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Call to Action:
World Bird Sanctuary's Annual Appeal

“If you take care of birds, you take care of most of the problems in the world.

-Thomas Lovejoy

The entire balance of the world’s ecosystems depends greatly on the stability of bird populations. The sheer variety of bird species that exist, and the specific contributions that each of them provide within their ecosystems, make them indispensable in stabilizing those habitats.

Furthermore, because birds fly – sometimes thousands of miles – they also tie those ecosystems together, demonstrating how dependent each continent is on the other. Birds shrink the distance, they’re the original worldwide web. The loss of just one species can cause a domino effect, affecting entire habitats, and the animals and humans that live within. The loss of 95-98 percent of vulture species alone has caused cataclysmic affects on world health.

By supporting World Bird Sanctuary, you have the opportunity to contribute to the protection of birds and their habitats on local, national, and international levels. Every dollar we receive is carefully curated to support our birds, sanctuary, and ever-expanding collection of programs. 

Much like the services that birds provide the planet, the services that World Bird Sanctuary provides birds are holistic and intertwined. Our four pillars of Conservation, Rehabilitation, Education, and Advocacy work collectively to provide a stable support system for our substantial, and weighty mission.

We thank you deeply for your support of our important mission to protect birds AND their habitats around the world. Our reach is extensive and growing, but we need you to help us continue.

If we save the birds, we preserve the future.

Dawn Griffard
World Bird Sanctuary

Where your dollars go:

The Birds – WBS houses over 180 birds representing over 60 different species from around the world.

The Sanctuary – Our sanctuary is a safe haven for endangered species, permanently injured birds, and the native plants and animals calling our 305 acres of forest home.

Conservation Efforts – WBS breeds endangered species, creating new populations for eventual release back to a safe habitat. Our education department creates materials to promote conservation around the world. Locally, our bird banding and population management programs monitor habitat disturbances and wild avian populations.

The Hospital – The Kathryn G. Favre Wildlife Hospital at World Bird Sanctuary treats over 600 injured or orphaned local birds of prey every year, and releases them back into the wild after their successful rehabilitation.

The Site – Safe and enriching enclosures for our birds, exciting hiking trails, proper accessibility for all visitors, directional signage, and general maintenance all need continual funding.

Education – Local, national, and international education programming for the public is key to our efforts to protect birds and the environment. We ensure that our messages reach diverse audiences by offering programming to children in under-served communities via grants from our supporting foundations and trusts, as well as partnering with groups focused on the LGTBQ community and those who are differently abled.

The Staff – The World Bird Sanctuary staff consists of leaders in the fields of avian conservation, training, husbandry, and strategic management.

We protect and preserve birds and their habitats through conservation, rehabilitation, education, and advocacy. Our Vision is to create a world where birds and humans live in harmony. 

Help us fulfill our mission and vision by making a donation today!

Learn more about our Walter C. Crawford Legacy Society, The World Bird Sanctuary Animal Care Endowment (via The Kevin Beckmann Charitable Trust), and the World Bird Sanctuary Unrestricted Endowment Fund (via the WBS Board of Directors) These initiatives are the core of our fundraising efforts, and make the largest impact on our mission overall.

February is a great time to start sprucing up the site – from bird enclosures to landscaping, there’s a lot to do! Your donations this month will help
us get ready for the coming spring months, and your visit to see the birds!

Our Fete du Feather Gala Fundraiser takes place in April each year, and you can take part in many ways!
Sponsor, attend, donate auction items, or just donate! This is our largest fundraiser for the birds…so your help is appreciated!

Our Wildlife Hospital takes in more than 600 injured or orphaned birds of prey every year, then they are released again when they are healed and ready, so they can live out their lives wild and free. Spring means baby season, so gearing up this month is crucial to our upcoming success.

With over 210 permanent-resident birds, plus those under our care in the hospital at any given time, we have A LOT of beaks to feed!
A large amount of our expense budget goes to the purchase of food for our birds. Believe it or not, rats and mice are not cheap! You can help us fill the
WBS freezers and pantries this month with a cash or in-kind gift!

This month we’ll update you on all that we have been doing during the year to voice the needs of our birds around the world. From hornbills to vultures,
our birds are in critical need of help and attention. We’ll show you how you can help in the fight for survival!

Everything we do at WBS revolves around conservation, so funding for these foundational programs is extremely important!
This month you can help save a species, sponsor a vulture, feed a barn owl, or fund the banding of a clutch of peregrine falcons.

Sponsoring WBS programming for a class or student can make a huge impact. The children at underserved schools deserve to learn
about nature too! Who knows where the next Jane Goodall or David Attenborough will rise from?

Where would we be without our donors and supporters? This month, we take care of YOU with a variety of special programs and acknowledgements.

How did we do with delivering on our mission this past year? How many programs did we present? How much did the Fete du Feather raise? Were you a major donor? All this information is released in our Annual Report. Transparency is one of our key values!

Memberships and Adopt A Birds make great holiday gifts, and are a key fundraising initiative for WBS. Make your giving fun this year!

Nothing means more to our birds than the direct care they receive from our talented, giving, and devoted staff.
We love to make sure our staff is well-compensated and cared for as well! This month, you can earmark your donations directly to the care of our staff.