Caring for Wild Birds
At the VINS Center for Wild Bird Rehabilitation, highly-trained rehabilitators treat 700+ injured and orphaned birds from throughout Vermont and New Hampshire each year. We also provide food, medical care and shelter for our many resident wild birds.
Feeding Wild Birds
VINS provides food for over fifty permanent resident birds every day. That is on top of the food provided to the wild birds that are patients in the Center for Wild Bird Rehabilitation. The birds that stay at VINS eat a wide variety of diets, from sunflower seeds and fruit, to mealworms and crickets, to mice, rabbits and fish. When you adopt a bird through VINS’ RISE program, you are helping to provide nutritious meals that are specially prepared by staff and volunteers to meet that birds needs and to keep them fit and full.
Providing Medical Care
At VINS, animal care staff provide healthcare to all of our ambassador birds. The Center for Wild Bird Rehabilitation is a bird hospital where any of our birds can get medical treatment if they become ill or injured. All of the birds that live at VINS get check-up examinations twice a year with our volunteer veterinarians to monitor their health. This includes bloodwork and vaccinations. Your RISE contribution helps VINS staff to deliver this care and to keep our birds comfortable and healthy.
Shelter for Wild Birds
Each bird at VINS lives in an enclosure specifically designed to meet his or her needs. Depending on the bird’s species and individual history, different types of perches, materials, and even sizes of enclosure are best to keep them safe and content. Many of our birds are offered additional heat support during the winter to accommodate their needs. The bird enclosures require regular cleaning and repairs. Adopting a bird through RISE helps to keep your bird’s shelter an ideal home.