Please contact one of the following organizations BEFORE you try to assist a wild animal to protect both you and the animal.
Lake Erie Nature & Science Center
28728 Wolf Road, Bay Village, OH 44140
Phone: (440) 871-2900
BACK TO THE WILD
4504 Bardshar Road, Castalia, OH 44824
Phone: (419) 684-9539
FINDING AN INJURED/ILL ANIMAL AFTER 5 PM
If you can SAFELY capture the animal, place it in a small, escape-proof box, not much larger than the animal itself. This should significantly reduce the amount of thrashing around the animal may do causing further injury to itself. Do not offer food or water to it as even these seemingly helpful actions may harm or even kill the animal. Place the box in a dark, quiet location (garage, basement, closet) until it can be transported for a medical examination.
"If you can still see skin through my feathers, I have fallen out of my nest prematurely. Please pick me up gently and place me back into my nest, or in an artificial nest very close to where you found me. My parents will NOT reject me because of the human scent...they can't even smell the human scent."
"If you cannot see any skin showing through my feathers, I am what's called a "fledgling" and am supposed to be out of my nest and on the ground. Over the next few days, I will be learning to fly, learning to eat and learning all my other survival skills. My parents are still taking care of me but only part-time. Please don't try to care for me as I won't be able to learn everything I need, in order to survive life in the wild."
"If you find us all alone, that's ok. That is how we are supposed to be. Our mothers stay away from us for hours, and even all day long. We do NOT need to be "rescued." In fact, trying to raise us usually kills us."
"Our mom will often make her nest in parking lot flower planters, suburban shrubbery, and school courtyards, often miles from water. This is normal. Please don't try to help her while she's nesting as this often leads to increased nest failures. And please don't try to help us after we hatch as this often leads to increased traffic fatalities."