The Ruth Melichar Bird Center has a new Amazon Wish List and we are in need of supplies to help us take care of THOUSANDS of injured and orphaned birds this year.
Amazon makes it easy to donate. Simply add an item from the list to your cart, then include your name and email address in the personalized message box during checkout. We will email you a photo of your donation in use. A donation makes a great Mother’s Day or birthday gift for a wildlife lover! Many items are under $10 and will make a big difference to our patients! 🐥🦆🦉
Thank you for helping us save wild birds!
AIDA’s WISH LIST FOR MAMMALS and BIRDS BASIC NEEDS
If you would like to make a special donation: Contact Mady Rothchild at: 208/344-0468 or Toni Bastida at: 208/345-0559
OUR WISH LIST AND OUR NEEDS LIST APPEAR ONE IN THE SAME. IN REALITY, IT IS ALL ‘NEEDED’.
THE CAGING/HOUSING SECTION AND CONSTRUCTION/ CARPENTRY HELP IS THE ONLY ‘REAL WISH’ AT THIS TIME.
BUILDING MATERIALS ENABLE US TO ERECT NEW AVIARIES AND ENCLOSURES FOR MAMMALS, BOTH AT THE REHAB SITE AND THE RELEASE SITE. IT TAKES A COMMUNITY. ONE PIECE OF BUILDING MATERIAL DONATED BY A NUMBER OF PEOPLE CAN BECOME A HOME FOR AN INJURED OR ORPHANED ANIMAL. NO GIFT IS TOO SMALL.
WE APPRECIATE YOU VISITING OUR WEBSITE AND AIDA THANKS YOU FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION TO HELP IDAHO WILDLIFE IN NEED.
CAGING AND HOUSING
Hardware Cloth (galvanized welded wire) minimum width of 3-4 ft. (4′ preferred, 6′ even better) with lengths of 25, 50 or 100 feet. The welded square openings are ½ inch x ½ inch ( ¼ inch will do also). Nothing larger. (Home Depot & Lowe’s)
Chain link panels (minimum of 6’ in height and any length) or collapsible dog runs. We can connect several panels for mammal enclosures.
Landscaping stone, pavers, brick, etc.
Corrugated plastic roof panels for aviaries (approx. $30+ each, available Home Depot, Lowe’s) Must have good light transition and be UV resistant. Contact us for details.
PEOPLE SKILLS ALWAYS NEEDED (Both professional and handyman)
Landscape, Sprinkler and Drip line
Carpentry (indoor and outdoor)
Painting and necessary prep work
Someone to sharpen our knives 2-3 times Apr – Sep
Aviary misters checked for upcoming season and repaired in areas needed (we’ll provide parts)
Repair on interior cement floors
Landscape trimming, clean up and hauling debris to recycling centers
BIRD CENTER NEEDS
Gift Cards – We often utilize Gift Cards to various stores and they are a Godsend as it allows us to purchase as needed rather than have too much of one item and none of another. Some examples of our needs are: Bird seeds/grains, Fish, blood worms, mealworms, grubs, crickets, dried fly larvae, mosquito larvae, etc., Gift cards would be appreciated from any of the following stores.
Home Depot Lowe’s
Petco PetSmart D&B Supply Zamzow’s
Bird House & Habitat Wild Bird’s Unlimited
Turner’s Sports Fair Cabela’s
Food – Our food needs change as the seasons change. Different food needs by different species dependent upon early, mid or late season birds.
Fresh fruits and vegetables –
Fresh berries of any sort, apples, apricots, cherries, plums, peaches, grapes, watermelon, any lettuce other than iceberg (leaf lettuces are vital for our waterfowl)
Frozen fruit and vegetables –
Carrots, peas, broccoli, corn, spinach. Mixed berries, strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, huckleberries, etc.
Canned fruits in natural juice only or very light syrup –
Pears, peaches, apricots, sour cherries (a favorite of Robins)
Seed and Grains – all items below can be found at either Petco, PetSmart, D&B, specialty bird stores or Zamzow’s.
Chick starter (non-medicated)
Dove/Quail mix (Bird House & Habitat only)
High and mediocre quality bird seed mix
Black oiled sunflower seeds
Hulled sunflower seeds
Thistle aka Niger seed
Millet sprays (can also be found online)
Mazuri brand food for waterfowl available through D&B only and must be ordered. It is spendy ($$). Mazuri Maintenance for our adults and Mazuri Growth for our immature waterfowl and wood ducks in particular.
Cleaning Supplies –
Laundry detergent (powdered) Dryer Sheets (unscented or Costco’s Kirkland brand)
Clorox (original scent)
Industrial strength spray bottles (we never have too many)
Brooms (regular, not push brooms) Dustpans
Trash bags (indoor 13 gallon) Heavy duty bags (33, 43 and/or 55 gallon)
Pine Sol or Mr. Clean
Kitchen scrub brushes
Zip-Loc or comparable baggies (quart and gallon size)
Dawn dishwashing liquid used for grease and oil removal on feathers. (ORIGINAL BLUE not anti-bacterial)
Other necessary bird center needs –
Kleenex, lots and lots (used for hatchling/nestling birds)
100 or 60, 75 watt incandescent light bulbs you may have around and aren’t going to be using anymore.
Incandescent tube lighting, must be full-spectrum light for the birds…different sizes needed, please contact us for more information
Cement mixing tubs (4’ long, black rubber or heavy duty plastic)
Kiddie pools, must be sturdy plastic or rubber. The bigger the better.
Cat litter pans (all depths and sizes, no tops, please)
5 gallon water heater for our specialty bird room
Mini refrigerator for specialty bird room
Gooseneck lamps with regular socket for incandescent bulbs (desk top size) No halogen or high intensity type, please.
Tools and Equipment –
Shovels, pruners (both hand and long handled loppers), limb saw, pole saw, pliers, wire cutters, screwdrivers (phillips and straight), hammers, wrenches, any electric drills and/or chain saws. Pitch forks, spading forks. Staple guns.
Office Supplies –
Post-it notes (any and all sizes)
Sharpies and regular felt tip markers in blue, black and red
Ball point pens
Legal and letter size envelopes (security envelope preferred, but not necessary) Available at most dollar stores.
Dry erase pointed tip pens (red, blue, green and black)
Heavy ‘Scotch-Tape’ C-38 Desk Dispensers for countertop.
As mammals are still cared for in individual rehabilitator’s homes; compared to our bird center, mammal needs are different and not nearly as extensive; yet more expensive in many ways.
Specialized powdered formulas – 5 lb. or larger. Cannot be purchased locally in that size, which is much more economical. Each season, we utilize at least 100 pounds of powdered milk replacers for different species. One 5 lb container of formula is a little over $80 (YIKES!) and dependent upon the number of orphans at the time, 5 lbs may last 4-5 days if we’re lucky. These formulas are ordered from a few different places, so if you can help in this area, please contact Mady 208/344-0468 for more info.
Vitamins/Mineral Supplements – These products are ordered out of state also, call Mady 208/344-0468 for more info.
Fresh fruit/vegetables – in season apples, grapes, spinach, sweet potatoes, carrots, carrot greens, plums, prunes, peaches, apricots, blueberries, blackberries, strawberries, etc.
Meat/Poultry/Fish- fresh or frozen (not freezer burned, breaded, stuffed, etc.)
Raw beef, chicken, turkey, other fowl (whole or parts), fish (smaller preferred, no salmon unless quite fresh or fresh frozen) NO PORK
Your unused grass, timothy or alfalfa hay (no straw) Moldy hay is used for outdoor pens and edible hay is used for our cottontails in rehab
Nuts, Nuts, Nuts – Shelled and/or unshelled
Roasted unsalted peanuts
English or Black Walnuts
Gray or black stripe sunflower seeds
Other various and assorted nuts in the shell can be used on occasion
Mealworms – For Bats
We order our mealworms online for both bats and our bird center. A Petco gift card would be a wonderful gift for this item. We need about 50,000 mealworms to get by, but we could easily use two to three times that many each season.
Large 4 foot rubber or heavy duty plastic cement mixing tubs – water containers for various mammals in rehab.
Large dog kennels – Cocker spaniel size or larger (e.g. heavy plastic with gridded metal doors)
Newborn Baby blankets – flannel or fleece – any pillowcase size or larger pieces of flannel or fleece.
Heating Pads – either old ones or new ones without automatic shut-off. Also, outdoor pig farrowing heating pads or similar are very useful in the winter.
All donations (in-kind or cash) are tax deductible. AIDA is a 501 [c] (3) corporation.