Mar 25, 2024 - News

Iowa Bird Rehabilitation "bird lady" featured on PBS

Woman messing with bird flyers

Photo: Courtesy of Iowa PBS

Iowa Bird Rehabilitation (IBR) will enter the spotlight Tuesday night on Iowa PBS.

Why it matters: Bird populations have plummeted in recent decades.

  • IBR is saving hundreds of them each year from a DSM resident's backyard.

Catch up fast: Jenni Boonjakuakul's passion began more than 25 years ago after saving a baby crow from cats.

  • The "bird lady" obtained an Iowa wildlife rehabilitation permit in 2012 and started caring for injured wild birds out of her home.
  • She launched IBR as a non-profit in 2018 and soon raised enough money to add a building in her backyard for them.

State of play: Boonjakuakul and IBR volunteers have now cared for more than 11,000 birds, but the operation is outgrowing her Merle Hay home.

Watch it: The "Iowa Life" episode premieres Tuesday at 6:30pm and will rebroadcast Sunday at 10:30am.

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