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The Bird Rescue Center

A rehabilitation center for Sonoma County’s
wild native bird population

Save the date!
The Bird Rescue Center opens its doors to the public for the 2nd Annual Festival of Feathers!

Resident Ambassador Great Horned Owl, Wowl. Photo by Hughes Goodwin

We are pleased to announce our Second Annual Festival of Feathers Open House event in Santa Rosa, California, on Saturday April 26, 11am-4pm (FREE).

Guests will be wowed by opportunities for up-close encounters with the Center’s resident birds of prey, which will include a variety of owls, falcons and hawks. Kids of all ages will enjoy a selection of fun and educational activities. Appetizers, snacks, desserts and wines representing Sonoma County’s finest will be available. A silent auction and raffle with items and services offered by wonderful local artists and businesses will be offered.

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Photo: Ambassador Resident Wowl by Hughes Goodwin

Baby Bird Season 2014 is starting!
Want to help? baby bird

Come to our next volunteer orientation and learn how to care for them.

Sunday  May 18, 2014 from 11am-1pm.

For more info, please call 707/523-2473.


No time to volunteer? How about helping the birds out by purchasing an item or two from the Rehab hospital wish list?

For gardeners, birders and more
Spring Garden Tour with Maile Arnold

hummingbird in garden

Saturday, June 7: One morning tour and one afternoon tour

Three gardens are included in each tour; those of Maile Arnold, Nancy Bauer and Art Slater (Both Art and Maile are on the Center’s Board of Directors). Pre-registration is required as tour sizes are limited: $20. Signup at the admissions desk at BRC. Tour directions will be provided.

Education Program — meet the raptors

Education Presentation at BRC's Outdoor Classroom

A major part of the BRC’s mission is education. Throughout the year we give many presentations both at the Center and offsite, for schools, public events and organizations.

Education Presentation at BRC's Outdoor ClassroomAre you an educator with a classroom full of kids who would thrill at attending a presentation with our Ambassador birds? Is your class studying owls? A presentation with a couple of our birds is a fantastic way to make it all come alive for the kids!

For more information, please call 707/523-2473 to speak with our Education Coordinator.

We can’t do this without you

Support the Bird Rescue Center

Your support is how we continue to provide the best possible service to the 2,500-3,000 native birds that come through our doors each year.

Every donation helps ensure the future of our of The Bird Rescue Center’s rehabilitation and educational programs. Any amount helps and together we really do make a difference.

• Become a member and receive our biannual newsletter
and BRC window decal.
Download membership form PDF.

How about helping the birds out by purchasing an item or two from the Rehab hospital wish list?

Birds rescued from Santa Rosa nesting site released at Laguna de Santa Rosa

Check out this June 13 article in the Press Democrat covering our black-crowned night-heron flying third release of herons and egrets back to the wild. This is a wonderful ongoing collaboration with International Bird Rescue, Madrone Audubon, the City of Santa Rosa and the Laguna de Santa Rosa Foundation. To date we’ve released 133 birds at this location. The birds were initially rescued by members of the public and BRC volunteers, and transported to IBR in Fairfield for evaluation and care. The birds are released when their medical issues (bone or bill fractures, bruising, emaciation, etc.) are resolved, and they are flying, perching and foraging capably (at approximately seven weeks of age). What a privilege to be involved.

General info

Hours of operation

9am to 5pm. The Center is open seven days a week, 365 days a year. Phone: 707/523-2473.

Visitor days

Bird Rescue Center is open to the public on the first Saturday and third Sunday of every month from 10am-1pm (unless it’s a major holiday; if in doubt, give us a call at 523-2473). Come by and meet our 21 resident raptor Ambassadors. It’s a tremendous opportunity to see these beautiful wild birds up close. Photography of the birds is permitted while keeping a safe distance.

Our Location


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Our purpose is to assist the public in the rescue of injured, orphaned or ill birds. We are the only all-bird wildlife rescue center in our area. Our headquarters and primary care facilities are located in Santa Rosa, CA. We provide service throughout the North San Francisco Bay Area.

We hope the information provided here will help you learn more about how to help rescue a bird in distress. We depend on the volunteer support and contributions of caring individuals like you and hope you will also explore the ways you can get involved with us. Together we can make a difference.

Stay in touch

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Photographic art benefactor, Hughes Goodwin

Hughes Goodwin is a longtime BRC member, generous donor (and now a Board Member), dating back to when he dedicated a membership in memory of his late son, Evan.

Resident Ambassador Barn Owl, Garbo. Photo by Hughes Goodwin

He has traveled the world, photographing wildlife and wild landscapes with a heartfelt eye towards the beauty and fragility of the natural world. Hughes has a special interest in our work at the Center, and over time has created some beautiful portraits of our resident raptor ambassadors.

He has generously offered to give 100% of the proceeds from the sale of this artwork to The Bird Rescue Center. He has also donated several of these raptor portraits, reproduced on a variety of materials such as ceramic tiles and glass, that are now available to members and visitors.

To view the entire collection of his incredible photography visit pedrogoodwinphotography.com. 100% of the proceeds from the sale of any artwork you order will be directed to The Bird Rescue Center if you mention our name when ordering any of his prints. We are deeply grateful for such generosity and appreciate your support.

View a slideshow of his evocative portraits of our resident raptor ambassadors.

dear Mela with Jazzy

Mela Brasset

March 31, 1948 – May 2, 2012

Those of us who were fortunate enough to know, learn from and work with long-time Bird Rescue Center stalwart Mela Brasset, knew that whether it was a songbird, a duck or a Great Horned Owl, birds were most dear to her.

During her years as a volunteer at the Center, Mela held many leadership positions, including rehab and raptor hospital Supervisor, raptor handler, community educator, Raptor Program Coordinator and much, much more. A woman of great heart and generosity of spirit, she worked tirelessly and joyfully on behalf of the birds.

Mela Brasset’s contributions were many and significant. She will be deeply missed, and live always in the hearts and memories of all that knew her.

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