Fundraising Campaign for the New Centre
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.
We will continue to accept injured, ill and orphaned birds at our temporary location at C-822 Cedarview Road in Nepean as of July 5 until our new facility is built.
Open for bird admissions 365 days a year including holidays, the Centre treats thousands of birds annually, including over 170 different species of birds, many of which are endangered or threatened. 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 old building on Moodie Drive was unable to be renovated or expanded and having outdoor aviaries was impossible. Although we moved to a temporary rented location to accommodate more birds, the need for our new, purpose-built advanced care facility is now more urgent than ever.
Vision of the New Centre
Featuring an energy-efficient design with 623 square meters of indoor space and additional 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 cost of the new facility is $1.7 million, based on estimates prior to the pandemic. 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.