About us: We own the Wild Birds Unlimited nature shop in East Lansing, Michigan,
a store that provides a wide variety of supplies to help you enjoy the birdwatching hobby.

This blog was created to answer frequently asked questions & to share nature stories and photographs.
To contribute, email me at bloubird@gmail.com.

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

How you can help injured birds

If you’ve come in to the Wild Birds Unlimited - East Lansing store lately you may have noticed a really cute bird house at the check out desk that is full of change.

We are trying to collect donations for the Capitol AreaWildlife Rehabilitators, an organization dedicated to the rehabilitation wildlife within the Lansing area.

Have you ever had an injured bird, an abandoned baby rabbit, or wounded squirrel in your yard and didn’t know what to do? Call the experts before you do anything!

Members of the Capitol Area Wildlife Rehabilitators include:
- East Lansing, MI ♦ 517-351-7304 ♦ Cheryl Connell-Marsh ♦ Birds, Squirrels, Rabbits, Deer
- Holt, MI ♦ 517-694-9618 ♦ Carolyn Tropp cctropp@aol.com ♦ Waterfowl, small birds and mammals
- Durand, MI ♦ 989-288-6661 ♦ Judy Clark ♦ Raptors (birds of prey)
- Eagle, MI ♦ 517-626-6890 ♦ JoAnne Aldrich ♦ Information only, raccoons
- Mid-Michigan ♦ 517-775-1155 ♦ Amy Webb ♦ Raccoons, opossums, woodchucks
- Lansing, MI ♦ 517-256-1099 ♦ DaDustin ♦ Raccoons, opossums, woodchucks 

Other links to search are:
Michigan Wildlife Rehabilitators Association
Or to search for your local wildlife rehabilitation group: http://www.wildliferehabber.org/
Spring can be a very dangerous time for wild animals. Capitol Area Wildlife Rehabilitators remind us that: “Any wild animal (especially raccoons or squirrels) that have recently moved into your garage, attic or other protected structures are probably there to build a nest and raise their young. If you trap the adult you have essentially killed their young babies. If you can wait for them to raise their babies they will probably be gone in 1-2 months.

Trapping and relocating wildlife is the kiss of death. Most species are territorial and releasing an adult into another adults territory will cause serious and often fatal accidents. Many areas also have a limited food supply and can not support newly transported animals into them.

Avoid cutting down trees in the spring. Not only do birds and squirrels have nests in live trees, many mammals and birds build nests in dead or dying trees. If you must cut a tree down and find a nest in it, place the nest in a nearby tree at the same height, direction (N,S,E,W) and proximity to the main trunk.

Many people stop feeding wildlife as the weather warms up in the spring. Unfortunately, this is a critical time period for most birds and mammals, since they require additional nutrients and energy for both laying eggs and raising young. The food that you continue to put out in the spring and summer will support many new families, as well as many hours of relaxation while watching and listening to the birds and mammals around you!"

So if you have a little extra change weighing down your purse or pockets, think about unloading your change for a good cause into their donation box at the counter of Wild Birds Unlimited - East Lansing. More information about donations can be found at: http://capitolareawildlife.org/Donations.html  

Below is a video snapshot of Cheryl Connell-Marsh’s life at Nottingham Nature Nook: http://youtu.be/7RLjy0ByPD4


Related Articles:
- The cost of rehabilitation http://goo.gl/sY3DV
- What to do if you find a bird nest on the ground http://goo.gl/wTcFM
- I found a baby bird, now what? http://goo.gl/5YvEv
- Prevent Birds from Flying into Windows http://goo.gl/7u3xZ

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