By Diane Ako
HAWAII KAI (KHNL)- They spend their time helping save Hawaii's wild birds. Now, they need your help. The Wild Bird Rehab Haven is looking for a new home. The non-profit works out of Pucks Alley right now, but its lease is up at the end of this month. It's asking someone to donate a new space for the birds.
We did this interview at the Hawaii Kai home of one of the Haven's key volunteers, Patty Sharf. She shows us half a dozen baby birds which are orphans, and would probably die without human intervention. "It's a great deal of work. Some of the babies eat every 30 minutes."
It's a labor of love for Sharf and the 50 volunteers. "I just love taking care of the birds and seeing them released."
Wild Bird Rehab Haven is the only place in the state that takes in wild birds. The group's yearly budget is $28,000, all in donations. It can't afford the rent increase at its current location, but Levine says there are no leads at this time for a new office. So when it loses its office, "We'll just be working with our home rehabber network till we find another location."
Still, it's overwhelmed. "We get 20 to 25 calls a day during baby bird season which if February through July, and we always have more birds than rehabbers to take them in," laments Levine.
It's looking for donated space where it can stretch its wings. Levine describes, "It would house a baby bird nursery, a facilty for sick and injured birds, vet services, and a flight aviary outdoors for pre-release practice."
They're asking the community to help, because these birds are part of Hawaii's wildlife. Sharf says, "When they get released it's amazing to think you fed these birds and raised them and now they're able to be out where they belong."
They save about 1, 500 birds a year. About 90 percent get well enough to release back into the wild. The rest get adopted. To volunteer, adopt, or donate supplies or space, go to www.wildbirdrehabhaven.org or e mail email@example.com.
It'll also have photo display of its education program at a booth at the Pet Expo May 12 and 13, 2007 at the Blaisdell Center.
If you find a wild bird:
» Carefully place the bird in a covered container with air holes.
» Keep it in a quiet, warm place until you can contact a rehab volunteer or a veterinarian.
» Apply light pressure to stop any bleeding.
» Weak or injured birds usually need rehydrating. They can be given juicy bits of papaya or a thirst quencher like Gatorade.
» Baby birds without feathers need to be kept on a heating pad. Make sure there is room for the bird to move off the pad if it gets too hot.