How to Attract Wild Birds - Page 7
Using the Internet to Locate Help for Injured Birds
HOW TO CONTACT WILDLIFE REHAB PROVIDERS
Audubon Society in your state
Locate the Audubon Society nearest you.
Although my site has never been about wildlife rehabilitation, folks always contacted me for assistance with injured birds. I could not provide that assistance so I have provided links to help.
Please do not e-mail me for help.
I would love to help but I have no experience in caring for injured birds. At the very least, you will need guidance from a trained technician so I have provided you with links to help.
1. Ask yourself if this could
be a newly fledged bird?
The biggest mistake many new bird watchers make is to assume a bird is injured when it is actually a newly fledged bird putting on a loud and awkward display to get an adult's attention. When young birds leave the nest, they are very vulnerable and they appear to be abandoned, injured or unable to fly. This is rarely the true situation.
Newly fledged birds can appear as large or larger than the adult birds so do not be fooled by the size of the bird. An adult bird is probably keeping an eye on this baby. Just because a young bird has left the nest before it appears capable of fending for itself, doesn't mean that it requires human intervention. The fledgling has a lot to learn. At first, the adult may deliver food directly to the fledgling. Later, it will try to get the young bird to seek food by staying away longer and by keeping some distance.
This hungry baby bird is going to put on quite a show hoping to get the parent to feed it. You will be tempted to interfere. Don't! Even if you could make yourself invisible you would have to watch this bird every second for an hour or more to even begin to judge whether an adult is supervising this baby. Your presence will disrupt everything.
If you interfere or make yourself visible, the adult may shy away. Stay away from healthy looking birds. Keep all pets indoors while a young bird is puttering around on the ground in your yard.
Do not intervene unless you can see
that a bird is seriously injured and
you are prepared to take this bird
to a wildlife rehabilitator.
2. You have found a seriously injured bird.
It takes a skilled rehabilitator to save the life of a seriously injured bird. Nature can be very cruel to witness and most of us feel driven to help in any way possible. This is often an unrealistic desire and we find ourselves unprepared to do much beyond sheltering a dying bird.
NOTE: Before helping a wild bird you are supposed to obtain a legal permit. The Migratory Bird Treaty Act made it unlawful for anyone to kill, capture, collect, possess, buy, sell, trade, ship, import or export any migratory bird, including feathers, parts, nests or eggs.
Do not e-mail me for assistance. I would love to help but I have no experience in caring for injured birds. At the very least, you will need guidance from a trained technician.