ALL ANIMALS will avoid coming to retrieve their babies if humans are around. Please watch for signs of mom without being too close or animals seeing you.
Birds are on the ground learning to fly. This is called fledging. Some bird species such as robins and blue jays remain on the ground for weeks. These birds look clumsy and injured. Unless you see a visible injury, please leave the fledglings to learn on their own. Mothers are often close by. Cats and dogs are the fledgling’s worry. Please keep your cat or dog indoors during this time. If you see a fledgling on the street, gently place it under a bush in a cat or dog free area. Birds that have fallen out of the nest can be placed back into the nest. These birds will have little or no feathers. If the nest is destroyed, then make a nest from a Tupperware type bowl with paper towel inside and vent holes. Please the “nest” back in the tree. If the bird is injured, please contact a licensed rehabilitator.
Ducks & Water Birds
Ducks stay in groups. If you do not see a mother around within an hour or so, they may need rescuing. If the animal needs rescued here are few tips to help increase the chance of success of rehabilitation. Place the animal in an area with a heat lamp or pad on low (covered with sheets or towels) and some room away from the heating source. Young water birds will not have waterproof feathers and should not have a container to be in or to drink from. They chill very quickly and easily. If young one is found wet, gently dry it with a clean towel as soon as possible and remove the source of water. Please contact a licensed rehabilitator.
Raptors are birds of prey. They hunt other animals to eat. Birds of prey include hawks, owls, eagles, buzzards, kites, vultures, ospreys, falcons, and harriers. These birds have talons (long, sharp claws) and beaks that are made for tearing and cutting flesh. Some have beaks strong enough to cut a finger off and talons sharp enough to deeply cut and/or tear out chunks of flesh. Please contact a licensed rehabilitator.
If the situation requires immediate handling of the animal to remove it from danger there are a few things to consider. Use a large, thick towel or blanket to cover the raptor. Do not attempt to handle without wearing heavy, leather, utility gloves or gauntlets. With the raptor covered, use both gloved hands to wrap around its body folding the wings into its body as well. Transport the animal in a plastic cat or dog carrier with the raptor on its feet. As with any wild animal, injured or orphaned raptors are unpredictable and will try to defend themselves, making them dangerous. It is important not to handle the raptor much. Handling them is VERY stressful and impacts the success of recovery.
Do not attempt to feed or water the raptor. Attempt to keep the raptor in a warm, dark, and quiet place until it can be transferred or cared for. These animals should not be near pets or children. Contact a licensed rehabilitator as quickly as possible.