DENVER - With the arrival of spring, comes the birth of thousands of baby birds and water fowl across Colorado.
Spring is baby season in the wild animal kingdom. Life can be hard for wild animals, especially orphaned or injured babies.
Baby birds can fall out of the nest or become orphaned when their parents are killed by predators.
Wild B.I.R.D., the bird rehabilitation group that has served Denver and surrounding counties, had to close in the fall due to rezoning of its location and will not be able to reopen for the very busy migratory and baby bird season. This is going to have quite an impact since last spring and summer Denver-area residents brought more than 2,000 birds to Wild B.I.R.D.
Wild B.I.R.D is rebuilding and hopes to raise money for a new center.
Fortunately, regional rehabilitation centers are stepping up to fill the void left by Wild Bird.
If you find a sick, injured baby bird or other animal that appears to need help, the following facilities and agencies may be able to help, but residents should call them first. They could be full or not able to take the kind of bird that has been found. Also, most of these are nonprofit organizations with limited resources so they do not have paid staff to rescue and transport birds, so residents should be prepared drive the birds to these facilities.
It is helpful to take a photo of the bird or animal that has been found to email or text it to these organizations for identity purposes.
Squirrel Creek, Littleton (near the intersection of Santa Fe & 470) takes small mammals who need care and rehabilitation.
They don't take birds, but do care for squirrels, rabbits, coyotes, fox and other small mammals.
Birds of Prey Foundation, Broomfield: 303-460-0674 – Accepts raptors such as hawks, owls, and eagles, and also crows, ravens, woodpeckers, herons, cormorants, grebes, pelicans, and nightjar species such as whip-poor-wills. No ducks, geese or small birds like songbirds. Open seven days a week, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Greenwood Wildlife Rehabilitation Center, Lyons: 303-823-8455 – Accepts all species of birds except raptors. Also accepts small to mid-size mammals. Committed to take in Boulder County birds, but will take Denver-area birds on a space available basis. Open seven days a week, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Ellicott Wildlife Rehabilitation Center, Colorado Springs: firstname.lastname@example.org – Accepts all species of birds and also small to mid-size mammals from the Pikes Peak region; however, will take Denver-area birds on a case-by-case basis when other rehabilitation facilities are at capacity. Open seven days a week, 9 a.m.to 9 p.m.
Blue Sky Wild Bird Rehabilitation, Parker: 303-667-7174 – Small facility with limited capacity that is licensed to treat only small birds with a specialty in hummingbirds. Will take Denver-area birds until it reaches capacity. Open seven days a week, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Colorado Parks & Wildlife, Denver office: 303-291-7227 – Provides guidance on orphaned and distressed birds and other wildlife. Does not provide rehabilitation services but will euthanize compromised wildlife brought to the Denver office at 6060 Broadway, as well as invasive bird species. Open weekdays, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Municipal Animal Control Agencies and Humane Societies – Local animal control policies regarding wildlife vary, but none of these agencies or humane societies provide rehabilitation or care for any wildlife, including birds. Call first to determine what assistance they can offer in the way of wildlife rescue or euthanasia. If they do assist with the rescue of a wild bird, they will most likely euthanize it since they cannot care for it.
Veterinarians – Call first since many veterinarians do not provide care for wildlife and also must follow state laws concerning the treatment of wildlife. May perform euthanasia, often for a fee.
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