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Songbirds, Pigeons, Doves, Crows, Jays

Remember, not all wild animals need our help. This page will help you determine when a bird actually does need help. If not, you can always call Native Animal Rescue at 831-462-0726.

 

What to do if you find…

Baby Birds

Please follow these steps to determine what to do when you find a baby bird on the ground.

If you see a feathered, non-flying young bird on the ground, observe it from a distance. You may discover a wary parent nearby. Many species of birds give their babies “ground training” before they can fly. If a bird parent is seen and there are no cats around, leave the young bird alone.

If you find a non-feathered baby bird, and it is uninjured and seems healthy, try to put it back in its nest.  The parents will not reject their baby just because you’ve touched it.

1. If you find a baby bird, and it is

  • injured, or
  • seems unhealthy, or
  • is being stalked by a cat,

2. Place a warm cloth in the bottom of a paper bag or small box with ventilation holes. If you don’t have these things, have a friend keep the bird warm in their hands while bringing it to NAR. Keeping a baby bird warm is of vital importance to insure survival.

3. Gently place the bird in the bag or small box and close the lid.

4. Bring the bird to Native Animal Rescue following the directions below.

Injured Mature Birds

1. Make sure that the bird is injured without touching it by checking for:

  • Blood
  • A drooping wing
  • Wing held out from body
  • Obvious leg injury (limping)
  • Hit a window over 45 minutes ago
  • Captured by cat or dog

2. Place a warm cloth in the bottom of a paper bag or box with ventilation holes. Keeping a bird warm is of vital importance to insure survival.

3. Gently place the bird in the bag or box and close the lid.

4. Bring the bird to Native Animal Rescue following the directions below.

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1855 17th Avenue
Santa Cruz

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