Injured or Abandoned Baby Birds?
Unfortunately, many of the organizations that used to care for injured animals in in danger of closing due to lack of funding. We strongly urge you to make a donation today.
If you have found a baby bird out of its nest, or an injured bird needing care, Ellicott Wildlife Rehabilitation Center can point you in the right direction. Or learn what to do from Wild-Bird-Watching.com, or WildlifeRehabInfo.org.
Please note that most birds have no sense of smell. It’s fine to gently replace a baby that has clearly left the nest too soon; the parents will still care for their offspring. However, in many cases stronger chicks have actually forced a younger or weaker sibling from the nest. That way, the bird(s) most likely to survive receive the most food.
Also, some birds—such as owls—leave the nest before they can fly. It’s perfectly normal to see them flopping around on the ground, and they should not be disturbed.
Fawns are often left in a safe place by the mother while she forages. Leave them alone; she will return to care for them.
Finally, remember that it’s illegal to keep most wild animals without a permit.