How to save a baby bird | lifestyles

This is the time of year when my garden feels full of life, as the neighborhood welcomes orientals, ruby-throated hummingbirds, and broad-winged hawks returning from their long migrations. At the Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center at the Vermont Institute of Natural Sciences, where I work, “Baby Bird Season” is also going on.

The dedicated rehabilitation team will spend the next few months, from dawn to dusk, caring for hundreds of wounded and orphaned birds, keeping them healthy and strong enough to be released back into the wild. However, rehabilitators do not have the resources to leave their current patients and go out to rescue every injured bird. They rely on the rest of us to be their “first responders,” able to watch for a potentially infected creature and bring it in for treatment if needed. Since it can be difficult to distinguish a truly injured bird from a healthy bird, we give these creatures the best chance at survival by recognizing the need for help and knowing exactly how to get it.

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