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Alpena’s Bird Center Educates the Community on Bird Rescue

Alpena’s Bird Center in Ossineke has tenants that are a cuteness overload. “ABC was founded three seasons ago. We are a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. We are working on getting a flight cage built so we can accept eagles. So, any donations go directly to helping

our little infant birds and all the way up to adult birds,” Founder of Alpena Bird Center Ashley Kolnowski said.

The message of the day is nestlings and fledglings are not alike and should be approached¬†differently. “If you find one on the ground, here is the difference; here I have a hatchling or a nestling, if you find one of these on the ground, it needs help. Either getting put back up in the nest if it’s not injured, or you need to contact me, and I can help you with determining if it needs care or if it can be placed in the nest. Fledglings on the other hand, can be identified by their tail feathers. This is actually a fledgling robin that came into care when it was just a nestling. You can tell the difference because it’s almost completely feathered, and it has tail feathers. So, this baby in the wild would be being fed by its parents and it would be living on the ground anywhere from three to ten days,” adds Kolnowski. For more information, to donate or volunteer please call (989) 590-2046.