Since 1979 more than 140,000 animals have been treated by Wildlife Rescue.
Thanks to the support of individuals like you, Wildlife Rescue can provide a lifeline for animals in distress.
Soon the sun will be shining, birds chirping, as Wildlife Rescue hospital begins to prepare for their busy season ahead. Every year Wildlife Rescue provides care for an influx of baby animals who are injured or orphaned.
We have put together an educational list for you to follow and ensure baby birds (and mammals!) are not separated from their parents.
Before the babies are even born, there are things you can do in your own backyard to encourage “safe nesting”.
Be an early bird and inspect your house now!
Track down active nests by:
Protect your house before birds start nesting
Protective vent products you can use:
Provide nest boxes and nesting materials
The very first thing to do whether you’ve encountered what appears to be an orphaned baby bird, duckling, or mammal, is to first observe the situation.
Observe the Situation
If you think you have found an injured or orphaned bird, stop, observe, and ask yourself the following questions…
Call for help if needed
If you have answered yes to any of the above questions indicated by a star (*) human intervention is required. Get in touch with Wildlife Rescue’s information and helpline immediately at 604-526-7275.
If not, hang back and watch
If help is not needed, but you’re still concerned, it’s best to hang back and watch. It’s possible your presence merely scared the parent away and within an hour or two it’s possible the parent will come back.Both baby bird and baby mammals outgrow their nests and will spend some time on the ground, testing their abilities and exploring.
Want to Do More?
Once again, waiting the situation out can be best, but if you’re concerned then here are a couple of things you can do:
Find/make a nest – If you’ve found a baby bird(nestling), look in your immediate area for signs of a nest.If you can’t find one the best thing to do is to make a nest yourself. You can do this with a container, such as an empty sour cream container. Be sure to puncture a few holes in the bottom for drainage, and have some towels put in place as bedding.
By incorporating some of these tips, you can create a sanctuary of comfort and food resources for local wildlife, while protecting your home and them. Always double-check that there are no animals inside your home or hidden nests in the yard under a pile of debris. If you see animals trying to enter recently repaired areas, they might be locating their babies and may require you to allow them to relocate. If you are unsure what to do or need help with nests around your home call our Support Centre at 604-526-7275 or find more information here.
If you want to volunteer with Wildlife Rescue click here. If you would like to learn how to provide care to injured and orphaned wildlife please learn about our monthly giving program here.