Non-Releasable Owls and Hawks,
Educational Owl Programs
When dealing with Bird or Animal Rescue it is vital to know IF a creature is in need of rescue. As the saying goes, Good intentions pave the way to hell, and good people often bring in creatures, especially babies, that should have stayed in the wild.
If you encounter a situation with a baby, wait to see if a parent returns to feed it.
If a bird is unable to flutter its wings, its wings are drooping unevenly, it is weak, bleeding or shivering, contact a wildlife rehabilitator in your area by calling the Humane Society, or US Fish and Wildlife Service. If it is necessary to secure it, put on heavy gloves and using a blanket, place it in a small box with paper towels to cushion it. Keep the bird warm and in a dark place, but do not try to feed it, unless you are sure of what the baby eats.
In encountering a baby bird always try to keep it with its parents, either by placing it back in its nest, or in a fallen or substitute nest (made from a berry basket or margarine tub line with dry, not damp, pine needles or grass) in the same or a substitute tree, and watch from a distance to see if the parent returns. Birds cannot smell human scent, and will reaccept their offspring. If parents, or foster parents (which may readily adopt) cannot be found, call a wildlife rehabilitator. Remember nature belongs in nature.
Stanwood Wildlife Sanctuary
P.O. Box 485
Ellsworth, Me. 04605