to constructing a new, advanced facility to be better equipped to meet the Ottawa Valley's increasing demands for emergency and rehabilitative wild bird care.
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.
How You Can Help
Primarily funded by individual donors, we need your help to achieve our fundraising goal. The estimated total cost of the new facility is $1.7 million and includes the land already acquired, development fees, permits, and the actual construction. Construction will happen in stages, as funds for each stage become available. Reaching $1.7 million quickly will help us ensure construction will proceed without unnecessary delays.
The project's first phase has begun. The required submissions for the site plan control application were made to the City of Ottawa. Due to delays caused by Covid-19, the process is moving at a much slower pace than normal and ours is a complex project. Our team of professionals have done a tremendous job, and construction will begin once the site plan is approved and the required permits have been obtained. A well was drilled in early 2020, and we are happy to report the water quality is very good!
We invite you to become an important part of the new 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.
Donor Giving Levels
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 and in the annual report.
Help care for the birds of today and tomorrow.
Conservation begins with one small act of kindness,
the saving of one life.