About Bird Refuge

*IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT - March 1, 2015 – Bird Refuge is now working only with herons, egrets, and bitterns. In some instances, you will find help with your bird concerns in our “Help!  I Found A….” menu. For help with other birds that are injured or truly orphaned contact Pennsylvania Association of Wildlife Rehabilitators or Tristate Bird Rescue to choose another rehab center or call Raven Ridge Wildlife for Mammals (Lancaster county), 717-808-2652 or Red Creek Wildlife for Mammals, all Birds and Waterfowl, 570-739-4393.

Throughout our 30+ years of operation, we have cared for and released thousands of Pennsylvania's jewels on wings ranging from tiny hummingbirds to the great blue heron. We are now slowing down and so are focusing our work on the Pennsylvania Endangered Night Herons and Egrets. The Director of Bird Refuge, Teresa Deckard, operates under state, federal, endangered species and educational permits issued by the Pennsylvania Game Commission and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

(For further reading see: Title 34 Game and Wildlife Code and Title 58 Pennsylvania Code or 50 Code of Federal Regulations)

While it is illegal for the public to handle wild birds, their nests, eggs, feathers or young, it is lawful to immediately arrange to bring injured, disrupted or orphaned native species to licensed rehabilitators for quality triage and rehab care.

Bird Refuge is a volunteer, non-profit, charitable, 501(c)(3) organization that depends primarily on generous donations of concerned, private donors (donations are tax deductible). We keep costs to a minimum by careful use of resources and recycling.

Bird Refuge is the recipient of the Heroes of Our Community Red Cross Award and has received merit citations from the PA House of Representative, the Senate of PA, and the PA Game Commission for dedication and contribution to wildlife conservation in PA. Three Bird Refuge volunteers have been the recipients of the Presidential Student Service Award.

Check out our Photo album of 2013 Arrivals - 2013 Bird Refuge Admissions

We're also on Facebook,2013 Bird Refuge Facebook

 

    

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Bird Refuge receives citation award from a PA State Representative


Since 1987, we have:

Treated more than 13,000+ wild birds which includes over 116 species.

Over the past six years we have worked with 300+ Pennsylvania endangered species birds

Provided educational resources and presentations to the community

Trained volunteers to assist in the operations of the facility and care of the birds.


Contact Information

Due to time constraints we are unable to check email regularly. So please call with all bird emergencies.

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Successful Releases!


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Great Egret heads back to nest to rejoin their mate in successful rearing of young.
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Wild Turkey hen release after a full recovery from massive impact injuries (hit by car).
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Juvenile Ruby-throated Hummingbird checks out the world (hit by car).
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Juvenile Downy Woodpecker moments after release, spotted feeding on suet (injured from fall from nest)
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Release of a fledgling cardinal (cat attack).
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Release of an adult male Rose-breasted Grosbeak.
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Release of an adult Great Egret back to a rookery after recovery from fishing line injury.
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Release of Great Egret fledgling to Kiwanis Lake island (surgical fracture repairs)
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Release of a Great Blue Heron after recovering from starvation during severe winter.
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Great Blue Heron adjusts to new environment after release.
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Release of a Red-throated Loon(ice entrapment injuries during severe winter freeze).