Care and rehabilitation for sick, injured, and orphaned wild birds.

Welcome to BirdCare Aotearoa

BirdCare Aotearoa is a registered charity dedicated to providing care and rehabilitation for sick, injured, and orphaned wild birds.

Based in Green Bay, Auckland, we are the largest avian hospital and rehabilitation centre in New Zealand by the sheer number of birds we care for, admitting over 6,000 birds every year.

Most birds are brought to us by members of the public, as well as by the SPCA, Department of Conservation, Auckland Council, Fish & Game New Zealand, veterinary clinics, and other wildlife rehabilitators.

Alongside our rehabilitation and release services, we engage in research and advocacy, and provide education and training for other wildlife rehabilitators, veterinarians and allied professionals, wildlife rangers, students, and members of the public who want to learn how to make a positive difference in the lives of wild birds.

Established in 2009 as the New Zealand Bird Rescue Charitable Trust (NZBRCT), we have evolved from a “cottage rescue centre” to a professional wildlife hospital and rehabilitation centre. In 2021, we rebranded to BirdCare Aotearoa.

With your generous support, we give wild birds a second chance at life.

Generosity Generator: thank you for helping us raise over $20,000!

Our Generosity Generator crowdfunder has now closed. Thanks to your incredible generosity, we raised over $20,000! This is a huge boost ahead of what we expect to be our busiest ever baby bird season.

Heartfelt thanks to each and every one of you who donated, shared our campaign with others, or helped in any other way. We’re absolutely blown away by your generosity.

If you didn’t manage to donate in time, you’re most welcome to make a donation directly through our website.

Upcoming Event: Building Community Preparedness to Protect Wildlife

Date: Tuesday 18 October 2022

The global increase in extreme weather events due to the climate crisis means New Zealand will not be immune to its impacts. Join BirdCare Aotearoa and other collaborating individuals and organisations as we prepare our response to a mock extreme weather event and build plans to reduce harm to wildlife. We look forward to harnessing the collective knowledge and expertise of all participants to ensure a co-ordinated disaster response. This event is part of the Auckland Climate Festival.

For more information or to register your interest, please contact our General Manager, Dr Lynn Miller on 021 084 37146 or lynn.miller@birdcareaotearoa.org.nz.

Upcoming Event: Auckland Marathon

Date: Sunday 30 October 2022

For the first time ever, BirdCare Aotearoa is a listed charity in the 2022 Auckland Marathon! There’s still time to train, so sign up as an individual, family, or team of friends or colleagues – and run for the birds! There are also shorter distances and a kid’s option available.

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How you can help

Volunteer: From running errands to gardening, maintenance and caring for birds, there are many ways you can help.

Fundraise: Get creative and have some fun while raising money to support our life-saving work.

Involve your business: Get your team together for a volunteer day or hold a fundraiser.

Join our team: Make a difference by working alongside our small, friendly team of professionals.

Donate: Your donation will help us provide life-saving veterinary care for thousands of wild birds.

Ways to support us

As a non-profit organisation, we rely entirely on the support of our wonderful donors and partners.

If you would like to support us financially, there are many ways you can contribute. You can make a one-off donation, become a regular donor, treat your family or friends to a gift certificate, or donate an item on our wish list.

There are also options for organising a fundraiser, giving through your workplace, or leaving a gift in your will.

Our partners

Help us to help the wild birds of Aotearoa!

Our work would not be possible without the generosity of our partners. We have many exciting opportunities for businesses to contribute to our work. If you would like to partner with us, please email support@birdcareaotearoa.org.nz.