Bird Emergencies

Bird emergencies can happen. Here are some resources you might find useful if you come across an injured bird.

Know that under federal law (The Migratory Bird Treaty Act), a member of the public is not allowed to keep a native bird to raise, treat, release, or as a pet. These birds must be taken to a wildlife rehabilitator or facility with the appropriate federal licenses. 

Bird Emergencies PDF (wildlife laws and what to do if you find an injured bird)

Additional Resources (where to find help for an injured bird)


Window Strikes

If a bird is flying at your window, it's probably a case of mistaken identity. The bird sees its own reflection and perceives the "other bird" is a competitor. The bird is attempting to drive away the "intruder" by attacking the window.

During breeding season, songbird hormone levels rise, making the birds more territorial and defensive of  their territory. They attack other birds to protect their mates, food, and nesting or roosting sites. This behavior increases their chances of successfully raising a family.

What can I do?

  • Decrease the reflectivity of your windows. Consider using soap or other water-soluble solutions on the outside of your window. Shades and other interior window covers don't change the window's reflection.
  • Break up the reflection by hanging a decorative window film over the window or by using one-inch wide tape or ribbon to create vertical stripes every four inches on the outside of the window.
  • Create a physical barrier: Put a screen or fine-mesh netting over the window.
Photo by Tyler Hartje

Photo by Tyler Hartje