-We receive many calls a week about abandoned or injured birds
-Many times we are working with the animals at Wild Wings or
away at a demonstration and cannot take the phone calls
-This is a guideline to help when we cannot take those calls
1. If you find a nestling (a baby bird that is not feathered) try
to put the baby in a nest if it can be located
2. If you cannot locate a nest, make a substitute.
a. Poke holes in the bottom of a margarine tub and hang from
a nearby tree.
3. You must leave the area and observe from a distance
4. If you do not notice the parents visiting the nest area (after
a reasonable while) notify a wildlife rehabilitator.
1. If you find a fledgling (feathered baby bird), it is normal for the
bird to be walking on the ground because it is learning how to
fly. The parents are still feeding it.
2. Is the bird safe from cats, dogs and people?
a. If yes, leave the area because the baby is ok. Its best
chance of survival is its mother.
b. If no, place bird in bushes or by a tree limb nearby and
watch from a distance if the parents come back.
3. If you do not notice the parents visiting the area (after a
reasonable while) notify a wildlife rehabilitator.
Is the Bird Hurt or Sick?
1. Call a wildlife rehabilitator
2. You may also call a veterinarian that is experienced in wildlife
3. If you must rescue a baby bird, you should seek guidance from
a wildlife rehabilitator.
Here are some guidelines for rescuing a baby bird:
1. Place a clean, soft cloth in the bottom of a clean cardboard box
and make some air holes.
2. Always wear gloves if possible
3. Cover the bird with a light sheet or towel and gently place it
into the container
4. If it is cold out, warm the animal by placing one end of the box
on a heating pad set on low.
5. Tape the box shut.
6. Keep the bird in a warm, dark, quiet place
7. DO NOT give it food or water; DO NOT handle it; and keep
children and pets away.
8. Contact a wildlife rehabilitator or veterinarian
9. DO NOT keep the bird at your home longer than necessary.
-Many animals, if not injured, are by themselves in the wild for a
reason and the best rule is to let them be.
- It is against the law in most states to keep wild animals if you
do not have permits.
- At a young age, this is the crucial time that they need their
parents so they do not become imprinted (reliant on humans) for
* Please support your local wildlife rehabilitator and veterinarians.
*There is generally no funding for their work and time.
*Food and medical costs are very high and donations are greatly