Wildlife Care Center Site Search Begins

by Bob Sallinger, Conservation Director

Bird Alliance of Oregon is excited to announce the beginning of our search for a new site within the Portland metro region on which to build a new Wildlife Care Center. We are reaching out to our community to seek sites that meet our needs.

Wildlife Care Center

Our Wildlife Care Center is the busiest wildlife rehabilitation facility in the region, treating 3,000 to 5,000 wild animals each year. The current facility at our sanctuary on Cornell Road is 35 years old and no longer able to meet demand or modern wildlife care standards. Well over 100,000 wild animals have passed through this 1,400-square-foot building during its life, and it needs to be replaced.

Due to septic system limitations and other constraints at the Cornell Road site, we have decided to search for a new location. This will allow us to construct a modern wildlife rehabilitation center that meets demand for wildlife care services, expand outreach to promote wildlife stewardship and reduce human-wildlife conflicts, increase opportunities for volunteers, researchers, and other wildlife professionals, and develop new partnerships and connections to our community.

The new Wildlife Care Center will deliver outstanding wildlife care, promote protection of the wild animals that share our landscape, reflect Bird Alliance of Oregon’s commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion, and model green, sustainable, wildlife-friendly building practices.

But we need your help! We will use several strategies to identify and secure a site, but our amazing community is often the best source of information and ideas. If you own or know of a site that you think would meet our needs, we want to hear from you. Please contact Bird Alliance of Oregon Conservation Director Bob Sallinger at bsallinger@birdallianceoregon.org.

WCC Site Criteria Infographic