Orphaned or Injured Wildlife


Q: I found a baby bird what do I do?

The best thing to do if you find a baby bird is to leave it alone. If the bird appears as though it has fallen from a nest, an attempt to locate the nest can be made, and the bird can be carefully returned. If the bird has feathers, it may be a fledged bird and a parent bird is probably close by.  As long as the bird is in no danger from cats or other predators, it is best to watch the bird from a distance to see if a parent returns after an hour or so before determining that the bird needs human help.

 Birds do not have a true sense of smell, so the myth that birds will reject a baby bird if touched by a human is not true. A baby bird that has been touched by a human, however, does make it easier for a predator (cat, raccoon, etc.) to find.  If a nest cannot be located or the bird is "rescued," the first important step is to call a rehabilitator to care for the bird. Second provide warmth to the baby bird. A hot water bottle or low heating pad or even hot water in a glass bottle will do.

Taking care of injured birds and wildlife should be left to people who know how to do it best.  If you should come across wild animals that appear to be sick or injured, you may click the link below to search by County to locate a licensed Wildlife Rehabilitators in your area who may be able to help, or you may call Wildlife Services at 1-877-463-6497 to get this information.


Looking for a Wildlife Rehabilitator? 

Access the Maryland Department of Natural Resources website for a list of wildlife rehabilitators.