Is your shelter aware that these baby song sparrows are protected by the federal Migratory Bird Treaty Act, and that they should never be removed from the wild unless truly orphaned?

These and almost all other species of birds in the U.S. are protected.  If your staff must rescue baby birds due to orphaning or injury, they must be kept warm and fed frequently in your shelter until they can be transported to a wildlife rehabilitator.  Euthanizing healthy, protected birds is a violation of this law. Allow us to help you better help wildlife and abide by this law.
Please note that establishing a Wild Ward in your shelter will not qualify staff or volunteers to perform wildlife rehabilitation.  A Wild Ward is for emergency stabilization of wild animals while they await transport to a licensed rehabilitator. 


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Is your shelter swamped with calls about wildlife during "baby season"?  Shelters which respond to wildlife calls serve a great need in many communities and can save many wild lives.  But what happens to those animals while they await transport to a wildlife rehabilitator in your shelter? 

If your shelter is like most, you have no dedicated room, equipment or staff for wildlife.  Animals may wait for long periods without food, water or proper housing before being transferred to a rehabilitator.  This can endanger wild, young animals and demoralize staff efforts.
A Wild Ward can resolve these problems.  Using volunteers and donated items, your shelter can take better care of wildlife AND save valuable staff time and shelter resources.  Let us show you how ordinary household items, discarded recyclables and trained volunteers can help your shelter save wild lives and enhance your shelter's image of providing compassionate care.
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