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If You Find an Injured Bird

FIRST READ THE INFORMATION BELOW


NO ONE WILL CHECK OR RESPOND TO AN EMAIL OR TEXT - TO REPORT AN INJURED BIRD - CALL 773 988 1867

It's important to act quickly to contain a bird before it moves out of reach or something harms it.

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IMPORTANT: If you find a bird trapped or tangled in fishing line/string/netting go to our entanglement page.

CAUTION!

Do not attempt to rescue a raptor (hawk, owl, falcon) or large wading bird (heron, egret, bittern) on your own. These birds can inflict serious injuries with their beaks or talons.

Call the CBCM hotline, 773-988-1867, or a wildlife rehabilitation center.


Other Rescue Information:

If you cannot pick up and contain the bird, make an attempt to move it to a protected area away from further harm; such as under a bush, or away from the street or sidewalk.

Once the bird is secured in a bag or box, do not be tempted to check on the bird! Opening the bag or box stresses the bird, offers the possibility for escape, and puts the bird at risk for further injury. Escaped birds can become trapped inside a building or be impossible to recapture.

Birds can breathe adequately in a closed unwaxed paper bag or cardboard box. Air holes are not necessary and can allow some birds to escape. Never place birds in plastic bags or containers.

Birds are more likely to stay still and quiet in a darkened environment. Covering the bag or box helps block out light.

Do not try to care for an injured bird yourself. It needs specialized care. It is against federal law to keep a migratory or native bird without specialized training and permits.

While it is also illegal to keep a dead migratory bird, these specimens do have value. If you have found a dead migratory bird and can connect to one of our downtown monitors during the spring and fall season, it can be added to the birds we take to the Field Museum.

Contact with wildlife can involve exposure to diseases that can be transmitted from animals to humans. Take any and all precautions to safeguard your health whenever handling birds.




Chicago Bird Collision Monitors (CBCM) is an all volunteer bird conservation project that operates under the auspices of
the Chicago Audubon Society.


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