Injured Birds

If you find a baby bird that is not covered with feathers out of its nest:

  • If the baby is warm, alert, and uninjured, try to return it to its nest. Note: Handling by humans will not discourage parental care.
  • Make sure all the nestlings look the same if there are others still in the nest.
  • If you can’t find the nest, create one using a small box or margarine tub with holes for drainage.

If you find a fully-feathered baby bird out of its nest:

  • Observe it to see if it actually needs help.
  • If it is hopping around and is alert, it has probably reached fledgling age when it is practicing its flying and foraging skills.
  • Confine any cats or dogs, and, if necessary, place the baby bird in a safer area such as on a branch or a shrub.

If you find a bird that is dazed from colliding with a window:

  • Place it in a dark container with a lid, such as a shoe box, and place it where it is warm, quiet and out of reach of predators.
  • If it is extremely cold, take it inside.
  • As much as possible, resist handling.
  • Don’t attempt to give it food or water.
  • As soon as it is awake and alert, release it.

If you find a bird that is seriously injured:

  • Gently pick it up with a cloth or towel.
  • Place it in a box with a lid to keep it dark.
  • Keep it in a very warm and quiet place.
  • Do not attempt to give it food or water.
  • Contact a licensed wildlife rehabilitator.

Local Wildlife Rehabilitators

  • WRI Wildlife Rescue Center….530 468-5287
  • Shasta Wildlife Rescue and Rehabilitation…530 365-9453
  • Susan Thomas…530 235-4783