I went to veterinary school because I wanted to be able to fix the animals that I found on the side of the road. Alas, besides caring and a veterinary degree, there are expenses that go along with quality care -- diagnostics, medical and surgical supplies, and the range of appropriate foods and accommodations for vastly different species during recovery and rehabilitation. Moreover, wildlife holds us to higher standards of care because these birds need to be 110% recovered for successful release -- able to survive the elements, feed themselves (find food or hunt), avoid predators, rejoin a flock, and in some cases, migrate. It is not unusual for an injured bird to spend a couple of months healing, regrowing feathers, and regaining athletic conditioning before release.
The Wild Bird Project provides free veterinary care to the sick and injured wild birds that cross my path. The Wild Bird Project is not grand enough to justify becoming a 501(c)(3) tax exempt non-profit organization and mostly "sponges" from Kindred Spirit Kindred Care, LLC, which considers it part of "giving back" to the community and the island. That being said, DONATIONS ARE APPRECIATED.
Donations go towards paying for outsourced diagnostic testing, medicines, surgical and bandaging supplies, food, and building supplies. Each year, I try to add something that will enhance what I can offer my wild bird patients. In 2011, I built a bigger flight cage, 18' x 8' x 8'. It is impossible to rehabilitate birds without a flight cage.
Long-term development goals for the Wildlife Project includes: predator-proof perimeter fencing for a half-acre "sanctuary" and additional protected spaces for recovering birds.
Thank you for supporting my "veterinary habit" and local avian wildlife.
shannon nakaya, dvm