Birds in Flight is the only wildlife rescue and rehabilitation center in the Mahoning Valley, handling more than 20,000 incidents every year. We are committed to our patients from the moment they come into our care until they are healed and ready to return to the wild.
Rescue is the first step in helping injured wildlife.
We can receive upwards of 75-100 calls daily about injured or orphaned wildlife from 42 counties in Ohio and Pennsylvania.
We try our very best to answer every call and to go into action when needed.
Volunteers from all over help us in rescuing and delivering wildlife to our facility if we are unable to respond ourselves.
Working to Make Them Whole
Rehabilitating wildlife can be tedious, trying and time consuming but so rewarding.
We do all the veterinary care and physical therapy needed for injured wildlife to eventually be released back into the wild.
Sometimes it is doing feedings every few hours during the night to a baby squirrel while other times it is doing emergency surgery on an injured eagle.
Each animal is important to us and we try our very best to make sure they can return home.
This is when all the hard work pays off for us.
Watching an animal that we have nursed back to health and be released into the wild is what it’s all about.
With over 80 acres at our sanctuary, most animals can be released right on our property to enjoy the woods, streams and other habitat that it has to offer.
PHOTO & VIDEO GALLERIES
Take a look behind the scenes to see our patients as they heal, get back in shape for release, and head home.
BRING A "WILD THING" TO YOUR EVENT
Education is critical to Birds in Flight Sanctuary.
These paid programs help with the care, housing and feeding of all the birds permanent and temporary. Birds kept for use in education programs are deemed non-releasable by a licensed rehabilitation facility and the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service. We will bring live birds to your scout meeting, park programs, sportsman shows, store openings and any other gatherings where bird lovers would enjoy seeing live birds.
These programs give people the understanding, appreciation and concern for raptors and other wildlife. Birds in Flight will explain the licenses required to run a rehabilitation facility, environmental issues, then the birds are introduced one by one. It is a captivating way to bring the wild to you.
TO BOOK A PROGRAM
Programs run from 60 minutes up to 4 hours for a display program.
Fees are discussed individually, but most programs will run $100 plus mileage for each hour. A minimum of $75 plus mileage is required for all programs.
Call 330 652 3381 for fees and scheduling.
We are always open to participating in research that advances the ability of rescue organizations like ours to provide the best possible futures for the wildlife in our care.
Most recently, we received a research permit to determine how effectively one-eyed birds hunt and survive in the wild. We began to train and hunt using falconry techniques, working with a red tailed hawk and a rough legged hawk. Money will be needed for telemetry for further study after the birds are released.
This is a study that had never been tackled before and its outcome should help state and federal officials make decisions about the futures of injured birds: whether to euthanize, place in education, or release back into the wild. With this study, we hope to prove that one-eyed birds can in fact live fairly normal lives.
This study is personal, as many of you know about Liberty, the bald eagle that was released with only one eye, and the battle that was fought for his freedom in two states. As of today, he has not come into any rehabilitation facility; that would mean that he has lived in the wild since he was released in 2006.
We also received a research permit for the study of silver on wounds and diseases. This is a study that we were very excited about and worked closely with officials from Silver Rx Pet Solutions to come up with a plan on treatment for many harmful problems that arise with sickness and injuries. We hope that with this study, we will discover successful natural remedies for birds that can replace chemical intervention.
WHAT TO DO IN AN EMERGENCY
- A wild animal or bird is brought to you by a cat or a dog.
- You see bleeding or other obvious injury.
- You see an apparent or obvious broken wing.
- A featherless or nearly featherless bird is on the ground.
- The bird is shivering.
- There’s evidence of a dead parent nearby.
- A downy baby is on the ground near children or animals.
- Bird is hopping around on the ground/unable to fly.
- If you think you’ve found an orphaned bird please call first. Many songbird mothers kick their babies out of the nest when they reach a certain age. This is the time when the parents teach the babies how to survive on their own. It is a critical time for them to stay with their parents!
- If you are on the road, get the bird or animal off the road, try to cover it with a blanket or jacket, ascertain your location (road signs, buildings, map app) and call us.
- If a bird or animal has any of the signs listed, call us immediately call us at 330 652 3381.
- DO NOT EVER GIVE FOOD OR WATER TO AN INJURED BIRD OR ANIMAL.
OUT OF AREA
- If you are looking for a wildlife rehabilitator that is not in Trumbull, Portage, Ashtabula or Columbiana counties, you can call ODNR at 1-800-WILDLIFE or call Birds in Flight and we will find one for you.
Wild birds, just like our pets, need professional care when they are sick or injured. Broken bones and traumatic injures or infections need immediate care.
Please be courteous when calling. Most rehabilitators are not paid and have few volunteers to travel and pick up the birds. You may be asked to bring the bird to the sanctuary, after being given careful handling instructions, so care is not interrupted to the other birds that are in our care. We take in over 500 birds yearly with many needing immediate attention, surgery and medication, so your understanding is appreciated.
Call us at 330 652 3381
We answer calls from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m., 365 days a year.