Category Archives: Education

Anser Charter School

Thank you and the children for the donations to the Ruth Melichar Bird Center / Animals In Distress Association, Inc.  The tour was a great opportunity to share thoughts of wild birds, including the hazards of imprinting (ducklings, crows, goslings, etc.), and what to do when a baby bird or fledging is found.  The students were wonderful – their thoughts and questions were creative and fresh, and their behavior was great!  It would seem that Anser Charter School is doing a fabulous job readying and educating our future adults!



The 2015 Idaho Nonprofit Center’s Excellence Awards

2015 Nonprofit Excellence Awards

The Idaho Nonprofit Center’s Excellence Awards recognize the outstanding accomplishments of Idaho’s nonprofit sector. The awards spotlight the enormously important roles of thousands of nonprofit organizations across Idaho that make a difference every day.

The Idaho Nonprofit Center is now accepting applications to honor outstanding nonprofits from across the state. Awards will be given to small and large nonprofits in each of three geographic areas. Visit the FAQ page for further details. Any 501c3 organization based in Idaho may be nominated.

Click here to nominate a 501(c)(3). The nomination deadline is Wednesday, August 12.

The Nonprofit Excellence Awards will be presented at the 12th Annual Statewide Nonprofit Conference on September 15th at 6pm.

Foothills Learning Center Event

Saturday, March 14, AIDA was one of several environmentalP1030145RS groups invited to the Foothills Learning Center to share their mission and passions with local families.

Bill London, IDF&G, gave a presentation on “Spring Arrivals” and what it means each year to our native wildlife. 

Beverly Taylor RMBC Employee

 Sandra Williams, AIDA’s Volunteer Coordinator along with Beverly Taylor of our avian facility, the Ruth Melichar Bird Center, spent their time answering questions about AIDA’s work with orphaned wildlife, recruiting new volunteers to help, and showing off some of our early Spring babies, three and five-week old orphaned squirrel babies.  “I call it First Contact”, said AIDA’s Volunteer Coordinator Sandra Williams.  “It’s that moment when a person actually makes their first real connection with wildlife. It was amazing to watch 4 baby squirrels melt a room.”


Over 250 visitors were in attendance Saturday, and we were very P1030135RSglad to be a part of it.  We would like to thank Carolyn Volk and the Foothills Learning Center for making AIDA a part of this annual event.  We are always happy to share our passion for wildlife rehabilitation and our commitment to serve the wildlife in our community.

Award of Appreciation to AIDA’s Founders

Sisters Toni Hicks and Mady Rothchild, founders of “Animals In Distress Assn.” received an “Award of Appreciation” on Thursday evening, February 26, 2015 at the Idaho Fish and Game Dept.  Their dedication to the wildlife and their service to the community has spanned almost 3 decades.

2015-02-26 20.48.08  “I again thank you for your service to the Fish and Game Dept, the Wildlife and the public.”

Charlie Justus 

Regional Conservation Officer  Idaho Fish and Game