It’s official: Bird Rescue Center has signed a long-term lease!
On April 5 2019, BRC signed a long-term lease on 2 acres in Cotati culminating a 4-year search for a new home. After investigating almost 20 different properties and having to eliminate them one by one, we were getting pretty discouraged. Now, however, we are pleased to report that we have reached a major milestone in our relocation effort.
Almost one year ago, one of our dedicated supporters, Jennifer Coleman, responded to our call for help and led us to a property in Cotati that had been vacant for about five years. Based on her lead, we discovered the property had sold just 3 months prior, however, we were able to connect with the new owners Dave and Heidi Jacquin. They were immediately interested in helping us and set about making us a part of their plans for the property.
We are so very grateful to Jennifer, without whom we would never have found this particular property, and to the Jacquins for their extreme generosity and unwavering commitment to helping us.
And now the real work begins.
We have a place, but we still need to build a new facility – which in this post-fire era is more costly than ever. We have set a goal of raising $600,000 by the end of 2019 to get the project started. We anticipate this amount will cover design, engineering, permits, and hopefully the foundation. We have received strong support on social media – which has been amazing – but what we really need right now is cold, hard cash.
Your donations will help ensure that the 3,000+ birds we handle each and every year continue to get the best possible care. You will also be supporting our 18 Resident Ambassador birds and our Community Education programs, which reached more than 47,000 children and adults last year with important lessons about climate change, our local environment, and cohabiting with native wild birds. We have one of the few Junior Volunteer programs in the County, and your financial support can help make sure that resource remains available to children between the ages of 13 and 18.
Read the Press Democrat’s coverage.