WE CANNOT TAKE IN BIRDS AT THE STORE but will gladly direct you to a local licensed Rehabber



Safely Contain the Bird

     Contain the bird in a well ventilated container (such as a box with numerous breathing holes). If it is a hawk or owl use a towel and proceed with caution OR contact a Rehabber  Immediately.

Offer Food and Water

     Offer a shallow dish of water. Provide food as well. Not all birds eat seed. Diet would depend on what type of bird you have. 

Please note the following is intended to help the bird stay alive until it is transported to a rehabber. This food list is NOT INTENDED FOR LONG TERM CARE! 


For Birds that are out of the nest (baby birds may have different food requirements):


          Sparrows/Finches/Grosbeaks/Buntings/Doves/Pigeons - Sunflower Seed and Millet

          Hummingbirds/Orioles - Hummingbird Nectar

          Phoebe/Kingbird/Warbler/Flycatcher/Mockingbirds - Small Insects, Mealworms

          Crows/Ravens - peanuts, sunflower seed, dog/cat food

          Jays/Woodpeckers - Sunflower and unsalted peanuts

          Hawks & Owls - Contact Rehabber immediately


      PLEASE DON'T FORCE ANY FOOD OR WATER unless directed by a rehabber. 


If You Found a Banded Wild Bird

     Wild birds are occasionally banded by scientists to learn more about the birds behavior and movements. If you find a wild bird that has a band alive or dead please report it to the the U S Fish and Wildlife service Reporting banded birds website. 



If You Found a Banded Pigeon

     Banded birds can often be traced to the owner or the Pigeon Association that the owner is affiliated with. If you find a banded pigeon and you have it in captivity please take down the band information and contact the groups below. Additional information is provided on the National Pigeon Association website on housing and care of found birds. 

    The National Pigeon Association      http://www.npausa.com/customer_service/found_pigeon.html

    The American Racing Pigeon Union     https://www.pigeon.org/lostbirdinfo.htm

     International Federation American Homing Pigeon Fanciers https://www.ifpigeon.com/lost-and-found.html


If You Found a Baby Bird

     Many birds (Crows, Mockingbirds, House Sparrows, House Finches, Doves, etc.) leave the nest before they can fly. They are fully feathered and will start to fly within a few days. PLEASE LEAVE THESE BIRDS ALONE!!. The parents are still caring for them. If the baby bird has no feathers, find the nest and put the bird back in it if possible. Otherwise get it to a Wildlife Rehaber. DO NOT TRY TO CARE FOR THESE BIRDS YOURSELF. Keep wildlife wild. It is illegal to have a wild bird in capitivity unless you are a licenced rehabailitator. People intend well but do more harm than good in attempting to care for wildlife. Most especially, do not feed a baby bird unless directed by a licensed rehabber. DO NOT FEED baby birds lettuce, milk, fruit, or honey. This can be lethal to them. Baby birds, depending on the species, have specific nutrition requirements. Not all baby birds eat worms or seed. Leave it to the experts


Bird Collided with Window

 In most instances when a bird has collided with a window it is stunned. Simply put the bird in the shade under a bush or put it in a box (securely closed and with air holes) for up to 2 hours. Usually the bird just needs time to recover. Then release it where you found it. If the bird has not recovered, get it to a rehabber. Occasionaly window collisions are fatal. 


 Bird Attacked by a Cat

Get it to a rehabber! Do not try to care for the bird yourself. Cat/Dog teeth and claws introduce infection to birds during attack. If not treated these birds could potentially die even with the best efforts. Rehabilitators are prepared for this. 


Injured Bird

Do not try to mend any injuries yourself. Attempted mending of injuries can do more harm than good and can cause life long damage the patient when not done correclty.  Leave it to the rehabbers. 


Found a Sick Bird

 Disease is found in wild bird populations. Not all get sick - typically the old, young, and immune supressed birds fall ill. If you find a sick bird. Make sure it is not a window collision or baby bird. The best thing to do with a sick bird is to get it to a rehabber. DO NOT LET SICK BIRDS COME IN CONTACT WITH ANY CAGED BIRDS OR POULTRY. Some wildlife diseases can be transferred to pet birds and humans. Handle with care.  


If you witness illegal HARASSMENT or KILLING of Native birds


Poaching of native birds, especially Hawks & Owls, is against the law! If you witness any illegal poaching or harassment of native birds please contact the California Department of Fish & Wildlife though their tip line  at 1-888-334-2258. Further information can be found at their website . 



Baby Raptors and Owls 

 Raptors and Owls do not make good pets. It is illegal to own a Raptor or Owl unless you have special permitting. Please do not try to take in any Owl or Raptor. If you find one sick, injured, or orphaned CONTACT A REHABBER IMMEDIATELY Often those who try do more harm than good with poor diets (Raptors and Owls cannot survive on meat alone) resulting in nutritional deficiencies and physical deformities in the bird. 



 Please Note: Many of these rehabbers rely on donations to fund their rescue operations. Please consider making a donation if you should find yourself in need of their assistance. Donations are not required but is greatly appreciated. Thank You!

Most rehabilitators do not provide services to pick up wildlife. They rely on you to get these animals to them. Most work out of their homes and are not on call 24 hours a day. Be courteous and mindful of this when you are calling for their assistance. Never drop off animals at a location, unless you are instructed to do so. Wildlife rehabilitators often volunteer their time and efforts to this chosen profession, but have lives outside of it as well. Please respect their capabilities, as rehabilitators often specialize in certain species of wildlife and establish limits on the number of animals they can accept and properly care for.


Diane Harrison (Introduced birds, small mammals, reptiles) - Colton, CA



Joseph and Linda Chalk (RAPTORS & OWLS) - San Bernardino, CA



All Gods Creatures - Chino Hills, CA




Wildhaven - Arrowhead, CA



Moonridge Zoo - Big Bear, CA



Steve Perez - Idyllwild Nature Center - Idyllwild, CA



Kandie Cansler - Oak Glen, CA



Stephanie McKiernam - Cherry Valley, CA



The Living Desert Zoo & Gardens (Native Birds & Reptiles) - Palm Desert, CA



Project Wildlife - Temecula, CA



Susan Dogget (Birds Only, esp Raptors & Corvids) - Twenty-Nine Palms, CA



Coachella Valley Wild Bird Center - Indio, CA



Hummingbird Rescue - Chila Vista, CA



California Department of Fish & Wildlife - Wildlife Rehabilitation Facilities




What to do when...


Found a baby bird



Bird Collided with a window