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About Wild Nest Bird Rehab

Saving the Planet, One Bird at a Time...


To Rehabilitate and Release Songbirds and Preserve and Protect All Birds

Birds are vital to the health of our planet – providing pest control, pollination, seed dispersal, clean-up services, and more, balancing our ecosystems and saving us billions of dollars annually. Accessible to everyone, songbirds offer a ready way to enjoy wildlife and connect with nature.

North America has lost nearly three billion birds in the past fifty years. In one short generation, bird populations have declined nearly 30% (more than 1 in 4 birds), primarily as a result of human-caused habitat loss, climate change, window strikes, pesticides, free-roaming cats, fireworks, and other threats. These losses include all songbirds such as Georgia’s state bird, the Brown Thrasher, whose populations have declined by more than 40%.

Wild Nest Bird Rehabilitation is the only 501(c)(3) nonprofit songbird rehabilitation facility in Georgia. Following almost 15 years of experience in her home clinic, Founder and Licensed Rehabilitator Nancy Eilen, with Joy Carter, formally chartered WNBR as a nonprofit in early 2021. Since then, WNBR has treated over 2,500 birds, established a formal training program for those seeking state and federal wildlife rehabilitation licenses, trained over 275 volunteers in bird care and educated the public through school and community outreach. Our all-volunteer team includes three federally licensed rehabilitators, animal technicians, veterinarians, student interns, trained caregivers and operations, facilities and strategic planning experts.  

WNBR is a completely volunteer-led organization. One hundred percent of your donation goes toward our key objectives: treating and rehabilitating injured and orphaned birds, increasing bird rehabilitation capacity in Georgia and educating Georgians on the threats birds face and how they can help.


Wild Nest Bird Rehabilitation was created out of passion and necessity. Currently, Wild Nest is the only 501(c)(3) nonprofit rehabilitation facility dedicated to songbirds in Georgia, and fewer than a dozen state- and federally-permitted private bird rehabilitators practice in the state, usually working in their homes and paying expenses out of pocket.


Wild Nest’s beginnings were much the same. For several years, Wild Nest co-founder and Licensed Rehabilitator Nancy Eilen cared for hundreds of wild birds in her home. In early 2021, Nancy co-founded Wild Nest Bird Rehab, Inc. with Joy Carter, as a non-profit organization to help birds in metro Atlanta and beyond.

With a growing flock of committed volunteers, Wild Nest endeavors to rehabilitate and release songbirds in need and to preserve and protect all birds through educating the public about what we can all do to reduce threats to birds and create a safer, healthier world for all living beings.

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