Spirit Filled Wings 501(c)(3)
What To Do if You Find an Injured Raptor
Call or text Spirit Filled Wings
PLEASE be patient and, do not panic. I provide rehab services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, so I may be busy and you may need to wait for a call back. Please know that I will call you back, as soon as I can.
What not to Do:
*Do not remove the bird unless you can verify the bird is injured or orphaned, or the bird is in immediate danger.
*Do not release the bird to a non-federally licensed person
*Do not attempt to feed the bird
*Do not draw attention to the bird
If you already have the bird in your possession, do not feed the bird. Put the bird in a cardboard box (or other soft-sided box). Do not put in a wire cage.
Cover container and put in a dark, quiet place, away from people, pets & noise.
Do not photograph the bird, or display the bird, as this will cause unnecessary stress on the bird. If you have already taken a picture of the bird, you may send the photo along with your text message to 248-953-5690. DO identify yourself with name and phone number, (if you send a photo) or I cannot respond.
If you need to contain the bird
Walk slowly up to the raptor and gently lay a cloth over the bird. (something the size and weight of a round table cloth for large birds, a pillowcase for smaller birds) The bird should remain calm beneath the cloth. Immediately contact a professional for assistance in picking up and transferring the bird.
If you need assistance with small mammals or song birds, you may contact, Dr. Jill Pasternak, via text at 586-604-2251
Leave your name, phone number, and species. You may also text Dr. Pasternak if you have an emergency (only) with a bird-of-prey and you have previously left me a message and it has been longer than 1 hour and you have not received a call back.
To find a rehabilitator near you, go to http://www.michigandnr.com/dlr/
for a list of rehabilitators in your area.
(Michigan Department of Natural Resources)