New Volunteer Orientation: Saturday, February 20 2016, 11am-1pm

The work of The Bird Rescue Center depends upon a small army of caring and compassionate volunteers. Whether it’s feeding baby birds, working with the Response Team phone line, doing field rescues or any number of other jobs, we depend upon people of all ages and backgrounds. In 2015, BRC admitted 3,236 birds, 70% of which were admitted between April and September. We need your help to feed all those hungry mouths!

Come to the Volunteer Orientation: Saturday, February 20 2016, 11am-1pm to learn about the Center’s work, tour the facility and learn details about volunteer training and commitment. Don’t have time to commit to the training and shift requirements for the Rehabilitation Hospital? No problem! You can still have a hands-on role helping in other vital areas. Bring your skills, interests and enthusiasm — we’ll put them to work!


Interested in volunteering in the BRC Rehab Hospital?

Rehabilitation Hospital volunteer requirements (working with the baby birds):

  • Be 13 years of age or older;
  • Have a current tetanus shot and health insurance;
  • Be a paid BRC member;
  • Attend a free Volunteer Orientation;
  • Complete four 4-hour training sessions;
  • Rehab volunteers must commit to work at least one 4-hour shift per week during Baby Bird Season (May–August);
  • 2 hours of continued education each year

What do rehab hospital volunteers do?

  • Prepare food for the birds
  • Feed, feed, feed the birds! (nestlings are fed every 30 minutes for 12 hours a day)
  • Wash dishes
  • Clean up lots of bird crap

It’s not for everyone:

  • People with a compromised immune system should not volunteer in wildlife rehabilitation.
  • It can be physically demanding: you will be on your feet for four hours during the busy season and there is a lot of bending down, carrying, and cleaning involved.
  • If the idea of handling live mealworms and dead mice creeps you out, then the Rehab Hospital is probably not the best job for you.
  • There are other volunteer opportunities at BRC — just ask!

Download PDF with this info
Download Training Schedule PDF
Questions? Call 707 523-2473.


Interested in becoming a BRC Admissions Volunteer?

Admissions volunteer requirements:

  • Be 13 years of age or older;
  • Have a current tetanus shot and health insurance;
  • Be a paid BRC member;
  • Attend a free Volunteer Orientation;
  • Complete training sessions;
  • Admissions volunteers must commit to work at least one 4-hour shift per week during Baby Bird Season (May–August);
  • 2 hours of continued education each year

What do admissions volunteers do?

  • Admit sick, injured, & orphaned birds
  • Advise bird finders
  • Dispatch field rescuers and coordinate transport
  • Provide support to rehab staff as needed
  • Answer questions regarding bird behavior and habitat from callers on bird hotline

It’s not for everyone:

  • People with a compromised immune system should not volunteer in wildlife rehabilitation.
  • It requires good multi-tasking: fielding phone calls from frantic finders, completing intake for incoming birds, making calls to coordinate field rescue/transport, tracking down information about prior admissions, etc.
  • There are other volunteer opportunities at BRC — just ask!

Download PDF with this info
Download Training Schedule PDF
Questions? Call 707 523-2473.


It’s fun and incredibly rewarding plus you’ll be working with a great team of people who all really care! And volunteering really is good for your health.

Can you make a serious commitment?
More than 90% of the work at BRC’s hospital is done by volunteers. We ask you to seriously evaluate your schedule and other commitments before joining our volunteer team.

During Baby Bird Season, we have three shifts (8am–noon, noon-4pm, 4-8pm) every day — there are no holidays at BRC! At any given time, some shifts may be full and not taking new volunteers.