Helping Wildlife

How We Can Help Wildlife

 

Baby birds need protection from dogs and cats. Contain your dogs and keep your cats indoors. Millions of baby birds are killed each year from uncontrolled animals.

Do not trim your trees or shrubs during nesting season – between April and August. Babies are hatching during this time and you could injure or kill them.

Birds can also nest in tall grass so be careful if you use a weedeater.

Avoid pesticides between April and August. Remember, some mole cricket eradicators also kill many birds when they eat the poisoned insects. Some rat poisons can kill owls, hawks, eagles, and also cats that eat the poisoned rat.

Cut up plastic 6-pack rings. Animals get them caught around their neck and will starve to death.

Do not leave fishing line lying around – dispose of properly. Many birds and animals get wrapped up and cannot free themselves.

Baby Birds:

It is an old wives’ tale that once you touch a baby bird the parents will not accept it. But you do not want to handle the bird if it is not necessary. Baby birds come in 2 categories: nestlings, and fledglings.

If you find a nestling (naked or partially feathered) – first warm it in your hands gently. If it is not injured, try to locate the nest overhead or nearby. If you cannot find the nest, make a “foster” nest from a berry basket, hanging planter, or plastic container punctured with holes. Line with dry grass, pine straw, or leaves. Hang the new nest from a limb, secure it in the “V” of a tree, or a bush or shrub. Gently place the warmed baby into its foster home. Place it where the mother can see it. Watch for the parents to return. Keep predators away. Keep watch for several hours.

If the parents do not return, bring the baby indoors. Line a box the size of a shoebox with Kleenex. Be sure it has air holes. Place the box ½ on and ½ off a heating pad set on low. If a heating pad is not available, keep it in a warm spot covered with a towel or shirt. NEVER place it in the hot sun, or near an oven, stove or heater, or in the microwave.

Fully feathered baby birds with short tails hopping around on the ground should be left alone. These are fledglings. Shoo them in a protected area of shrubs or tall grass. Move away and watch for the parents to continue feeding them. Fledglings will not stay in a nest. If you put them back in, they may jump out again and could hurt themselves in the fall. They are very active – flapping their wings and hopping about. This is how they build muscles and learn to fly.

If the bird is injured, predators are about or you know the parents have been killed, you will need to rescue them. Temporarily place them in a mid-sized box lined with newspaper. Place one or more perches made of wood inside. Always make air holes.

DO NOT feed any babies bread, or any milk or water from an eyedropper. Temporarily, feed only small pieces of moistened dry dog or cat food – not so wet that it disintegrates. Find assistance. See “Injured Animals” for the names of people to call.

Baby Deer:

If you happen to find a baby deer around your house or port — DO NOTHING! Mothers leave their babies during the day and go off and graze. They try and leave it where they think it will be safe. They will return later and nurse it. In a few days, they will usually move it to a new location. Exercise special care when fawns are born in the spring. People should never touch fawns. They may intend to help, but the scent of a human can cause the doe to reject her offspring.

 

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