You Found a Bird. Now What? 

For Songbirds, all the little guys, visit Native Songbird Care and Conservation or call (707) 484-6502

For larger birds such as pigeons, doves, crows, ravens and all raptors (hawks and owls) please continue to read. 

Animal Drop Off: 403 Mecham Rd, Petaluma Ca 94952            

Hours: 9am-5:30pm seven days a week 

*If you find an animal after hours please contact our rescue hotline for assistance.*

Rescue Hotline: (707) 526-WILD (9453)
While you are waiting for a call back from a volunteer, Click here for proper housing directions.

Do Not feed or give water to the animal. It could make things worse.

A hawk trapped in a building is serious. Call the hotline right away. While you are waiting for a call back, open all windows and skylights. Cover glass on windows, skylights, or doors that do not open. Turn off inside lights. Clear people from the building if possible.


Animal Regulations 

It is illegal to keep wildlife longer than 48 hours if you are not a volunteer or a staff member of a licensed wildlife rescue.

This helps protect wildlife from unnecessary stress caused by untrained members of the public and ensures that they receive the most appropriate care for their individual needs. Members of a licensed wildlife center are required to take 2 hours of continuing education to make sure they are refreshed on all the latest care techniques.

Please do not try to care for wildlife. They require very special care so they are releasable back into the wild.

All native birds are Federally Protected. It is illegal to shoot or injure, tear down the nest of, or relocate any native raptor or songbird.


How You Can Tell if a Bird Needs Help 

Here are some general signs to look for:
The bird is presented to you by a cat or dog
It's bleeding
An apparent or obvious broken limb
A featherless or nearly featherless bird (nestling) on the ground. 

If the bird has some feathers, is grounded, and it is spring or summer, please call the hotline to determine if it is a fledgling, and how to proceed. 

An adult raptor on the ground in the same place for hours
Evidence of a dead parent nearby
Spotting a baby bird by itself doesn't necessarily mean it's an orphan. If you are concerned, please call 707-526-WILD (9453).


Important Questions to Consider Before You Call 

Can the bird fly? We cannot catch a bird that can fly away from us. 
Can you safely catch it without using your bare hands? If not, keep an eye on the bird and call the hotline. 
Do you have a place to put the bird until you are able to transfer it to the center?
Is it a baby with a nest nearby?
*This information will be important to the volunteer who returns your call.

Feeding an animal can potentially kill it. It is best to put them in a dark quiet place and wait for a professional to evaluate the condition of the animal.

Many animals can die from stress. To avoid this, leave the animal alone, do not handle it, check on it or look at it unless absolutely necessary. Click here for proper housing instructions.


How to Tell if a Baby is Orphaned 

For baby birds it is best to call the Rescue Hotline to describe the situation to a volunteer to determine if the baby is truly orphaned

Rescue Hotline: (707) 526-WILD (9453)