Help Baby Birds

How Can I Help?

There are many ways that you can make a critical difference for baby birds. Please take action today!

  • Take the "Fledge Pledge". Use this site to get more information about baby birds and educate your friends and neighbours about nestlings and fledglings. Download our information sheet, print, and hand them out to people who want to know more.
  • Keep your cats indoors, or in a protected outdoor enclosure. Cat attacks are the number one reason that baby birds are admitted to wildlife hospitals. Our domestic cats are not a natural or sustainable part of wild ecosystems, and are themselves at risk of harm when roaming outdoors – for more information check out
  • If you know there are birds nesting in your yard, avoid mowing the grass for a few weeks - fledglings need the ground cover to keep hidden from predators while they're learning. In fact, there are many animals that benefit from longer grass - the longer you can go between mowings, the better.
  • Grow native plants in your garden. Human-made birdfeeders, while birds like them, can also cause problems. Providing natural sources of berries and seeds is a healthier way to go, especially for babies that are learning how to forage.
  • Avoid trimming trees and bushes between April and September, as this can disturb bird nests.
  • Donate to Toronto Wildlife Centre. Funds are urgently needed to help care for baby birds - every year we receive more requests for medical care for sick or injured babies than we can handle. Please help us do more. If you cannot donate yourself, consider organizing a fundraising event!
  • Become a volunteer. Toronto Wildlife Centre is staffed mainly by volunteers. Your time can help save lives.