Duckville Is Overflowing!

Dear Volunteers,
The Ruth Melichar Bird Center has received 350 ducklings within a 2-week period. This is unprecedented!

DUCKVILLE IS OVERFLOWING! We are in need of committed Volunteers to help care for these little orphans.

Duckville Volunteers Needed for any of the following shifts:
Morning Shift: Mondays
Morning Shift: Tuesdays
Morning Shift: Wednesdays
Evening Shift: Thursdays

Call Jennifer to get on the schedule now.
Questions? For more details please contact:
Jennifer Rockwell at: 208/571-3555 or jenniferrockwell8@gmail.com

Any help would be appreciated. Thank you for being there for the wildlife in our community.

Huge Thank You – Successful IDAHO GIVES day!

A Huge THANK YOU to everyone that participated in IDAHO GIVES yesterday.  We are thrilled to say that you donated $7910 to the animals!  Thank you so much for your kindness and generosity.

Here are some thoughtful comments from our generous donors:

I know how hard they work. I’ve seen them in action.
Do it for the birds!
Thank you for all you do in our community with animal rescue.
I appreciate all that Animals In Distress does to help injured, sick, and lost animals.
I’m proud of the tremendous work AIDA does with such a small budget. The animals and people who love them thank you!
Appreciate your helping our local wildlife that make Boise a special place to live.
An amazing organization with such kind people taking care of the most vulnerable animals. Thanks for all you do!
I had to take 10 abandoned ducklings to you yesterday 5/3/17. I cried on my way there as I’ve never had to surrender an animal, but you all made me know I did the right thing. Thank you so much for all you do! I will continue to donate as often as I can.
Thank you for all your hard work.
With gratitude.
Thanks for all your hard work.
RedBuilt is happy to match our employee contributions.
Thanks for your dedication!
I think that it’s great there are people who help our wildlife, always makes me feel good when you do!
Thank you for everything you do!!
What a great service you provide! I’ve used your services a couple of times over the past few years and you were great to work with. Thank you for being there!
Thank-you for your dedication to injured birds.
In appreciation of all the work the volunteers do. You GO MADY!
I love this program!
The individuals caring for injured, mistreated and abandoned animals willingly and generously give of their time each day with care and humility. I am proud to know some of these individuals who understand the needs of the wild animals they support.
Ruth Melichar was my aunt, a very special lady. This gift is in remembrance of her.
I love animals!
Thank you for your selfless work on behalf of Idaho’s wild animals.

Great Horned Owl Babies

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After a couple days of feeding, this healthy guy was re-nested with another family group.
A not so good Mother’s Day for two pre-fledgling Great Horned Owlets!

Two Great Horned Owlets came into us on May 8th.   One of them was very thin and had a deep puncture wound in the side of his head and ear area which was infested with maggots.  They had already started feeding on the live tissue.  Unfortunately, this little guy had to be euthanized, but its sibling was re-nested with another family group.

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Sadly, this little guy was too far gone to save.

RMBC Gets A Fresh Look – Before & After Photos

Before photos of our avian facility, the Ruth Melichar Bird Center

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North Side of Main Building
Entrance to Inner Duckville
Entrance to Inner Duckville
East Side of Main Building
East Side of Main Building – Old Wood
 West End of Aviaries - Old Wood
West End of Aviaries – Old Wood
Vern's* Duckville sign has seen better days and Vern decided to retire it. We are a bit saddened at the prospect as it was one of our first signs, and it holds a place deep in our hearts as it has been on Duckville since the early 2000's. *Vern Buchta is our 'GO-TO GUY' and has single-handedly repaired, rebuilt, realigned, retrenched, rewired, reconstructed, replumbed, rescreened, reconfigured practically everything on the premises. Vern has spent his own time and money working his tail off since early 2000. Vern, a million thanks to you always! We couldn’t exist without you.
Vern’s Duckville Sign since the early 2000’s

Vern’s* Duckville sign has seen better days and Vern decided to retire it.  We are a bit saddened at the prospect as it was one of our first signs, and it holds a place deep in our hearts as it has been on Duckville since the early 2000’s.

*Vern Buchta is our ‘GO-TO GUY’ and has single-handedly repaired, rebuilt, realigned, retrenched, rewired, reconstructed, replumbed, rescreened, reconfigured practically everything on the premises.  Vern has spent his own time and money working his tail off since early 2000. Vern, a million thanks to you always! We couldn’t exist without you.

AFTER photos of RMBC with New Siding & Paint ‏

Front New Siding/Paint Late Fall 2015
Main Entrance into Center – Front New Siding/Paint Late Fall 2015
West End Inner Duckville Completed
West End Inner Duckville Completed
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North View of Main Building
We moved into this barn in 2000.  It was built in 1910 and remodeled in 1999.  The years and weather had taken its toll on the tongue & groove 10″ cedar siding over the past 100 plus years and finally the repairs weren’t worth doing anymore.  In the late summer and early/late fall of 2015, we were able to have  all of the buildings re-sided with Hardie-board and repainted.  Hardie-board is a cement based siding which is excellent for repelling insects, fire-proof and will outlast most of us.  Thank you to the MBF for a much needed grant which made our ‘new sleek look’ possible.

Ruth Melichar Bird Center – Boise, Idaho