Wild Bird Center Needs Help
Photo: Video by kmir6.com
CREATED Jun. 11, 2013
A viewer wrote in about a valley bird sanctuary where injured or sick birds are taken.
Right now it's struggling; there is no air conditioning, and not enough money.
It's the only bird rescue of its kind in the desert.
The all-volunteer, non-profit organization takes in birds from Riverside, San Bernardino and Imperial Counties.
The Coachella Valley Wild Bird Center in Indio rescues about 1,300 birds a year.
But now this rescue, could use some help of its own.
From little songbirds, to large birds of prey, to wise old owls, the Coachella Valley Wild Bird Center saves injured birds.
Palm Springs resident, Jan Grayling, contacted us after she found two cooper hawks and brought them to the rescue.
"We need to help, they don't have sufficient money, sufficient labor, and the saddest thing was the electric air conditioning was not operating properly," said Jan.
Executive director, Linda York, has been saving birds since 1978.
She opened the center in 1995; it is funded by some grants, but mostly by donations.
"It's the biggest struggle, without the funds you don't buy the mice and the mealworms and the crickets and whatnot you need to feed the critters and all the other things it takes to run a facility," said Linda.
They have 30 sick and injured birds just inside the building right now. The goal is to get them well and flying outside again, but some of them, like a Western Screech Owl, Scrappy, will spend the rest of their lives there.
"We provide yes a lot of service for the birds, but probably the biggest portion is education for the public," said Linda.
While we were at the bird center, The Fish and Wildlife Service stopped by with another bird that needs a home.
Every day visitors flock to the center to drop off birds, or go bird-watching on the grounds.
"We are sort of a hidden treasure in the valley, not only can you bring injured sick orphaned birds to us, but you can also enjoy the wetlands," said Linda.
And Jan hopes people will donate their time or money, to help our feathery friends.
"You know we're lucky, we wake up every morning wherever we are, poor or rich, we hear a little bird sing, and its a happy happy sound. So let's all try to help this wild bird center in Indio," said Jan.
The Wild Bird Center also offers bird walks, and takes birds to schools to educate children.
But they really need financial donations to keep their doors open.
If you would like to help, their website is http://coachellavalleywildbirdcenter.org.