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Learn Bird Care

Learn to care for wild birds

Join us on an adventure of learning!

Rescue   Rehabilitate   Release

Learn Bird Care is a training organisation dedicated to upskilling people to capture, handle, rehabilitate and release sick, injured or abandoned birds. We offer face-to-face workshops and online training, including a free introductory course in wild bird rehabilitation. We have been delivering our short courses and workshops in New Zealand since 2014 and went global with our online courses in 2018.  We continuously improve and expand our courses to meet your needs.

Do you want help sick, abandoned or injured wild birds, but are not sure how to help, what you are capable of, or what is involved? Our courses are designed to give you the core information and resources you need to be able to help care for birds. Our free Introductory Course is specifically for people who know only a little about wild bird rescue and care but are interested to know more:  Why do people rehabilitate wildlife? Is it worthwhile? What equipment and resources do you need? Will the birds make it back to full health? After participating in this course, you may decide that wild bird rescue is not for you, or you might be so inspired that you can’t wait to know more!  Our paid courses are a big step up and are designed to give you all the tools and information you need to help any bird in need, including sick pet or aviary birds as the principles and techniques are the same!

We invite you to join us on a journey of learning and gain insight into the wonderful world of bird care! If you want to stay in touch, please join our mailing list, send us an email or follow our blog.


What we offer

We offer both face-to-face workshops and online courses

Face-to-Face Learning

Our workshops are usually run on a request basis, and are hosted by other organisations.

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About us

Dr Lynn Miller and Michel Beland


Lynn Miller CWR PhD began life in New Zealand surrounded by animals: cats, dogs, chickens, horses, budgies, etc. However, her passion for wildlife and conservation led her to move overseas to pursue studies in England. She continued Conservation Biology and Environmental Toxicology studies in Canada and the USA. Wildlife rehabilitation just happened, and now she is considered one of the ‘oldies’ in this field, working in Quebec by founding Le Nichoir and working in the USA in facilities in Massachusetts and Florida, as well as many deployments to disasters.
Working with the International Wildlife Rehabilitation Council (IWRC), she undertook teaching stints in Canada, the USA, Mexico, Europe, the UK and Africa, as well as developing several courses and training units. And now, she is back in NZ, initially employed as the General Manager of BirdCare Aotearoa. Lynn has been able to learn from world leaders in wildlife rehabilitation over the past 40+ years, develop and modify practices, and embrace new technologies and materials to bring creative ways rehabilitators can care for their patients. Now, she is focusing on her passion: education.  She is looking forward to sharing so much and learning from you all. Together, we can pursue greater professionalism to support those in need, no matter the species, issue or location, with online pre-recorded and live online classes.
Michel Beland is retiring from IBM and tackling the administration challenges for WildWays Limited. If you know Lynn, you know his work is cut out for him! French Canadian by birth, he has travelled widely and will soon be calling NZ home. He is very skilled in keeping things organised and troubleshooting computer issues.

The founders of Learn Bird Care, Mandy Robertson and Dr Janelle Ward, sold the business to Lynn and Michel in June 2023. Although Janelle and Mandy have moved on to new adventures, they still keep in touch.


How we give back

Learn Bird Care actively supports our community by:


Offering free and reasonably priced courses so that anyone can learn the essentials of bird care.

Contributing to workshop hosts by donation of time, resources and/or a percentage of proceeds.

Sharing knowledge and/or resources with "fledgling" rehabilitators.


What People are Saying

Great job!

Super informative for any newbies wanting to know what is involved. Beautifully put together.

Just trialled the course and I think it provides wonderful, useful content for people interested in wildlife rehabilitation.

Great stuff!

Great little introduction to be able to consider the full responsibilities and commitment needed to be able to become a wild bird rehabilitator. 

Kylie Martin

Sabrina Luecht

Cheryl Mitchell

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