Avian Haven in Freedom is a wonderful place, especially for birds. This nonprofit wild bird rehabilitation center works hard to help injured an orphaned birds and return to the wild. Co-directors Diane Winn and Marc Payne, with some dedicated employees and volunteers, can be considered a bird’s best friends.
Their latest newsletter is a treasure of information, both entertaining and inspiring. You can read it here.
I first became acquainted with Avian Haven when a loon, dying from lead poisoning, was discovered in the cove behind our Mount Vernon home years ago. I helped rescue the loon and deliver it to Avian Haven, but sadly, they were unable to save the loon’s life. That inspired me to help ban lead sinkers at the legislature the following year.
I was particularly disappointed to learn that another Mount Vernon loon died of lead poisoning in 2016. Here is that story from the newsletter.