Story and Photography by Barbara Adams
The Ottawa Valley Wild Bird Care Center in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada welcomes more than 3,000 wild birds each year. It is the region’s only organization dedicated to the care, treatment, and rehabilitation of injured, sick, and orphaned wild birds. Our rescues come in all sizes, from the tiniest hatchlings to the largest raptors.
Our public education program teaches children, youth, and adults about avian injury prevention, natural history, conservation and rehabilitation of wild birds.
Photographs of the birds and their path to recovery form an integral part of the Center’s operations. Because it survives almost entirely on donor support, photography is one of the many factors that help the center survive and flourish. The daily posts on Facebook and Instagram, the website (https://www.wildbirdcarecentre.org/), presentations to schools, and community groups all depend on the photographs taken of the vulnerable beauties and their caregivers.
As a Board Member and a volunteer photographer at the Center, I am fortunate enough to assist in ensuring that the community knows about the Center and how they can support it. But perhaps most importantly, we help in letting the public know how they can help the wild birds in the region.
Barbara Adams is a nature and travel photographer who is a long time member of NANPA. Her photos have been exhibited in the Ottawa region and have been published in Expressions. She uses her work to support the charitable Ottawa Valley Wild Bird Care Center.