What To Do If You Find A
"Baby Bird Season" as wildlife
rehabilitators call it, will be upon us within several months in Southwest
Florida. We are providing some advice to help you help rescue
a baby bird.
Please keep in mind that all baby birds
found on the ground are not in need of being rescued. If you do come upon
a little one on the ground, look around for its mother. Chances are the
mother is near by. Don't be in a big hurry to pick up the baby and take it
with you. Instead, monitor the situation. Keep the baby out of
harm's way - but if possible, let the mother handle the situation. Most
likely, the mother bird will intercede on the baby's behalf.
If you are absolutely sure of the location
of the nest it may be from, place the baby back in the nest. The mother
will readily accept it back. That is an old wives tale in regard to the
mother rejecting its baby because of a human scent on it.
If you are absolutely sure that the little
one is in danger or if it is injured, you can use the following points as a
- Prepare a container. A cardboard
box with a top is ideal. Place a clean soft cloth on the bottom of the
container. Be sure to add air holes. Paper towels are a good
substitute for a cloth.
- Birds have sharp beaks and
claws. So, be careful when attempting to pick up the bird.
It would be wise to wear gloves.
- Cover the bird with a light cloth or a
- Be careful not to cause further injury
to the bird and place it in the container.
- Put the lid on the box. Birds will
remain calm if the box is dark inside.
- Make sure the bird is neither too hot or
too cold. Even in Florida, a baby bird can become hypothermic. (too
cold) The temperature inside of the box should be between 80 to 90
degrees. You can use a lamp with a 40 or 60 watt bulb to keep the box
at a comfortable level. Be careful not to place the lamp too close to
- Make sure the top of the box is secure.
- The bird will be calm in a darkened
- Take notes. Record the time and
location of where you found the baby bird. Also, record any
circumstances surrounding the bird's situation.
- Call the nearest wildlife rehabilitation center as soon as
possible. Most centers can be found in the yellow pages. If you
can not locate one, call Florida Fish and Game for a center closest to
you. Many veterinarians temporally accept injured or abandoned
wildlife for rehabilitation centers.
- Only deal with a rehabilitation center
that has a veterinarian on staff or on emergency call.
- Don't attempt to care for the baby bird
yourself. These little ones require feedings every thirty minutes
around the clock. Rehabilitation centers have experienced individuals
to properly care for them.
here to learn more about caring for baby birds.