What To Do If You Find A Baby Bird

Is the baby a duck or a gosling?

If YES, then:
If you know that the mother is dead, or the baby is injured, call a wildlife rehabilitator (see list).

If the baby is separated from the mother and you know where she is, place the baby close to the flock so that she can hear the baby.

Watch from a distance.

If the baby joins the flock and the mother does not reject it, leave the area. The baby is fine.

If the mother leaves it, and there is a flock that looks similar, bring the baby closer and watch from a distance. If the flock does not reject it, then the baby will be fine.

If the baby is rejected and the mother cannot be found anywhere, call a rehabilitator (see list).

If NO, then:
Is the baby bird hurt or sick? Is it bleeding, vomiting, shivering, lethargic, or attacked by an animal?

If YES, then:
Call a wildlife rehabilitator (see list).

If NO, then:
Is the bird feathered?

If YES, then:
If the bird is hopping on the ground, it is a fledgling (learning to fly, like a toddler learning to walk). Are cats, dogs, or people threatening the bird?

If YES, then:
Keep all pets, people or any other potential threats away, and watch from a distance.

If NO, then:
Is the baby a nestling? Can you find the nest? Is it intact?

If NO, then:
Place the baby in a surrogate nest close to where it was found, off the ground (in a tree or bush), and out of the way of rain, sun, etc. The distress call of the baby will eventually bring the parent back. Watch from a distance, out of sound and sight.

If YES, then:
Leave the area. The baby is fine and the mother will return once the threat is gone.

Are the parents nearby or visiting the nest or den? (Note: You may have to stay out of sight and undercover for several hours. The parents will not return if they sense danger, and they may become aggressive if they see you as a threat.

If YES, then:
Leave the area. The baby is fine and the mother will return once the threat is gone.

If NO, then:
Call a rehabilitator (see list).

List of Wildlife Rehabilitators