Bird Rescue

First, take a few minutes to think and make a plan to prevent further injury to the bird and to protect you and your family from injury and/or disease. Some avian illnesses can be transmitted to humans. Injured or ill birds are under stress and can harm you while you are trying to help them. Some birds have sharp talons and all birds have beaks.

If at all possible, contact trained personnel to safely capture, transport, and rehabilitate the bird. You can protect the bird from further danger until help arrives.

Who to contact for help?

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (click)

This is an extensive list of people who are trained to rescue and transport and/or rehabilitate birds. Scroll down to the location nearest the bird’s location.

Wildlife Center of Southwest Florida,

925 N. Jackson Rd, Venice, FL  34292 Click address for map.

Phone: 941-484-9657

After Hours Emergency Line: 941-416-4967

Save Our Seabirds,

1708 Ken Thompson Parkway, Sarasota, FL. 34236  Click address for map.


After Hours Emergency Line: 941-416-4967

Wildlife Inc.  Education & Rehabilitation Center,

2207 Avenue B, Bradenton Beach, FL 34217  Click address for map.

Anna Maria Island, Bradenton Beach


CROW: Clinic for the Rehabilitation of Wildlife,

Sanibel Island, FL  Click address for map.

Phone: 239-472-3644

If you feel you must rescue and transport an injured or sick bird yourself, please read and prepare first. This page has information to keep you and the bird safe.

What to do if you find a baby bird. Often, less is more. Please read before moving the baby bird unless it is in imminent danger.

The Cornell Lab: All About Birds (Click to read)