About Wild Nest Bird Rehab
Saving the World, One Bird at a Time
Mission: To Rehabilitate and Release Songbirds and Preserve and Protect All Birds
Found on every continent, across every ocean, and in every imaginable ecosystem, birds are vital to the health of our planet. The environmental services they provide include pest control, pollination, seed dispersal, clean-up services, and more, balance our ecosystems and save us billions of dollars each year. Accessible to everyone, songbirds offer a ready way to enjoy wildlife and connect with nature. We need only to look out a window or step outside to enjoy their beautiful songs, vibrant colors, and fascinating behaviors.
Tragically, according to the world’s leading scientific journals, 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 birds, not just threatened species, including some of our most beloved backyard songbirds, including Georgia’s state bird, the Brown Thrasher, whose populations have declined by more than 40%. These losses are a harbinger of environmental challenges that will impact us as well.
Wild Nest Bird Rehabilitation strives to mitigate these losses by helping every bird we can, primarily rehabilitating and releasing sick and injured songbirds, as well as orphaned baby birds. In addition, we educate the public about bird conservation and simple actions that can help preserve and protect all birds.
Wild Nest Bird Rehabilitation was created out of passion and necessity. Currently, no other rehabilitation facility dedicated to songbirds exists 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 founder and executive director Nancy Eilen cared for hundreds of wild birds in her home. In early 2021, Nancy founded Wild Nest, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization helping birds in metro Atlanta and beyond. With a 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.