Help Baby Birds


Ah, the splendor of summer. The flowers are blooming, the sun is shining, and the birds are welcoming their new chicks into the world.

Have you ever wondered about the birds in your neighbourhood? Ever encounter a baby bird and didn’t know whether you should intervene? The Help Baby Birds campaign aims to provide information about the normal stages of development in common bird species, so that people know when to give babies a hand, and when to steer clear.

For example, a lot of people don’t know that many baby songbirds - like sparrows, robins, finches, blue jays, and cardinals - leave the nest once they are fully feathered, but before they can fly. These fledglings, as they’re called at this stage of life, jump around in trees or on building ledges or even on the ground. They can hop well and flutter their wings, but they just can’t fly yet. Fledglings don’t need our help! Their parents still bring them food while they’re learning how to forage on their own and gaining the strength to fly.

There are some situations where baby birds do need help, however - like very young birds who have accidentally fallen from the nest, or baby ducks or geese who have become separated from their parents. For more information on how to help, have a look around this site, or download our information sheet.

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