Wiederhold Foundation Grant Funds New Rehabilitation Cages

Audubon Sharon is a unique wildlife rehabilitation center, providing care for sensitive songbirds and raptors. For more than 50 years, Audubon Sharon has been the community resource for treating injured and orphaned wildlife, servicing northwestern Connecticut, eastern New York, and southwestern Massachusetts. We admit 350 injured or orphaned birds and or other wildlife annually. Caring for these species requires a considerable amount of annual funding, time and a high level of professional skill. We are the only resource in the area that provides care for injured or orphaned wildlife. Imagine if this were a human hospital serving such a large geographic area…it would be simply unacceptable.

Audubon Sharon was the recipient of a generous grant from the John T. and Jane A. Wiederhold Foundation in 2015, which supported a revitalization of our Wildlife Rehabilitation Center, including a new suite of wild bird aviaries (two for songbirds and one for medium-sized raptors), a new large 60-foot flight cage for large raptors, and a remodel of the inside space in our nature center building that will double the size of our emergency care facilities.

Audubon Sharon specializes in sensitive songbirds and birds of prey species, many of which are experiencing long-term population declines. We are the only facility in Connecticut that admits many highly demanding songbird species like the Chimney Swift. The ultimate goal of Audubon Sharon’s wildlife rehabilitation program is to treat sick and injured wildlife and release healthy, viable individuals back into the wild while educating the public about what they can do to help protect wildlife. Not only is Audubon Sharon a regional resource, but our rehabilitation work also makes a global impact as many of these species are long-distance migrants, overwintering in Central and South America.