Avian Wildlife Center
146 Neilson Road
Wantage, NJ 07461
(973) 702-1957
e-mail: avianwildlife@aol.com
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A New Jersey Nonprofit Corporation


Aiding Birds in Trouble (click here)

Barn Owl - tyto alba

Barred Owl - stryx varia

Barred Owl

Kestrel or Sparrow Hawk
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These birds made a visit at the wine tasting in May. They'll be back later in the year

More info about Owls - click here

The Avian Wildlife Center, a New Jersey Nonprofit Corporation is a private, tax-exempt organization established to promote the welfare of New Jersey's avifauna through:
  • Rehabilitation and medical care of orphaned and injured wild birds
  • Information and advice about birds
  • Educational presentations for all ages
  • Field research

Board of Trustees:
Jane Armstrong, Ph.D.
Ruth Campo, M.D.
Giselle Chazotte Smisko
Daniel J. Graham
Suzzanne Mahoney
John F. Smisko

Education and Research Advisor: Joseph Mahoney, Ph.D.


The Avian Wildlife Center (AWC) is licensed by the State of New Jersey's Division of Fish, Game and Wildlife and the United States Fish and Wildlife Service to rehabilitate wild birds. Anyone finding an injured or orphaned bird should immediately contact the Center for assistance.

Professional care is available for birds brought to the AWC. First aid and medical treatments are given at the facility under the advice of veterinarians. Surgery and other complex procedures are handled at a veterinary hospital. Birds are housed at the AWC where appropriate diets, intensive care, physical therapy and flight aviaries are provided to ensure their recovery. Our goal is to release all healthy birds back to the wild.


Anyone having a question or problem concerning a wild bird is encouraged to contact the AWC. The Center can supply information on attracting birds, preventing problems for wildlife, conservation issues and other topics. In addition to answering questions over the phone, the AWC has written handouts on some of these concerns.


Schools, clubs and other interested groups can arrange to have a natural history presentation by the AWC naturalist. Programs are given to all ages and are designed to provide an educational and enjoyable talk for the audience. Some of the topics covered are:

  • Owls Watchers of the Night
  • Owl Pellet Laboratory
  • Hawks the Wind Masters
  • An Introduction to Birds of Prey
  • Avian Rehabilitation
  • Birds of the Backyard and Beyond

A living example of the birds highlighted in the lecture can accompany the speaker. Birds which can not be released due to injuries are trained for use in these programs.

To learn more about these presentations and others, phone the AWC at (973)702-1957.


To further scientific knowledge of our natural environment, the Avian Wildlife Center supports studies of native avian species and their habitats. Staff members conduct field projects which monitor nesting and migratory birds in the wild. Our work is coordinated with government environmental agencies, conservation groups and other nonprofit organizations to provide a broader scope of understanding.



If a baby bird has fallen from its nest, make every effort to return it to the nest. The parents will not reject it due to a human scent.

If the nestling is injured or you are unable to put it into the nest, keep it warm in a soft cloth in your hands and contact the AWC immediately. Phone: (973)702-1957.

Injured Adult Birds

Carefully pick up the bird so you do not hurt it or yourself. Placing a towel, fishing net or box over the whole bird may be a safer way to restrain some injured birds. Once captured, place it in a box with a towel on the bottom.

Never force liquids or food into the bird since this will stress it more. Phone the AWC as soon as possible.

It is illegal to keep wild birds in captivity if you are not licensed to do so. Federal and state laws prohibit this to protect all native species for their benefit as well as ours.

The Avian Wildlife Center, a New Jersey Nonprofit Corporation is privately operated. No fees are charged for rehabilitation services. Funding comes from donations and program honorariums. All donations are tax-deductible.