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Rescuing Wild Birds
Updated: Apr 6, 2021
The Wild Bird Fund helps rescue and rehabilitate wild birds throughout NYC. In collaboration with National Wildlife Federation, they hosted a workshop with us on March 9, 2021. Check out the recording of the workshop to meet and greet the birds of the Wild Bird Fund, learn more about pigeons and baby birds, and find out how the Wild Bird Fund helps New York City’s birds and wildlife. Learn what you can do if you find an injured bird and how you can help birds from home by making stickers that can be placed on windows to prevent bird strikes. Watch the Workshop!
Takeaways from the workshop
How To Prevent Birds from Hitting Windows
You can help by making window decals or stickers for your windows! The birds will see them and fly away. This is a fun activity for children to do with friends, families, and classmates. Here's a guide on how to Make Migration Friendly Window Decorations. You can also look for decals to purchase. There are more options in the pdf below.
I've found a baby bird, what do I do?!
First, try to determine if the bird is a fledgling or a nestling. A FLEDGLING has feathers and hops or flutters on the ground, but cannot fly - generally, they do not need your help. A NESTLING has little or no feathers and has closed, or barely opened eyes - they may need your help! Read this pdf guide from the Wild Bird Fund for step-by-step instructions on what you should do in NYC. If you're not sure what to do and you're in NYC, you can call Wild Bird Fund at (646) 306-2862. If you're not in NYC, find another wildlife rehabilitator.
I’VE FOUND A HURT OR SICK BIRD, WHAT DO I DO?
Read the pdf guide below carefully to check for signs of illness or injury. If you need to pick up the bird and bring it to Wild Bird Fund, be prepared and exercise caution! Remember that birds get stressed easily. If you're not in NYC, find another wildlife rehabilitator before interacting with the injured bird.