American White Pelican


Dr.Garrett and Mr

This wonderful American White Pelican came to us in January 2012.  Keeping him in fish and his release is another story in itself. Keep posted. Above: Cheryl Garrett, DVM, Idaho Humane Society getting ready to examine Mr. Pelican.

A wonderful bird is the pelican
His bill will hold more than his belican.
He can take in his beak
Food enough for a week,
But I’m damned if I see how the helican.
— Dixon Lanier Merritt

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Volunteer Lauren Davis


Lauren Davis and her mother, Kelley have been volunteers at the Ruth Melichar Bird Center since 2011 and Lauren has been a big contributor to AIDA through her work at the center as well as monetary contributions.  She contributed her birthday money and proceeds from her and her friends’ bake sale,  totaling a whopping $378.00.  Lauren, you’re a real jewel and special friend to the birds.

Feeding a Rescued Bird



If you find a baby bird who needs help PLEASE do not feed him anything until you have spoken to a rehabber. So many of the birds we get brought to us die because finders have fed them or put liquids in their mouth. Songbirds are very fragile and get aspiration pneumonia very easy from improper feeding. NEVER put liquids in a baby birds mouth.