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I've Found A Baby Bird!
What Can I Do to Help It?

Many people, and especially children, encounter baby birds which have fallen out of the nest or are just fledging from the nest and are not quite able to fly yet. The birds' parents are the best ones to raise the bird. If it is feathered, it is probably a fledgling and is leaving the nest during the day and "branching out" while it's parents are feeding it. Try to leave the bird alone and the parents will feed it until it can fend for itself.
If it is a partially feathered bird or a very young bird, it has probably fallen out of the nest. If you can find the nest, place the bird back in. The myth that your scent will keep the parents away, is simply that, a myth. Birds have a poorly developed sense of smell and your scent is not detected by them. If you cannot find the nest or the nest was destroyed, keep the bird warm, dark and quiet, then contact a local wildlife rehabilitator who is listed in this directory. They will be glad to take the bird. To possess wildlife, even to take care of baby birds which are orphaned, you must have a wildlife rehabilitators license. The purpose of this license is to get the birds into competent care, and give them their best chance of survival in the wild after release. Do not be tempted to feed the baby bird. The old remedies, such as bread and milk, are very unhealthy for baby birds. Wildlife rehabilitators feed them scientifically formulated diets. If you try to give it water by mouth, it can easily get water into it's lungs. One thing you and your neighbors can do to prevent bird deaths is to keep cats indoors. Gills Ornithology states that the average housecat allowed to roam outside is the biggest single human-related cause of wild bird deaths annually, amounting to over one billion birds killed by house cats each year in the United States alone.
Presented as a public service by Kitty Tolson Carroll of Accipiter Enterprises (386) 776-1960, E-mail: hawkmom74@aol.com


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