Volunteers are essential!

Volunteers are the lifeblood of Bird TLC. It is with their help and effort that we're able to do what we do.

Rehabilitation Volunteers

Bird TLC treats hundreds of wild birds each year in its Clinic – from chickadees, robins, owls, eagles, and ravens to so many others. Volunteers provide them with care and rehabilitation 7 days each week year-round in morning and afternoon shifts. This offers an unparalleled hands-on learning experience for anyone wanting to know more about the rehabilitation, feeding, and day-to-day care of sick and injured wild birds so they may be returned to the wild. Volunteers are asked to commit to at least one four hour shift each week. Special time commitments, such as every day in the summer, can be accommodated.

Education Presenters

Each year, trained Bird TLC Presenters bring live, non-releasable education birds to schools, special events and other locations in Anchorage and throughout Alaska, to teach people about Alaskan birds. You will be trained to handle a live bird on the fist and answer questions about Bird TLC as well as wild birds in Alaska. Educators make a minimum commitment of twelve presentations a year.


Each spring and summer orphaned baby birds are brought to the Clinic for care and feeding with the goal of releasing them to live on their own. Take a one day course on how to care for baby birds, and you can be a baby bird foster parent. Foster parents feed and care for the babies until they are ready to fledge. Caution! This job will involve night time feeding and consistent care. Baby bird responsibilities last from 2 to 6 weeks.


Volunteers are needed on occasion to rescue and/or transport birds sent from around the state to the Clinic and other Bird TLC environs. Because timing may be essential to the survival of some of these birds, those who volunteer for this valuable service can know they are part of a team dedicated to helping our birds survive and fly free!

Volunteer requirements

  • Volunteers must be at least 18 years old, or 16 with a parent or guardian present.
  • Volunteers must provide proof of current tetanus vaccination.
  • Volunteer rescuers and transporters must provide proof of auto insurance.


For more information, or to get started volunteering at Bird TLC, stop by the clinic to speak with Avian Rehabilitation Coordinator Amy Kilshaw. Thanks!