Baby Bird Help


Have You Found A Baby Bird Or Mammal?

Many people encounter baby birds or other baby animals that they believe have been abandoned or orphaned. In fact, most of these animals have not been abandoned. Birds often spend time away from their young looking for food.

If you find a baby bird you think has been abandoned, remember the following:

  • Never try to feed a baby wild animal yourself. The wrong foods can make an animal sick. It is also very easy to injure or kill baby animals while trying to feed them.

  • It is illegal to keep most wild birds as pets. Any wild bird you encounter should be left alone or turned over to a licensed wildlife rehabilitator.

  • If you find a baby bird you think is abandoned, observe it for about an hour. If there is no sign of the parents, contact a local wildlife rehabilitator for advice.

  • You can find your local wildlife rehabilitator by contacting us, or your local humane society or animal control office.

Normal Business Hours

Monday – Friday 9 AM to 6 PM and Saturday – Sunday 9 AM to 5 PM. Please bring them to PHSS or a permitted rehabber as soon as possible.  The faster they are cared for by a permitted rehabber the better their chances for survival.

After Hours

We recommend that you keep babies at home overnight and bring in the next morning.

How to help a baby bird

This instructional video was produced by Pelican Harbor Seabird Station staff members to provide community members who encounter baby birds the tools to determine whether the baby bird needs to be rescued and how to prepare the bird for transport to our facility. Watch the 4-minute video for answers to all of your questions, and you could save the life of a baby bird.

Capture and Containment for babies

First and Foremost Be Very Gentle

Pick the baby or babies up using a soft towel, t-shirt or sheet, etc.

Prepare the box or container before you place the baby/babies in it.

  • Make air holes in the container, no sharp edges on the inside.

  • Place very soft material in the bottom of the box.

  • Roll a washcloth or paper towels into a round nest shape and place the babies in the nest.

  • Cover the box or container.

Keep as warm as possible.

Place the container or box in the warmest part of the house and you may place a heating pad under the box on low.

Do Not Give Food or Water! 

Feeding babies can be tricky; different species require different diets and improper feeding can injure the baby and cause more harm than good.

Stress is a Killer

Keep the baby warm, in a quiet place, leave it alone and get it to PHSS or the closest permitted rehabber first thing in the morning.

Please read the sheets below for more information.