How-to: Keep Baby Birds (and Small Mammals) With Their Parents

As this blog is being written, spring seems as though it’s finally sprung. The sun is shining, birds are chirping, and the Wildlife Rescue hospital has taken in its 21st baby duckling of the season.

In moments like these it reminds us how important a day like Earth Day (April 22, 2017) really is. A staunch – yet hopeful – reality check that we have one planet and we’re here, together, with each other and with nature.

This Earth Day Wildlife Rescue wants to help you co-exist nature a bit better. Since it’s also the start of baby bird season, we’d like to offer you an easy list to follow to ensure baby birds (and mammals!) are not separated from their parents.

We offer this since each year we see roughly 300 baby birds who have been for one reason or another orphaned, often by human interference.

Observe the Situation

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.

If the animal appears to be in immediate danger – it’s close to an active road, or appears to be bleeding, lethargic, limp, or in the case of birds have a drooping wing – then get in touch with Wildlife Rescue’s information and helpline immediately at 604-526-7275.

If not, 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.

In some cases, particularly in small mammals, they get a little fur for warmth and decide to go exploring. Once again, waiting the situation out can be best, but if you’re concerned then please take out your phone and…

Play a Distress Call

Open the YouTube app and, looking at the creature you’re dealing with, play a distress call.

This can cue the parent to come and pick up their baby.

It’s true! In April, 2017 Wildlife Rescue was able to reunite an orphaned squirrel by doing this. It can take quite a bit of time, but the payoff is well worth it.

Find/Make a Nest

If you’ve found a baby bird, particularly if it’s pink and naked, 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.

Contact Us!

If in any of these cases, whether you think it’s an emergency or simply want some information, please contact us at our helpline at 604-526-7275.

You can also take a picture and tweet us @WRAofBC. Be sure to include the exact location and the date/time.
We’re always happy to help.

Happy Earth Day!


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