General Injuries: If you see a bird with a drooping wing, or one that is laying on its side or having difficulty breathing, the bird needs assistance. Contact our hotline (403-214-1312) for guidance.
Cat Attacks: If a bird has been attacked by cat it will have likely been exposed to the bacteria that lives in cat’s mouths and on their claws. It is critical that that bird receives medical attention promptly so that it does not succumb to infection.
Window Strikes: Juvenile birds that are just learning to fly will sometimes strike windows or other obstacles. Most birds will become stunned and will sit under the window in shock, but quite often will recover quite spontaneously and fly away with a matter of hours. They are quite vulnerable during this time, and it may be necessary to house them in a dark and ventilated box during their recovery to protect them from predatory cats or hovering magpies. Leave them alone completely and avoid handling during this time and try releasing them after a couple of hours. If the bird is not recovering or is showing overt signs of injury (bleeding wounds, respiratory distress, or drooping wings) it is best to contact a wildlife rehabilitation organization for advice.
If you find an injured or orphaned bird please phone our wildlife hotline: 403-214-1312