Our Story

Bird Ally X is a nonprofit organization of wildlife caregivers dedicated to wildlife rescue, rehabilitation, education and advocacy.

The organization was formed by experienced rehabilitators seeing a need to to share quality information as well as provide direct aid to individual wild animals in trouble.

Board of Directors

Facilitator:  Shannon Riggs, D.V.M.

Recorder:    Vann Masvidal

Treasurer:   Marie Travers

January Bill

Laura Corsiglia

Andrea Garcia

Monte Merrick

Lisken Rossi

Mission Statement

Bird Ally X is a collective of wildlife care-providers committed to raising the standard of care available for sick or injured aquatic birds and other wild animals.

Bird Ally X works to help wild birds and other animals in their efforts to survive the hazards of civilization through:

  • the direct action of caring for wild birds and other wild animals in distress
  • supporting other rehabilitation groups through workshops and consultation
  • generation and proliferation of educational and informational materials and literature, for our colleagues and our neighbors.


Bird Ally X will build, strengthen and further develop the resources available to ensure that excellent care is provided by working with colleagues in wildlife rehabilitation to maintain an environment of mutual aid and benefit.

In all efforts, Bird Ally X is committed to continually elevating the quality of available care and providing uncompromising advocacy on behalf of wild birds and other wild animals.

helping wild animals in trouble…

Bird Ally X operates the Humboldt Wildlife Care Center, a wildlife rehabilitation facility serving the northwest corner of California. HWCC, founded in 1979, began as a network serving the region. HWCC started working with BAX in 2011 and the two organizations officially merged in 2014.

At our center, we admit injured wild animals and provide quality treatment to over 1000 wild animal patients a year, with the goal of releasing them back to the wild.

We also help resolve conflicts between people and wildlife, [such as raccoons nesting inside houses and other situations] with our Humane Solutions Team.

BAX has the expertise to help wildlife affected by oil spills and other emergencies, and is part of the Oiled Wildlife Care Network.

…and the people who provide care for them

Professional development

Sharing professional knowledge about wildlife care is an important part of our mission.

We publish books and other reference literature for our colleagues and neighbors.

We offer workshops and consultations for rehabilitators, as well as internships.

Public education

Our Wildlife Education Team brings presentations to schools and community groups throughout the area.

We advocate for wild animals, addressing issues and public policy from a rehabilitation perspective.