If You Love It…Let It Go

Often the public wants to help out by raising the baby bird they have rescued.  As tempting as this might be, an orphaned bird’s best chances of survival are with a rehabilitator.  A rehabilitator has been trained to provide the appropriate diet (at all stages of the bird’s development) and the proper care and housing. There are also legal considerations to raising wildlife – most wild birds are protected species, which means that a person is required to have a permit to keep, raise and rehabilitate the bird. The main pitfalls of trying to raise a baby wild bird (or an injured bird) are trying to do it without the proper training.  Injured birds require even more intensive care and certain species, like hummingbirds, need constant care and a highly specialized diet. The five major aspects of wildlife rehabilitation are Diet, Housing, Sunlight, Imprinting and Release.

In another posting we will cover in detail each of these five requirements.  Remember, it is never a good idea to try to raise any wild animal without the proper training and one of the main reasons for not keeping and raising a wild bird is imprinting.  A tame bird that is released into the wild will not survive.  It does not have the necessary skills to fend for itself.  A trained rehabilitator offers the best opportunity for a bird’s future survival in the wild.

If you want to learn how to raise baby birds, consider becoming an East Valley Wildlife volunteer.  We will be happy to teach you.  Visit our website for more information, baby bird identification and articles.

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