Wild bird centre halfway to fundraising goal

CORKERY – The Ottawa Valley Wild Bird Care Centre (WBCC) is more than halfway to reaching the $1.7 million goal for a new Centre.

Thanks to the generous support of the WBCC board, members, and many private donors, more than $850,000 has been raised towards building a new advanced care facility.

“As Ottawa expands, we are seeing an increase in the number of birds needing help,” WBCC Chair Juliette Marczuk. “At the same time, the Wild Bird Care Centre has severely out grown its current location, and the birds desperately need outdoor aviaries. The new dedicated rehabilitation centre will help to save the lives of more birds and provide them with the space they need to make a full recovery.”

The new centre will be located at 8520 McArton Rd. on 17 acres of land, and will feature an energy-efficient facility containing dedicated treatment and recovery rooms; an interactive education and resource room; and outdoor aviaries. Construction is expected to begin in the late fall or early winter of 2019, with completion sometime in 2020. This latest chapter in the Wild Bird Care Centre’s 38-year history will be a new and permanent home for the legacy started by the late Kathy Nihei.

“You can become an important part of the Wild Bird Care Centre’s future and help save bird’s lives by naming a room, or making a donation of any value,” Marczuk said. “All donors giving $100 or more will be acknowledged on the centre’s website and in the annual report. Donors giving $500 or more will be recognized on a permanent display in the entrance of the new building; and limited room naming opportunities are available with donations of $10,000 or more.”

For more information about the Ottawa Valley Wild Bird Care Centre’s building campaign, please visit https://www.wildbirdcarecentre.org/build, or send an e-mail to buildinfo@wildbirdcarecentre.org.