About Wild Bird Rehabilitation
Wild Bird Rehabilitation, Inc.is a 501(c) nonprofit tax-exempt organization. Our mission is to give the best possible care to injured, sick and orphaned wild birds and to release those birds back intotheir natural habitat. All donations to the organization are tax deductable.
Wild Bird Rehabilitation, Inc. is one of four private wildlife rehabilitation organizations in the St. Louis metropolitan area. The organization was incorporated in December of 1992 and began accepting birds in June 1993.
During our first year, WBR handled over 500 birds and over a 1,000 phone calls from the public. The staff was completely volunteer and financial support came directly from private donations.
Today, Wild Bird Rehabilitation, Inc. assists in helping over 2,500 birds a year, representing some 100 different native bird species. WBR receives referrals from St. Louis city, county and state animal agencies as well as from many veterinarians and other animal welfare organizations.
During the winter the facility is staffed by approximately 20 volunteers who donate four to eight hours a week. From mid April through September, our volunteer support increases to around 80, with two additional part-time staff employees. Volunteers and staff work under the direction of the Executive Director, Carol Kershner.
Wild Bird Rehabilitation, Inc. opened the original Crestwood facility in June 1993. The small office building space was approximately 1250 square feet and it housed all WBR rehabilitation services.
In November of 2004, WBR purchased our very own building in Overland MO (St. Louis County). After a bit of renovation, WBR moved into the new facility at 9624 Midland Blvd., Overland, MO 63114. In addition to the housing the birds, the new facility also is utilized for volunteer orientation, training and board meetings.
As of 2007, Wild Bird Rehabilitation is the only facility admitting and caring for wild songbirds and other small birds in the eastern half of Missouri. For those finding injured or orphaned birds, we are the only resource in the area. We have a commitment to the St. Louis community. Maintaining a strong organization in a position to sustain its mission is part of our commitment.