Good Question: What do you do if you see a struggling bird?

What do you do if you see a struggling bird? (Photo: KUTV)

(KUTV) At the Northern Utah Wildlife Rehabilitation Center, they have nearly 300 birds that volunteers are trying to nurse back to health so they can survive in the wild.

It’s clearly the perfect place to ask the good question that came from 2News viewer Steve: What do you do if you see a wild bird in distress?

“Well, the thing that we always advise people is call us first,” says Wildlife Rehabilitation Apprentice Erin Adams. “There's a lot of different situations that can happen that can cause a bird to be on the ground."

Adams says that, just because a bird seems to be struggling, don't assume that's a problem, especially in Spring when eggs are hatching.

“Most of what that is, is babies learning how to fly," she said.

That said, if a bird really is in trouble, there are things you can do to help.

"If you see a baby on the ground and it just needs to be put back in its nest or moved away from a road or a dog, then it's perfectly fine to pick them up and put them back in the nest, or maybe put them into a low tree."

What you cannot do is take a wild bird home - that's against the law. But you can transport them legally to a licensed rehab center.

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