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Support Winter Bird Care at MSU’s Kellogg Bird Sanctuary

Located off-campus in southwest Michigan, W.K. Kellogg donated the Kellogg Bird Sanctuary to MSU in 1928 as a refuge for migratory birds. Today, it remains an important stop for migrating birds. Additionally, the Sanctuary provides a restorative home and a safe haven for injured waterfowl and raptors.

X-ray of Solstice the swan's wingThe Sanctuary is one of the ONLY places where permanently injured waterfowl can have a lifelong home, including a Tundra Swan we named Solstice that arrived at the Sanctuary in 2016 from the MSU Vet Clinic. The swan had been found in Clinton County unable to fly because of a single, large size steel shot pellet in the right shoulder. She was most likely illegally shot and will never be able to fly again. But thanks to the Sanctuary, she has been given a safe and secure lifelong home.

Help Care For Birds Like Solstice

Our number one goal is to provide the upmost attention for the birds in our care and the addition of aerators in our Diving Pond exhibit will help us reach that goal.

In Michigan’s cold winters, up to ten inches of ice may form on Wintergreen Lake. To provide the waterfowl with open water, aerators were installed along the shore to allow ice-free areas, a daily essential for waterfowl. Currently, with there are no aerators in place within the Diver Pond where injured waterfowl like Solstice are placed. Sanctuary staff must chip the ice daily, creating open water for the birds to bathe and preen safely in the winter. Installing aerators will create a consistent and clean source of open water. 

Solstice and other waterfowl are among the residents at the Kellogg Bird SanctuaryBy donating to this campaign you are supporting the mission of the Sanctuary, improving the habitat for birds in our care like Solstice, and enhancing a visit to the Sanctuary for the general public, school groups and lifelong learners.

Your Support Will Make a Big Impact

The funds raised will be used to install aerators in our Diver Pond exhibit pond. Once complete, we will have open water areas in the pond allowing all of the waterfowl to safely bathe in winter! 100% of the funds will be used directly for this installation project. If additional funds are raised those funds will be allocated for future bird care improvement projects.

Praise For the Kellogg Bird Sanctuary

“The Kellogg Bird Sanctuary is a "must see"….To be able to see so many of these magnificent, giant birds is truly amazing when you consider that they were almost extinct in the U.S. before being rescued by the Sanctuary. There are also many other water birds and a raptor exhibit that includes two young Bald Eagles.”

Don Clark
Sanctuary visitor

“The MSU Veterinary Teaching Hospital works with and appreciates the Kellogg Bird Sanctuary’s willingness to take permanently injured or recuperating swans after they are treated at our hospital. The MSU Vet Clinic’s Wildlife Care Program has been working with the Sanctuary for over 40 years. It is the only place I know where ponds are kept open during the winter injured waterfowl unable to migrate can safely spend the winter, while contributing to the Sanctuary’s excellent program of education and recreational viewing of these magnificent birds. It is important to continue helping waterfowl thru the winter and an additional aerator to create a greater area of open water so that birds are not too concentrated would be a great way to help provide a safe winter environment for these birds.”

James Sikarskie, DVM, MS, DACZM
MSU College of Veterinary Medicine, Associate Professor
Small Animal Clinical Sciences

 “This internship provided me with much more than just an opportunity to work with animals, but a place where I could grow as a professional. I obtained unique knowledge about animals that has made me confident with my future animal involvements. The Kellogg Bird Sanctuary has made me a more rounded person and I am very grateful for all of the staff that has helped me along the way!”

Olivia Lefere
MSU Student Intern at the Kellogg Bird Sanctuary
College of Natural Science, Zoology Major

Make a Gift by Mail:

University Advancement
Spartan Way
535 Chestnut Road, Room 300
East Lansing, MI 48824

*Make check payable to Michigan State University and write “Appeal 18OOPCF1KBSWINT” in the note section.

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