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The response has been overwhelming, with dozens of local craft-loving volunteers having so far donated more than a thousand to accommodate the roughly 1,200 baby birds the center expects to take in this year to be raised and eventually released back into the wild.
For 89-year-old Dinka Velcich, one of the volunteer nest-builders, using her time to help out the orphaned chicks took no convincing at all.
"It's my hobby," she says. "I love animals, and I love birds. I can't work in the yard anymore because I have arthritis, but I can do this."