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.

Friday, February 1, 2019

What to do if a bird gets too cold in the Polar Vortex

Advice from Nottingham Nature Nook Rehabilitation Center: "Fill your bird feeders as soon as they are empty! Leave wildlife food on the ground at the base of trees and refill heated birdbaths often! If you find animals or birds in trouble please bring them inside and give us a call! (517) 488-7451. All of the creatures here at the Nook Thank you!!!"

I came in to the Wild Birds Unlimited store before light and saw a goldfinch sleeping on the window feeder. These extreme cold temperatures are hard on all the wildlife. My finch woke up, when his friends arrived, had breakfast, and went on his way. If he didn't warm up I would have called for help.

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 ♦ 517-488-7451 ♦ Cheryl Connell-Marsh ♦ birds and small animals
  • Holt, MI ♦ 517-694-9618 ♦ Carolyn Tropp ♦ Birds and mammals except raccoons.
  • Eaton Rapids, MI ♦ 517-663-6153 ♦ Wildside Rehab Center ♦ birds and small animals
And if you are outside of Michigan:

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