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Building the new Wild Bird Care Centre

Building our
new Centre

Conceptual Design

Ruby-crowned Kinglet

Funds Raised



As of July 8, 2024

The Need

Our old facility was small, lacked amenities, and beyond repair. With renting a large space being unsustainable and limiting, it was time for an upgrade to a new, modern, purpose-built facility.  As birds are declining in staggering numbers, each bird's life saved can help the survival of its species. Therefore, the Ottawa Valley Wild Bird Care Centre's work is now more important than ever. Caring for tens of thousands of birds over the past 40 years, our goal is to ensure there is a wild bird advanced care facility in the Ottawa Valley Region that will provide life-saving treatment for orphaned, injured and ill wild birds, for generations to come.


The Vision

The construction of a new facility on 17+ acres of land will provide a state-of-the art, advanced care wild bird emergency facility and will include:

  • A quiet, energy efficient building

  • A modern medical suite and isolation spaces

  • Free-flight areas, both indoors and out, enriched to simulate a more natural environment

  • An interactive education/visitor area where the public can learn more about birds, their habitats, and environmental stewardship

  • The ability to adapt to changing needs


How You Can Help

Together, we have raised over $2.1M for the construction of our new facility thus far and construction is now expected to start in July of 2024!  With construction costs now more than doubled and extensive site work to be done, an additional $2M needs to be raised before December 2024 so that we can move in before the busy bird season starts next year.

You can help us avoid further delays by donating today.

Naming Opportunities

We invite you to become an important part of the new Ottawa Valley Wild Bird Care Centre and our continuing mission of saving birds' lives by lending your name, your family's name or your business to an interior space or outdoor aviary. For the most up to date information on the naming opportunities available and pricing, contact:

Juliette Marczuk, Board Chair

Help care for the birds of today and tomorrow.

Mailing Address:

P.O. Box 11159 Stn "H"

Nepean, ON   K2H 7T9

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Giving Level Recognition

Giving Levels

With permission, and subject to the Centre's Gift Policy, all donors giving $500 or more may be recognized on a permanent digital display in the new building. All donors giving $100 or more will be acknowledged on the Centre’s website only.  Named spaces will have additional recognition.

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Groundbreaking Event

On June 1, 2024 we celebrated our ceremonial groundbreaking event that marks the start of a new chapter in the Centre's history. Speakers included:

  • Karen McCrimmon, MPP Kanata-Carleton

  • Councillor Glen Gower, Ward 6 (Stittsville)

  • Juliette Marczuk, Chair of the Board, Ottawa Valley Wild Bird Care Centre

  • Dr. Robin Roscoe, Veterinarian & Certified Avian Specialist


Although Kathy Nihei’s plans for the Centre were modest, declining bird populations are now demanding more action from us to stop this alarming trend. Especially for those species that are threatened or endangered of becoming extinct, each precious life saved can have a real impact on the survival of its species. We can help birds now and in the future. The new facility will provide an exceptional level of care, and a stable future for the Centre. 

Due to increased pricing of construction, another $2M will need to be raised by December of 2024 to avoid construction-related delays.

Construction is expected to begin in July 2024, with completion expected before the busy baby bird season of 2025!

Bringing our Dream to Life...


We wish to extend a very special thank you to our architect and fellow bird-lover, Dr. Ammar Aldujaili, OAA, OAQ, Ph.D. Arch., for his dedication  and commitment to this project. He has gone above and beyond to make this project come to life.

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We wish to also extend a very special thank you to our civil engineer and also fellow bird-lover, Dr. Husham Almansour Ph.D., P. Eng, for his dedication and commitment to this project, and persevering with us through a very challenging site plan process.


We are excited to be working with Graebeck Construction whose many years of professional experience in the construction industry and work on complex projects such as ours will turn our dream into reality.

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