- Under the Federal Migratory Bird Treaty Act and state law, it is illegal for anyone to injure or possess an indigenous bird without a permit. Introduced species such as English sparrows, European starlings, and common rock pigeons are excluded.
- Song Birds - Passerines
- What if I find a baby bird?
- Be Aware of the Following:
- An injured bird requires immediate specialized care. Any delay reduces their chance of recovery.
- Most veterinarians do not have time, special facilities, or experience to handle injured wildlife.
- Birds learn to fly before they learn to find food. They rely on their parents for about two weeks (or longer) after leaving the nest.
- Cats and dogs destroy many young animals that are just beginning to try out life on their own.
- You can find a permitted rehabilitator on our contact pages.
If the young bird is not injured:
Be sure the area is free of other animals that can cause harm and keep pets indoors. Leave the youngster alone.
- If a baby bird in on the ground, carefully return it to the nest or into a nearby bush.
- If a birds original nest is destroyed, place the baby in a berry basket or plastic cup (with drainage) and put it near the nest site.
- Its a good idea to watch for the parents from a discreet distance. If one does not go to the baby in an hour, contact a rehabilitator as soon as possible.
If the bird is injured:
Place the bird on a towel, cloth, or shredded paper in a cardboard box thats just the right size for it and close it. Put the box in a dark quiet place until a rehabilitator can be contacted.
- Do not offer food or drink.
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