The Falcon Batchelor Raptor Rehabilitation Center is dedicated to the rehabilitation and release of injured birds, and specializes in native and migratory raptors of Florida.
We are currently undergoing an exciting relocation and renovation of this program. During this time, we are happy to assist with injured native migratory birds. Please contact our hotline at 305-322-8887 between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. daily.
Unfortunately, we cannot accept mammals, domestic fowl, or pets, due to our wildlife rehabilitation licenses from both the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services. The following local rehabilitation facilities and centers will accept native and non-native wildlife:
- Pelican Harbor Seabird Station accepts birds, but not mammals. They are located at 1279 NE 79 Street, Miami, 33138; 305-751-9840.
- The South Florida Wildlife Center accepts all wildlife from Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties. They are located at 3200 SW 4 Avenue, Fort Lauderdale, 33315; 954-524-4302.
If you find a baby animal, it is generally best to leave it alone. The animal is usually not orphaned-in fact, the parent may be nearby looking for food or watching the baby. Never pick up baby animals and remove them from their natural environment! If you are calling after hours regarding a baby bird, please see below for instructions on how to care for it until it can be brought to our facility or another rehabilitation facility.
What to do if you find a baby bird?
Young birds have it tough. They need to exercise in order to learn to fly, but often hop too far and end up on the ground, which makes them vulnerable to cats, dogs, raccoons and other predators. What’s the best way to help them get through this difficult learning phase? Here are a few simple tips:
Don’t panic! Look around-are the parents nearby? If they are, then you should leave the bird alone. Many baby birds fall to the ground during their first flight. Given time and care from their parents, they will soon be up and flapping.
No parents? Don’t worry! If the bird is covered with short, developing feathers, then it’s a fledgling or “brancher.” These juvenile birds should be put onto a high branch in their nesting tree or another tree nearby, or put into bushes (or other cover) where they are less exposed to predators. Don’t worry about “smelling like a human.” Most birds have a very poor sense of smell and won’t be able to tell that you helped their baby.
No feathers? Look for the nest. Sometimes baby birds are pushed out by siblings or by other birds, such as the cuckoo. Other times, they just fall. If you find the nest, put the baby bird into it. Please remember that some birds, like the woodpecker, like to make their nests inside of a hole located in a tree.
No nest? Make one! Use a small open container-such as a shoebox-with sides and small holes in the bottom for drainage. Put your makeshift nest into the tree and secure it with bread ties or twine. You may want to watch it for about an hour to see if the parents show up, but you’ll need to be quiet or risk scaring them away.
Still no luck? Call us for advice! The professional staff of the Batchelor Wildlife Center can tell you how to take care of a baby bird and help it return to the wild as soon as possible. Please call us at 305-434-9575; if we are helping another animal, please leave a message and be patient. We will return your call as soon as possible.
No worms! Please do not feed baby birds anything without guidance from a wildlife professional. The wrong diet can kill a baby bird, and liquids can easily choke them. If you must keep a baby bird overnight, please keep it in a warm, dark place away from pets or children until you are able to transport it. A heating pad on a low setting placed underneath half of the box can provide warmth. Transport the bird to your local wildlife rehabilitator or call us as soon as possible for advice.
For more information, please contact us at 305-322-8887.
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