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What to do if you find a seabird…

  • If possible, seek out lifeguards or other park personnel. They are usually willing to help.
  • If you decide to rescue the bird, attempt to keep your face away from the bird.

If the bird is acting weak (a normally healthy seabird will not let you approach closely),

  1. Throw a towel or clothing over the bird, then grasp bill with one hand, enough to keep it closed but not tightly.
  2. With your other hand, scoop the bird up, holding the wings close to your body.
  3. Place the bird in a box large enough for the bird with adequate air holes. If a box is not available, wrap the bird in a towel or clothing.
  4. Bring the bird to Native Animal Rescue following the directions below.

If the bird is healthy but has a fishing line attached,

  1. If he is in the water, slowly reel in the bird, scooping him up with a fishing net.
  2. Throw a towel or clothing over the bird, then grasp bill with one hand gently but firmly.
  3. With the other hand restrain his wings against his body.
  4. Unwind the fishing line, checking to see if any mono-filament line remains and has cut into the bird.
  5. If the fishing line has caused an injury, bring the bird Native Animal Rescue following the directions below.
  6. If the bird has no obvious injury and is not showing signs of distress, release the bird in the same area in which you found it.

If the bird is hooked or has swallowed a hook, DO NOT try to remove the hook.

  1. Throw a towel or clothing over the bird, then grasp bill with one hand, enough to keep it closed but not tightly.
  2. With your other hand, scoop the bird up, holding the wings close to your body.
  3. Place the bird in a box large enough for the bird with adequate air holes.
  4. Immediately bring the bird to Native Animal Rescue following the directions below.
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