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Hello to our 2020 Season Volunteers.

Well I have to say it was one crazy busy season. COVID played a big 

role in the numbers we were intaking this season.

In the beginning to middle of the season we were receiving an average of 250 birds each week.

We really appreciate all of you jumping into the fire with us…..figuring things out and just plain helping wherever we needed it.

We very much appreciate the dedication and devotion you give to this center….

Thank you so much for all the frozen berry and veggie donations!!! We are always in great need for frozen berries April through August each year!!!

Once again we wouldn’t survive without the help from our volunteers.

We appreciate your commitment in helping us and the birds through the entire season!!!

I hope to see you next season.

Thank you so much for caring about the birds! 

Stay safe, be well and have a wonderful rest of your summer!!

Jennifer Rockwell Director

Susan Dumeyer Assistant Director

Spring Baby Shower

HELP RUTH MELICHAR BIRD CENTER GET READY FOR SPRING BABIES! You can support our mission for Idaho’s injured/orphaned wild birds by Dropping into ‘Wild Birds Unlimited’ all day Saturday, March 14th,
A big thank you to Julie, owner/operator of Wild Birds Unlimited, 10480 Overland Rd.
Her absolutely adorable graphic and clever idea of having a ‘Baby Shower’ to help our avian facility, the Ruth Melichar Bird Center get a head start on its upcoming baby season is deeply appreciated.


We wish you all a wonderful Holiday Season and Peace for all sentient beings in 2020

AIDA aids 6 immigrant Opossums rescued in Idaho. The mother and 4 siblings were killed by a car, and the surviving infants were raised and released last fall in western Washington

Opossums – Weaning
Opossums – Prior to Release

On the first Earth Day, in 1970, a cartoon poster appeared at rallies in all 50 states. It showed a rueful (Pogo) opossum picking up papers, bottles, cans, wrappers—the detritus of modern life. Superimposed on the image were the words.

That poster has stayed in print for more than four decades and remains as pertinent now as on the day it was created by Walt Kelly. At his zenith, from about 1950 to 1970, Kelly was the most popular cartoonist in America. 


For the second consecutive year, AIDA’s good friend, Leslie Jacobs, has honored us with a post on Facebook requesting donations for her birthday be made to Animals In Distress.  This year we received her amazing gift of $336.00.  What wonderful friends she must have gracing her with so much love.  
Thank you once again, Leslie,  for your generosity.

Thank you once again, Leslie,  for your generosity.


Animals In Distress Assn. and the Ruth Melichar Bird Center want to sincerely thank all of their supporters during our Idaho Gives Campaign as well as those friends who have given for so many years, some monthly and others occasionally. Without the help of our financial supporters and those who help us physically by volunteering at The Ruth Melichar Bird Center, caring for orphaned squirrels, picking up and delivering injured birds and mammals, (and the list goes on and on), we wouldn’t be able to continue caring for Idaho’s wildlife.