Category Archives: Ruth Melichar Bird Center

Western Screech Owl

This Western Screech Owl was found in the middle of 8th St. near Foothills Learning Center. Other than appearing a bit stunned, this lucky owl had no injuries and after 24 hours and a flight test; it was released back in the area it was found. It immediately flew and landed on this large tree so it could give it’s rescuer/releaser, ‘the ol’ stink eye’. We are so happy this story had a happy ending!

‘FIRST STUDENT HELPING HANDS’ helps us help wildlife!

‘FIRST STUDENT HELPING HANDS’ helps us help wildlife!

Jennifer Rockwell [right], director of the Ruth Melichar Bird Center, accepts a donation of $430 from Penny Dickson on behalf of herself and all the drivers for First Student Helping Hands. Penny and her co-workers are the people ‘keeping our kids safe to and from school’.

AIDA is so grateful to have been the chosen beneficiary of their kindness and obvious concern for Idaho’s injured and orphaned wildlife.

Thank you First Student Helping Hands, your generosity is deeply appreciated for our soon to be, busy baby season.

Ring-necked Duck

This male Ring-necked Duck was hit by a car in Canyon County and found stuck in the grill.
Mr Miracle managed to survive the collision with no fractures, only pelvic bruising. He is in good flesh and will be watched and kept until ready for release, which will be sooner than later due his amazing survival skills. Many of his species are seen around Boise and the valley in the winter months.

Happy Holidays to You and Yours

We couldn’t do this without you!

Our Merriest of Merry Christmas wishes

To you and yours this Holiday Season!

This orphaned Coot was found in pretty bad shape as a hatchling. Its prognosis was poor, but with the excellent care by Susan and Jennifer and the rest of our bird center staff; this little guy flourished and was released. (see coot video on this site)


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

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