Native Songbird Care & Conservation
Saving Native Songbirds One Bird at a Time.
I Found a Bird

Please note:
Without proper licenses from California Department of Fish and Game and US Fish and Wildlife Services, it is unlawful to possess a native bird, even if you intend to return it to the wild.  If you find an injured, orphaned or ill songbird, please call us so that we may provide it with the proper medical care by an experienced wildlife rehabilitator in a licensed facility.

Birds that we provide care for:
We accept care for all native passerines; however, we do not accept crows, jays or ravens.  We also do not accept non-native birds such as starlings, pigeons and house sparrows.  If you need assistance with any of these species, please call us and we will happily provide you with a referral.

If you have found an injured, ill or orphaned bird, please call us at (707) 484-6502.   

Follow the instructions to prepare a bird for transport to the hospital.

Please follow these steps to prepare a bird for transport to our clinic:

  • Prepare a box or paper bag appropriate for the size of the bird.
  • Make small holes for ventilation in the box/bag. Make sure the bird cannot escape through the holes.
  • Line the box/bag with something soft so the bird is insulated and does not slip around.  Please note: if you are transporting a hatchling or nestling bird, please fashion a small nest using a clean soft cloth around the baby to help insulate it - they cannot regulate their body heat at this age.
  • Carefully pick up the bird with a soft towel or gloved hand and place the bird in the bag/box. 
  • Make sure the box/bag is securely closed to prevent accidental escapes.  This is absolutely essential before you bring the bird to us.
  • DO NOT off the bird any food, water or medication - the wrong food can kill a bird, fluids when administered improperly can kill a bird, the wrong medication/medical treatment can kill a bird.
  • Keep the bird warm, dark and quiet.  
  • Stress can KILL a wild bird!  Talking to the bird, holding it, playing music, noise from pets and children, etc. is very stressful for any wild animal.
  • Call us ASAP at (707) 484-6502 to let us know you're on the way with a bird.

Please remember, all native wildlife is protected by federal law and can only be cared for by a licensed wildlife rehabilitator.  Wild native songbirds have very specific dietary needs, requirements for housing, care and release back to the wild.  The internet is filled with misinformation, even some grossly irresponsible information and should not be utilized for advice about hand-raising any wildlife.  It is also important to remember that raising wild native birds is in no way similar to raising domestic pet birds, regardless of advice provided by a health professional for domestic animals or a pet store.  Over the years we have received many baby birds that were raised by well-meaning, but misinformed untrained humans.  The results were very poor and often resulted in the unfortunate and unnecessary death of the bird.  So, if you’ve taken the first step to do the right thing for the bird by rescuing it, please complete the process and bring it to a licensed wildlife facility where it can receive proper medical and supportive care by a trained professional.

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