Baby Bird Help

Annually, thousands of juvenile wild animals are discovered by humans. However, it is important to understand that the majority of these animals do not require rescue.

AWC’s Wildlife Helpline is available to assist you in determining whether a young wild animal truly needs to be rescued.

Bird Intake Hours

11:00 AM to 4:00 PM

Wildlife Helpline

(205) 663-7930 | ext. 1

Before reaching out, consider the following guidelines to help you accurately assess the situation.

Am I an Orphan?

  • The term “orphan” refers to a young animal that is incapable of self-care and whose parents are either missing or confirmed deceased.
  • It is a normal phase for young animals to venture into the world solo after exiting their nests.
  • If you encounter a healthy, ambulatory young animal that is completely covered in fur or feathers, it is likely not in need of assistance. Often, its parents are in the vicinity, even if they are out of sight.
  • It is advisable to watch the young animal from afar for a period before deciding to contact AWC.
  • Under federal law, it is illegal for a person to raise a wild bird.
  • Relocating a nest merely because it poses an inconvenience is against the law. However, if the nest is situated in a location that poses a genuine threat to life (such as in a car’s exhaust pipe) or has been compromised due to an unsuitable placement, call AWC’s Wildlife Helpline for further assistance.

Am I Injured or Weak?

  • Should a young animal appear undernourished, frail, or wounded, it necessitates rescue and prompt transport to the nearest wildlife rehabilitation center.
  • In instances where an animal has encountered a cat or dog attack, it’s prudent to assume injury, regardless of visible signs. Such encounters often result in considerable internal harm.