Being the forefront of wildlife care, we are Alabama’s oldest & largest wildlife rehabilitation center

Alabama Wildlife Center is a proud 501(c) nonprofit organization, driven by a dual mission:

Provide medical & rehabilitative care for Alabama’s injured and orphaned native wild birds

Educate people to heighten awareness & appreciation of Alabama’s native wildlife

The Story of AWC

Our Beginning…

Alabama Wildlife Center was founded by Anne Miller in 1977. What started as a small, all-volunteer, and home-based organization has grown into Alabama’s largest wildlife rehabilitation center.

Since AWC’s inception…

Over 50,000 native Alabama wild animals have been helped.

Alabama Wildlife Center receives more than 2,000 injured & orphaned native birds from over 100 species annually.

From there…

In 1980, AWC officially became incorporated in Alabama as a nonprofit organization. In 1981, AWC qualified as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit.

AWC provided care for a variety of animals ranging from mammals (foxes, deer, bats, & more) to reptiles (turtles & alligators), and various raptors to songbirds.

In 1987

Alabama Wildlife Center moved to its new home in Oak Mountain State Park.

Although being located within Oak Mountain State Park, the AWC operates independently and is not part of the state park system.

Here and now…

Due to the increasing impacts on wild bird species populations. AWC has dedicated their efforts strictly to helping Alabama’s native wild birds.

AWC is one out of three facilities in Alabama that holds a license to care for federally-protected and migratory bird species.

Our Services

Wildlife Helpline

AWC’s Wildlife Help Line provides free advice and information on how to deal with all kinds of wildlife problems and emergencies. It has been in continuous operation 365 days a year since 1981 and receives thousands of calls each year.

Education Programs

Our Educational Programs aim to help educate the public on Alabama’s native wild birds and AWC’s role in wildlife conservation. AWC performs over 500 educational programs each year – connecting people to nature & promoting conservation for wildlife and the natural world.

Rehabilitation Clinic

Nearly 2,000 wild bird patients from over 100 species are cared for annually – including raptors, songbirds, and waterfowl. While in our care, we use special techniques tailored to the needs of each patient so that they can recover and return to the wild.