What To Do With Babies?

The temperatures are warming up, trees are beginning to leaf, flowers blooming, and animals are coming back or waking up.

It’s springtime in the northern hemisphere!

And with spring comes babies. Lots of them. But the increased wildlife numbers around us also increase the chances we will encounter a young animal seemingly abandoned or injured. This can especially be true of birds and deer fawns. It is in our nature to want to help them, after all they’re all alone right? Well, maybe not as much as you may think.

When it comes to mammals and birds, many species will leave their young unattended for long periods of time. This is not out of neglect, but out of survival. Repeat visits by adults may actually draw predators to their baby’s hiding place. But rest assured, the adults don’t wander too far. Most often they are much closer than you think.

But what if you come across a young animal that seems injured or in distress? What do you do? Should you do anything at all?

This blog entry by Wild Birds Unlimited has a flow chart of simple questions that may help you in determining the correct course of action.

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Please Forward: What to do if you find a baby bird

Wild Birds Unlimited, East Lansing, MI

Monday, May 6, 2014

Please forward to your friends and print the article below for future reference:

Spring is a busy time for a lot of animals as new families are created. If you encounter young animals that look distressed, take a few Baby Bird careminutes to assess the situation. Wild animals rarely abandon their young.

If you find a baby bird that is too young to fly, put it back in the nest if possible. The mother will appreciate the help.
However, if you find a baby bird that is old enough to fly, but isn’t, chances are it is learning. If you look, you will see the mother nearby. Leave these older birds alone and let them learn to fly undisturbed.
If you’re still not sure what to do with a baby bird or a bird that is injured, CALL FOR ADVICE! The best course may be no interference.
The following is a small list of the local rehabilitators:

  • East Lansing, MI ♦ 517.351.7304 ♦ Cheryl Connell-Marsh ♦ birds and small animals
  • Lansing, MI ♦ 517-646-9374 ♦ Tiffany Rich ♦ white tailed deer, squirrels, raccoons; Vet. Tech. on center.
  • DeWitt, MI ♦ 517.930-0087 ♦ Wildside Rehab and Education Center ♦ birds and small animals
  • Eaton Rapids, MI ♦ 517-663-6153 ♦ Wildside Rehab and Education Center ♦ birds and small animals
  • Holt, MI ♦ 517-694-9618 ♦ Carolyn Tropp cctropp@aol.com ♦ Waterfowl, small birds and mammals
  • Howell, MI ♦ 517-548-5530 ♦ Howell Conference and Nature Center ♦ All wild animals except bats, skunks, starlings, raccoons, pigeons, or house sparrows.
  • Bath, MI ♦ 517-819-0170 (day) 517-641-6314 (evening) ♦ Denise Slocum ♦ Small mammals

For a complete list of Michigan Licensed Rehabilitators visit the Michigan Department of Natural Resources at: http://www.michigandnr.com/dlr/

Or to search for a local wildlife rehabilitation group by zip code at: http://www.wildliferehabber.org/

Please forward to all your friends and family and print this out for future reference.
Original article from Wild Birds Unlimited http://lansingwbu.blogspot.com

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