AVIAN WILDLIFE CENTER a New Jersey Non Profit Corporation

Dedicated to the conservation of wild birds

aka Avian Wildlife Center   |   Wantage, NJ   |  www.avianwildlifecenter.org

Mission

Recognizing the importance of conserving our native avian populations the Avian Wildlife Center was established to:
-Provide care and rehabilitation of injured and orphaned wild birds with the goal of returning them healthy to the wild.
-Promote a better public understanding and appreciation of wild birds through educational programs and literature, and by providing a source of information to better connect people to the natural world.
-Further scientific knowledge of the natural environment and work toward reducing negative human impact on wildlife through conducting and supporting field research.

Notes from the nonprofit

New Jersey Licensed Wildlife Rehabilitator

Ruling year info

1995

Principal Officer

Mrs. Giselle Chazotte Smisko

Co Principal Officer

Allison Orsi

Main address

146 Neilson Rd

Wantage, NJ 07461 USA

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EIN

22-3324048

NTEE code info

Wildlife Preservation/Protection (D30)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

New Jersey is a densely populated state. At the same time it provides habitats for a variety of birds species. The combination can result in many hazards for the birds. In northern New Jersey there are only two licensed rehabilitation centers to handle the thousands of calls about injured birds—the Avian Wildlife Center is one.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Wild Bird Rehabilitation

The Center admits an average of 800 wild birds each year in need of care and treatment with the goal of returning them healthy to the wild. Proper diets, caging, first aid, and veterinary care are provided. Birds are primarily rescued from New Jersey, but the Center fields calls from all over the United States and some other countries.

Population(s) Served
Adults

The Avian Wildlife Center provides presentations, displays, literature, phone helpline, and online information regarding wild birds, their ecology, and conservation.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Children and youth

Where we work

Awards

Animal Hall of Fame 2016

New Jersey Veterinary Medical Association

Women & Wildlife Award 2019

Conserve Wildlife: Foundation of New Jersey

Conservation Medal 2019

The National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution's Chinkchewunska Chapter

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of animals rehabilitated

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Wild Bird Rehabilitation

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Our Sustainable Development Goals

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

The Avian Wildlife Center aims to treat all species of injured and orphaned wild birds with the goal of returning them healthy to the wild. The Center also aims to offer educational programs to all ages, to provide an information resource, and to work on conservation projects and field research to better protect our native species.

The Avian Wildlife Center offers medical and supportive care for birds people find. We are licensed by state and
federal wildlife agencies and have 40 years of experience in the field. Calls are answered seven days a week, and
the center is open for longer hours daily than most to respond to emergency situations. Our availability translates
into receiving calls from all over New Jersey and often from other states. Hundreds of birds are brought for care
annually to the Avian Wildlife Center.

The Center answers calls 365 days a year from the public, police, businesses, government agencies, and others
regarding wildlife. We provide rescue and rehabilitation services for all species of wild birds that are found injured
and in need of care with the goal of returning them healthy to the wild. To reduce conflicts with wildlife and people,
we answer questions and offer advice on resolving problems. Our goal is to increase awareness of and
appreciation for the value of wildlife. In turn, people and wildlife will benefit.

In 2020, the Avian Wildlife Center admitted and treated 1,098 birds and answered approximately 10,000 phone calls from all over the world. Over the 30 years that AWC has been in operation, the need for our rehabilitation services has increased along with the budget to operate. Funding is primarily through public donations for our 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization. With the increase in calls and resulting increase in birds housed during rehabilitation, the need for expansion of our facility is a priority. The enclosures are critical in the rehabilitation process. We are currently planning to build new outdoor aviaries and a new barn to house injured birds in need of rehabilitation.

Financials

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AVIAN WILDLIFE CENTER a New Jersey Non Profit Corporation

Board of directors
as of 02/28/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Giselle Smisko

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John Smisko

Jane Armstrong

Ruth Campo

Allison Orsi

Kate Besbris

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 1/19/2022

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female

Race & ethnicity

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Gender identity

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Sexual orientation

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Disability

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