Monday, December 12, 2011

Help Protect Our National Symbol

Patriot and her species need your help to keep birds off the endangered species list.

Walter C. Crawford, Jr. founded World Bird Sanctuary over 35 years ago, with one goal - protect our threatened bird species and their habitats.

Walter started his important work by rescuing and rehabilitating injured birds of prey.  This is still a core focus of our mission today.  Over the last 35 years we have successfully released many hawks, eagles, owls, vultures, peregrine falcons and other birds of prey to the wild.  We gave them a second chance.

This would not have been possible without your help.


Patriot is a Bald Eagle that was hatched in the wild.  During a violent storm her nest was blown from the tree it was built in, and fell into the Mississippi River.  Her sibling did not survive.  She was rescued by park rangers and brought to the World Bird Sanctuary Wildlife Hospital.  She had chronic pneumonia that was treated aggressively - she was medicated every day for 3 months.  She recovered from the pneumonia, but it had left her lungs so scarred that she did not have the lung capacity required to be able to fly and hunt.  She would have died if she was returned to the wild.

Patriot is a vital part of our environmental education team - she travels with a purpose: to teach children and adults about the threats facing Bald Eagles and other bird species in North America and around the world.

Her story touches over 170,000 children every year, as she travels throughout the United States with World Bird Sanctuary naturalists.

With your help, we can ensure that more birds are released back to the wild. 

Over 90% of wild birds and animals admitted to wildlife hospitals around the country are there because of an encounter with a person or a man-made structure.  In the case of the eagle in our video, it hung by its wing from a fishing line for three days before it was rescued.
After 18 months, a Bald Eagle found hanging from fishing line by the wing was returned to the wild.

Our wildlife hospital admits 300-400 birds per year, and we successfully release most of them back to the wild.  We could not have done this without the help of our supporters.

Your donation  to World Bird Sanctuary today will help us ensure future successes like the 7 bald eagles and countless owls and hawks that we rehabilitated and returned to the wild this year.


The mission of the World Bird Sanctuary is to preserve the earth's biological diversity and to secure the future of threatened bird species in their natural environments.  We work to fulfill this mission through education, propagation, field studies and rehabilitation.

Help us educate others to make the choices that can help them protect our environment. You can be confident that your donation today will help Patriot continue to spread her story and that of others like her!

Donate  Now!

We have over 30 years of success in achieving our mission through our four focus areas, and numerous accolades and awards for our achievements in wildlife conservation and education.

The World Bird Sanctuary is a consistently successful and credible conservation organization, which makes investing in us one of the safest philanthropic decisions you can make.

We will use your money wisely.

World Bird Sanctuary meets all 20 charity standards set by the Better Business Bureau.

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