to rescue or not to rescue…

mistaken orphan birds

Mistaken orphans or what we like to call “bird napped” babies are a very common intake during Spring and Summer months. Birds that are not truly orphaned taken into rehab are time consuming and take up resources for other truly orphaned babies. Please click below to consult the chart to make sure the baby you have found does need help!

Nestling birds

Naked or barely feathered baby birds or “nestlings” can be returned to their nest. (Your Scent scaring away mom is a myth!) If possible, returning to the nest is step one! If the nest is destroyed a nest can be made!

Click here to learn how!
*Video coming soon!*

fledgling birds

All birds go through a stage when they are old enough to leave the nest but still learning to fly. If you find a bird that is feathered but not flying, try to determine if it is a fledgling! Parents are often out finding food so they can be alone for extended periods of time. IF the baby is uninjured, please watch it from a distance for 4-6 hours to see if mom and dad are returning to feed it.

Baby duck

If a duckling is found alone, it is extremely unlikely the mother will come back. This baby needs rescue.

baby owls

Baby Owls will sometimes fall out of their nest while mom is sleeping. This does not mean they are orphaned, try returning to the nest or a low branch in the tree it is under.

a warning about
neighborhood cats

Unfortunately we cannot save every bird from the possible prowling cat. If you know a neighbor who lets their cats roam, please talk to them and ask they keep their cats indoors if you have nesting songbirds!



Temporary Care: 

All orphaned baby animals need to be kept warm! If you are certain it has been orphaned, follow these steps:

  • Line a box with something soft like towels and put the babies gently inside.
  • Place the box on a heating pad on low. If you do not have a heating pad, you may use a plastic water bottle with warm water inside, or even a rice-filled sock microwaved (usually 30 seconds) and reheated periodically.
  • DO NOT FEED. Giving the wrong food and even giving it the wrong way can be more harmful than helpful.
  • Call WRC at (616) 361–6109 right away to schedule a drop-off.