Birds that are non-native to North America or that are domestic or exotic typically cannot find help from wildlife centers or permitted individuals, veterinarians, or animal control agencies/humane societies. When kindly members of the public find such birds, they are faced with a very real dilemma when it comes to finding help for their found bird. We are bridging that gap between protected wildlife and birds that are not. We helped the public with 613 such birds in 2017.
First and foremost, we are saving the lives of many birds ranging from tiny hatchlings to fledglings to sick and injured adults. We are educating members of the public about the best thing to do with a bird they have found. We are building an association of people who can provide caregiver services to baby birds or sick and injured birds, transportation services, foster or adoptive homes, and educational services and materials.
We are already helping members of the public with birds they have found. In 2017, we have expanded into working with animal shelters in our area to try to help with birds that end up in their care. By the end of 2018, we hope to have an association of some 50 or more people helping birds in our locale by being either caregivers, transporters, fosters/adopters, educators, or regular donors.
This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).
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