Baby Birds

During spring/summer there are many wild animals, especially baby birds, which seem to need our help. Over 75% of the wild baby animals rescued by well-intentioned people really do not need assistance. Here are some helpful hints to help you determine the best course of action if you find a baby animal.

Nestling (a featherless or barely feathered bird)--If found out of its nest, put it back if possible; otherwise, place it in a covered container and keep it warm, then call W E R C or your nearest licensed wildlife rehabilitator.

Fledgling (a young bird with feathers, short tail)--If found on the ground, leave it alone unless it is injured. The parents will take care of it until it is ready to be on its own. If there are cats around, remove the cats or move the bird to within a 20-foot radius of where it was found.

Do NOT try to raise baby birds or mammals by yourself. Do not give food or water. Wild babies need a special diet and an inappropriate one can kill them. Pet food is not intended for wildlife.

If you're unsure of whether an animal is in danger or if you have any questions pertaining to local wildlife, contact WERC at 779- WERC (9372).

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