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.
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Monday, April 2, 2018

What do you do when you find baby bunnies

Photo from http://www.babywarm.org/
If you come across a nest of wild bunnies, and the mother is nowhere to be seen, please DO NOT disturb them. This is normal nesting behavior. By removing them from the nest, you are greatly reducing their chances of survival. The mom will only return at night, and not if you are watching.

Rabbits hide their nests in plain view, often putting them in the open, sometimes in the middle of the lawn, as well as in brush piles and long grass. If you find a nest that has been disturbed, do all you can to restore and protect it.  Do NOT bring it inside. If a dog has discovered the nest, keep your dog away from the area and reconstruct the nest with grasses.

If the bunny looks injured or lost CALL FOR ADVICE! The best course may be no interference.

Only licensed wildlife rehabilitators may possess abandoned or injured wildlife. A list of licensed rehabilitators can be found by visiting http://www.michigandnr.com/dlr/ or by calling your local DNR office. Below are a few local numbers to call for help:
  • East Lansing, MI ♦ 517.351.7304 ♦ Cheryl Connell-Marsh ♦ birds and small animals
  • Lansing, MI ♦ 517-646-9374 ♦ Tiffany Rich ♦ white tailed deer, squirrels, raccoons; Vet. Tech. on center.
  • DeWitt, MI ♦ 517.930-0087 ♦ Wildside Rehab and Education Center ♦ birds and small animals
And if you are outside of Michigan:
Related Articles: 
The origin of the Easter Bunny http://goo.gl/egBze5
How rabbits survive the winters http://goo.gl/l7ASdp
Baby Bunnies not abandoned https://goo.gl/bFVtLX
Watch the video:  https://youtu.be/JNFjR0lhBu4?t=18s

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