Wildlife rehabilitation work is multifaceted and demanding. Many permit holders burn out and close their centers after a few years.
Wildbird Recovery has been serving Western Pennsylvania continuously since 1999 and attributes much of that success to our volunteers. Wildbird treats a multitude of avian species native to Pennsylvania, including songbirds, waterfowl, hawks, and owls, and admits about 200 wild patients each year. Although our wildlife rehabilitator dedicates most of her time to caring for the animals, we rely heavily on volunteers to assist with animal care, cleaning, and projects.
Whether or not you are comfortable working with the animals, you have special talents we can use. If you love what we are doing and want to take part, please check out the positions we have available below. (Click on each one for more information)
• Animal Care Assistant – Year Round
• College Summer Program
• Group Projects
I started volunteering three years ago at wild bird recovery after coming to the migration festival. I was intrigued by Beth’s education birds, the property and the tour that was given by Stacey. Something inside me wanted to do more and learn more about the birds. Three years later here I am. -Laura Beck
I started volunteering at Wildbird Recovery in the spring of 2009. Assisting in the rehab and release of the birds in our care is so gratifying! I’ve hand fed a baby hummingbird the size of a quarter, I’ve watched a Canada goose receive a chiropractic adjustment, I’ve comforted a dying hen and I’ve witnessed frail birds of prey become strong and healthy. Sharing these experiences with other like-minded volunteers is wonderful and I can’t say enough good things about the healing that happens here, both mentally and physically. – Lisa Busa
I met Beth almost ten years ago. As a new wildlife rehabilitator, I was anxious to give the best possible care to all of my avian patients. Beth took me under her wing (pun intended) and gave me insight on ideal diets and treatments, as well as reference books that would be helpful to have on hand. Once my career had moved on from rehabilitation, she was the first person I contacted to volunteer. I learn something new from her each and every visit, and I love knowing that I’m helping make a difference for native Pennsylvania wildlife. – Bree Bigelow