WILD WINGS is a SMALL HOME-BASED REHABILITATION CENTER.  

 Did you know?:
Baby bIRDS ARE FED EVERY 20 MIN TO 1 HOUR (DEPENDING ON AGE AND SPECIES) FROM dawn TO 11PM.  once the  BIRDS GROW UP, they ARE "SOFT RELEASED" (WHICH MEANS THEY ARE RELEASED ON SITE WHERE BACK UP FEEDINGS TAKE PLACE AS NEEDED.)    WHEN an ADULT BIRD COMES IN, IT IS TREATED FOR ITS HEALTH CONCERNS, SEES A VETERINARIAN (IF NEEDED), AND IS THEN RELEASED.  IF an ADULT or baby BIRD CANNOT BE RELEASED IT WILL BE TESTED FOR PLACEMENT IN A SANCTUARY OR EDUCATIONAL SETTING (IF POSSIBLE.)  


~WE HAVE AN OVERALL 85% SURVIVAL RATE~  
~THE ONLY SONGBIRD SPECIFIC REHAB CENTER IN OAKLAND COUNTY.~ 
~WE TAKE IN 600+ BIRDS EVERY YEAR.~    
~STATE AND FEDERALLY PERMITTED.~  

Wildlife Rehab is not cheap. At Wild Wings Bird Rehab last year, food and maintenance costs alone totaled around $20,000.  That is before utilities, medical supplies, and general operation expenses. There is no state or federal financial assistance for wildlife rehab.

Wild Wings is a not for profit (501c 3), completely volunteer organization, we are NOT State or Federally funded. Because we are completely dependent on donations to support our efforts, Wild Wings is constantly on the look-out for supplies, equipment, and cash donations that enable us to provide quality care. Monetary Donations are always needed for housing, feeding, and veterinary care.

Rehabbing an orphaned songbird to release averages between $40 and $50 per nestling.

What wE accept:

songbirds
 (examples: robins, finches, sparrows, starlings, cardinals, blue jays)
WOODPECKERS
Night hawks
AMERICAN woodcocks
crows
pigeons
mourning doves 
 
WE cannot LEGALLY accept: waterfowl (ducks, geese, swans), game birds, chimney swifts, SWALLOWS, HUMMINGBIRDS, gulls, cranes, shorebirds, or raptors (hawks, owls.)  

IF YOU NEED HELP WITH A SPECIES WE CANNOT ACCEPT,  PLEASE GO TO: 

FOR WATERFOWL, CRANES, AND RAPTORS PLEASE CALL:
HOWELL NATURE CENTER AT  (517) 548-5530 

FOR SWIFTS,  SWALLOWS, AND HUMMINGBIRDS PLEASE CALL:
 THE BIRD CENTER OF WASHTENAW AT  (734) 761-9640   

IMPORTANT : FOR THE SAFETY OF OUR PATIENTS AND RESIDENT BIRDS, FROM april 15th TO SEPTEMBER 1st, ONLY UNINJURED BABY BIRDS CAN BE ACCEPTED.  INJURIES AND ILLNESSES WILL BE ACCEPTED ON A STRICT CASE BY CASE BASIS THE REST OF THE YEAR.   

due to tight feeding schedules and the number of birds in care, we rarely can travel to pick up birds. Please be ready to bring the bird to us.  

Please note that We are not a companion bird rescue or bird boarding facility.  We cannot take unwanted pet birds.  THANK YOU FOR YOUR COOPERATION.



Sponsor a Bird Program

During baby season Wild Wings has a sponsor a bird program. For $40 you can sponsor a baby bird of your choice. This can be either one you brought to us, or one we already have in care. You will get the chance to "name" the bird, a certificate of sponsorship, and photos and updates of the bird.

Marg Sapp

Owner/Director/President

I have been in the veterinary field for 17 years.  I am a Licensed Veterinary Technician, and Certified Ornithologist. I am married, and have 2 dogs, 1 corn snake, 5 parrots, 4 finches, 1 canary, 2 diamond doves and 3 pigeons.

I was always that kid bringing home every wayward creature I could find.  My love of birds started at the age of 7 when I got a budgie from my parents.
In 2010 I started volunteering at Howell Nature Center and at a private rehab center.  I learned so much, and began the process of gaining the hour and volunteer requirements to become a rehabber on my own. In 2012, I became one of 5 Certified Wildlife Rehabilitators in the state.  In 2013 I became a sub permittee for a private bird rehab center in Flint. In 2014, I started the process of getting permitted on my own. I became federally and state permitted in January of 2015, and officially opened Wild Wings.  We are growing fast and I look forward to what the future brings.

Meet Our Mascots! This is Lucy Lou! (She prefers to be called Louie)  She is a Checked blue bar "Street"pigeon. She was rescued from a factory in Saginaw that was being demolished. She arrived at Wild Wings at 72 hours old. Because she was so young when brought in, she never learned to survive on her own. She is a permanent resident and comes to our fundraising events.
This is Sheldon!  
Sheldon was found at 7 days old in a Meijer Garden Center plant in early spring. It soon became apparent that he wasnt a "wild type" pigeon, (he is actually a blue bar saddleback homer pigeon!!) My Husband and I decided to add him to the family.  He will be joining us and Louie at our fundraisers and talks.

Pigeons are under different regulations and laws as our Native Wildlife. (This is why we can have participants at our programs actually touch Louie and Sheldon)

On occasion, we do have these birds brought to our center that are not releasable. Under strict guidelines we can offer these birds as a wonderful family indoor pet. Please let us know if you are interested, and we can tell you about any pigeons we may have available.