ATTENTION: DUE TO THE COVID-19 SHUTDOWN OUR STAFF HAS BEEN REDUCED AND OUR SERVICES ARE LIMITED. WE HAVE ADDED MORE INFORMATION BELOW TO ASSIST BIRDS EVEN IF WE ARE UNABLE TO RESPOND QUICKLY.
As part of our commitment to helping the birds of our world, The Birdman® has set up Nevada Bird Rescue, an all-volunteer, first-responder bird rescue service for Southern Nevada. Though we have limited resources, we do care about all birds.
We can sometimes help with wild bird rescues, pet bird re-homing, loose bird re-capture, and lost bird recovery. If it has feathers, we can help through advice or by taking action when needed. Since there is no funding for this important work, we try to use our small resources as efficiently as possible.
If you are requesting our assistance, we ask that you send a photo of the bird in question or your situation so we can quickly help to identify the species and the best approach for helping them. Please email us at NVBirdRescue@aol.com
To protect the safety and security of our bird collection, we cannot provide a drop off service at this time. However the following basic information can help you with the initial bird rescue steps.
INJURED WILD BIRDS
If you find a wild bird in trouble, YOU are the first responder. Time is of the essence, and many birds are in critical danger by the time we find them.
Before beginning, please make sure you are not merely kidnapping a young fledgling who is on the ground and learning to fly. It is crucial in this final stage of development that the young birds learn from their parents and learn to fear humans for their own safety. A wild bird who has been fed by humans often then flies to humans and/or their homes when hungry and this can lead to their demise. Use the following chart to help you determine the amount of help to give to a wild bird:
Please begin the rescue before contacting us:
If you see an injured bird inside your yard, please keep dogs and cats inside or away from it until it can move on or be captured. If you can, coax or place the bird into a cardboard box which has some air holes in the sides and close the box and place in a protected, dark, and quiet spot inside your home or garage if the garage is room temperature.
BABY SONGBIRDS (without feathering):
Try to safely replace babies back into their nests asap. You can also construct a secure cardboard nest lower in the same tree, or adhered high up to the truck in the shade, but try to place it where humans, cats, sun, winds, and hawks won’t hurt them. The most important thing is to keep the baby birds connected to their parents. Human care cannot come close to the role modeling they need from their real parents. Even if baby birds survive hand-feeding in captivity, they often perish soon after release.
FLEDGLINGS (feathered but on ground hopping trying to fly):
Do not capture these birds as they are in the final stage of learning how to survive from their parents. Guide them to nearby brush where they can hide from humans, dogs, cats, sun, and other dangers.
These are not “baby owls.” They are flying insect eaters who are only active at night. This also makes them easy to catch during the day. Ifone is trying to sleep in a bad place, relocating him to the nearest brush is best. If there is none, use a cardboard box to give him a darkened quiet spot until sunset, then leave the open box outside for him to fly away.
Please send us a photo and your location and a description of the situation.
In all cases, do not worry about trying to get the bird to eat or drink as they are stressed and afraid of you and do not realize you are trying to help. The exception…hummingbirds.
If it is during normal business hours you can drop boxed birds off at the Nevada Division of Wildlife at 3373 Pepper Lane, Las Vegas,NV 89120.
Veterinary Clinics that will kindly take in injured wild birds include North Las Vegas Animal (NLV) Hospital, Park Animal Hospital, (Central LV) and VCA Black Mountain Animal Hospital (Henderson).
PIGEONS AND DOVES:
Due to disease risk, we are unable to work with wild pigeons or doves. We always take in found white homing pigeons.
Their higher metabolism makes every minute count. After placing the bird into a ventilated and darkened cardboard box (with cool wet towel if during the hot summer), NV Division of Wildlife at 702-486-5128 for assistance with hummingbirds. Please offer sugar water asap.
UNUSUAL BIRDS INCLUDING LOONS, EAGLES, CRANES, ETC:
If you need more assistance, please contact us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/NevadaBirdRescue/ or at NVBirdRescue@aol.com Please send us a photo of the bird, location, and a short description of the situation to help us assess its condition and needs. We can help more birds this way. Due to the volume of calls, please do not leave a message asking us to call you to obtain information about the situation.
WILD RAPTOR IDENTIFICATION
You can use these charts to help identify raptors in your area. When you contact Nevada Bird Rescue, one of the first questions will be what species of bird have you encountered.
PLEASE CLICK ON ANY OF THE BIRD ID CHARTS BELOW TO VIEW A LARGER IMAGE
One of Joe's first rescues in 1987, a sick Golden Eagle in N CA.
THE PROBLEM WITH CATS
Please spread the word… house cats kill more song birds than all other causes…combined!
Cats should be kept indoors or in a backyard aviary to prevent obliteration of local wildlife.