How to Help Wild Birds

What to do if you see a wild bird that appears in distress

How to help wild birds
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1) Observe

Adult Bird

  • Look for obvious injury
  • Is the bird acting tame?

Baby Bird

  • Is nest nearby?
  • Are siblings nearby?
  • Can you see or hear parents around?

2) Survey

  • Is the area safe?
  • Is the bird in its habitat?
  • are other birds around?

3) Respond

  • If the bird is in immediate danger
  • If the bird has obvious serious injury
  • If you are not sure
  • If you still have concerns

Who to Call

  • Police Dispatch (NOT 911)
  • Wildlife Rehabilitator
  • Wildlife Organization

In Southern Utah, call Martin of the Southwest Wildlife Foundation at (435)590-1618

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Timestamps:
00:00 – What is your busiest time?
01:47 – I found a bird, how do I care for it?
03:01 – What animals are “wildlife”?
07:12 – Why is it illegal to release a Ringneck Dove?
08:18 – Why do smaller animals have to die to save larger ones?
11:32 – What is life like for Helen?
12:51 – What can I do to save animals?
17:09 – Is it too late to return animals taken away?
18:13 – What is “imprinting”?
20:58 – Is wildlife instantly imprinted from any human contact?
22:44 – Do you often see the best of intentions end poorly?
25:58 – Do you have any advice about finding wildlife information online?
27:53 – Is there any accountability for wildlife misinformation online?
29:06 – Can I learn to care for wildlife from watching videos?
30:31 – The volunteer critter webgeek has edited and seen all your video repeatedly, is she qualified to work with wild animals?
33:00 – Does experience with one animal transfer over to another that is similar?
36:27 – What are some examples when animals to need help?
38:48 – Do you run into legal issues regarding wildlife care?
41:29 – Should wildlife go to veterinarians?
42:56 – What is there is no local help?
44:44 – Why doesn’t Susan work with the bigger critters?
46:11 – Why does it make Susan nervous when you work with big raptors?
47:29 – How long would a volunteer have to work with you before handling songbirds?
48:26 – How long would a volunteer have to work with you before handling raptors?
49:53 – How long would a volunteer have to work with you before handling the Wildlife Ambassadors?
51:06 – How long would a volunteer have to work with you before handling Scout the Golden Eagle?
51:50 – Did Scout choose to work with you?
53:09 – What about for releases & hawking guests?
55:37 – How do I contact help is there is an animal emergency?