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Cordelia's Story

Stanwood Museum:
Before Restoration

Stanwood Museum:
After Restoration

The Fire


Sanctuary Nature Trails

Richmond Nature Center

To Help:
Volunteer and Support

En Memorium:
A Tradition of Giving for Perpetuity

Woodland Gardens


Non-Releasable Owls and Hawks,
Educational Owl Programs

Barred Owl Enclosure
  Birdsacre has also become a home to permanently injured birds that are unable to survive in the wild. Several enclosures nestled in the shade amongst the trees about Cordie’s house museum are homes to these non-releasable birds that enjoy the care and quiet here.

Short Eared Owl Enclosure

A few, special residents help educate the community about the unique and amazing qualities of their species, and the importance to respect and preserve nature, in owl programs provided at Birdsacre, schools, and events upon request.
  Learn the differences between the powerful Great Horned Owl and the dark-eyed Barred Owl. Be surprised by the diminutive size of the adult Saw-Whet Owl. Come and quietly gaze upon the various types of Hawks living in shelters about the orchard, but please be respectful and quiet while visiting their home.

Twin Enclosures

Orphaned baby and surrogate mother
Great Horned Owls

Red Shouldered Hawk


Releasing a rehabilitated Great Horned Owl back to the wild.

Lady Red-Tail Hawk

When dealing with Bird or Animal Rescue it is vital to know IF a creature is in need of rescue. As the saying goes, “Good intentions pave the way to hell,” and good people often bring in creatures, especially babies, that should have stayed in the wild.

If you encounter a situation with a baby, wait… to see if a parent returns to feed it.

If a bird is unable to flutter its wings, its wings are drooping unevenly, it is weak, bleeding or shivering, contact a wildlife rehabilitator in your area by calling the Humane Society, or US Fish and Wildlife Service. If it is necessary to secure it, put on heavy gloves and using a blanket, place it in a small box with paper towels to cushion it. Keep the bird warm and in a dark place, but do not try to feed it, unless you are sure of what the baby eats.

In encountering a baby bird always try to keep it with its parents, either by placing it back in its nest, or in a fallen or substitute nest (made from a berry basket or margarine tub – line with dry, not damp, pine needles or grass) in the same or a substitute tree, and watch from a distance to see if the parent returns. Birds cannot smell human scent, and will reaccept their offspring. If parents, or foster parents (which may readily adopt) cannot be found, call a wildlife rehabilitator. Remember nature belongs in nature.



Contact info:
Stanwood Wildlife Sanctuary
P.O. Box 485
Ellsworth, Me. 04605
e-mail: Birdsacre@hotmail.com