Sooner or later, no matter where you
live, you'll come across a baby bird. You'll have to decide:
should you rescue it or leave it to fend for itself?
In most cases, it is best to let nature
take its course. Don't interfere.
If the bird is fully feathered, chances
are it doesn't need your help. Each spring, baby birds leave
the nest and have to learn to be adults. Their parents are
nearby. They're best equipped to take care of the babies. You
can help fledglings by keeping your dogs and cats in the
If the bird is unfeathered, try to
return it to the nest. If that's not possible, put the baby in
a shoe box and cover it. Get the bird to a licensed wildlife
rehabilitator. Do not attempt to take care of it yourself.
After all, do you know what kind of bird it is? Do you know
what to feed it?
No matter what the "first aid for
baby birds" books at the library say, you will kill baby
birds if you offer them a diet of human baby foods, hamburger
meat, tuna, bird seed, milk, hard boiled eggs, bread or water