This is what I’ve wanted to do all my life…
When my husband Tony Heath and I discovered our piece of “Heaven on Earth” in the Huachuca Mountains of southeastern Arizona 20 years ago, we knew we had found a special place. Having worked as jazz musicians in New York City, we named it Birdland Ranch. Work started right away, everything needed work...house, land, fencing, roads. Our avian neighbors showed up, in the birds that bring you happiness, Western Bluebirds and Azure Bluebirds. This was news! We knew them from back East as they say, but here in the western slopes of the Huachucas in Arizona? Well, Cornell Lab of Ornithology was contacted and we became members of the “Birdhouse Network.” The beginnings of our nest box trail!
The beauty and sacredness of the land spoke to our hearts and has been guiding us every day. We have seeded and restored the land. A partnership with US Fish and Wildlife has empowered us to improve wildlife habitat. My veterinary technician (I like nurse!) education and work experience has given me a strong foundation to help injured wildlife. Having worked at; specialty, emergency, and companion animal practices as well as the Tucson Wildlife Center, the link in the chain was complete. Now the ultimate journey of my heart is unfolding…the Madrean Archipelago Wildlife Center! Please join us to build our wildlife rehabilitation facility to help those birds-of-prey, who are orphaned, wounded, diseased, or debilitated to gain another chance to fly wild and free again!
With your help, we will be a voice for the wildlife and a healing center for the winged ones. Working together considering the next seven generations, we will stand for Mother Earth and take action!
Director, Madrean Archipelago Wildlife Center