Most young wildlife that you come across are not orphaned. The parents are temporarily away finding food or are staying away
to avoid attracting predators and will later return. If you are concerned that a bird or animal may be orphaned, watch from a
distance for a while to see if the parents return. If you have to chase it, it doesn't need your help!
A nestling songbird is only partially feather and cannot yet run, hop or move about easily. It should be returned to the nest. If you
can't find or reach the nest, make one from a berry box or strainer (something with drainage), line it with grasses and secure it up in a tree close to
where you found the bird. The parents will continue to feed it. (Information taken from South Shore Audubon Society newsletter).
If you are certain a young songbird is orphaned or if a bird is injured, the Garden City Bird Sanctuary cannot care for them. We do
not have the necessary license for rehabilitating wildlife. Here are two possible ways to get help:
1. Leave a message for Volunteers for Wildlife at 516-674-0982 for assistance and follow the emergency instructions at www.volunteersforwildlife.org
2. Click on the link below. This is a link to the NYSDEC website that provides a list of licensed wildlife rehabilitators for New York State, listed by county. Contact one of these people to get assistance. This list is current as of 2014.
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