If You Find a Bird

Baby birds need your help.  Train with us to learn how to become a volunteer and help rescue and transport birds to care facilities equipped to meet their needs.  In an emergency, you can still help an abandoned or injured bird by collecting some simple tools and following these simple tips and guidelines:

  • Keep clean towels and pet crates (or boxes with breathing holes in them) in your vehicle at all times.
  • When you find an injured or abandoned bird approach it quietly.
  • Keep your face away from the bird.
  • Wrap it carefully in the towel and keep it upright and as level as you can when you lift it. (Birds aren’t like babies; they shouldn’t be put on their backs in the crook of your arm when you carry them.)
  • Don’t “pet” it or talk to it a lot. Your touch and voice are very frightening to it.
  • Place the bird into an appropriately-sized box with air holes pre-cut and an extra towel on the bottom.
  • If using a pet crate, cover it with a towel so the bird isn’t overwhelmed by visual stimulus.
  • DON’T FEED THE BIRD.
  • DON’T GIVE THE BIRD ANYTHING TO DRINK.
  • Get the bird to the nearest wildlife rehabilitation center as soon as possible. See our Community Partners page for a list of regional bird rescue groups.

If you ever have any questions, give us a call at (916) 542-BIRD [2473]

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