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Bird 911

Where to turn in a bird emergency: what to do when you find a bird, how to care for baby birds, how to rescue and transport songbirds and birds of prey, what to feed a bird during an emergency, and answers to questions about injured and orphaned birds.
Published: 2/5/2009

ambulanceThere is no reason to feel alone during a wildlife emergency. Information and in many cases, help, are only a few mouse clicks away.

You found a bird, now what?
International Bird Rescue Research Center
Simple directions to help keep the bird safe and warm

Nesting cycle
A simple overview of the avian nesting cycle

Wildlife emergency: North America
International Wildlife Rehabilitation Council
How to know what constitutes an emergency and when to contact a rehabilitator

Rescuing songbirds
Rescuing and transporting birds of prey
St. Francis Wildlife Association, Tallahassee, Florida
How to rescue songbirds and birds of prey

Helping injured and orphaned wildlife
Wisconsin Humane Society
Answers to common questions about injured and orphaned animals, animals in your home, wildlife diseases, and more

Abandoned domestic ducks and geese left to fend for themselves
International Bird Rescue Research Center
What happens when domestic ducks and geese are released into the wild

Hotspots Near You

We’ve published “Hotspots Near You” since October 2006. In it, we provide up-to-date information from local birders about easily accessible places to watch birds. You’ll find maps, directions, bird lists, links, contact information, and detailed descriptions of hotspots that are great for birding close to home.

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