What to do if you find an orphaned or injured bird
We suggest you observe the bird for 20 minutes to make sure it is indeed injured. This is particularly important during nesting season when you might think a young fledgling has been orphaned. If the bird isn't dragging its wing, limping of falling over, LEAVE IT ALONE! Click this link for more information on orphaned and injured birds. Orphaned and Injured Birds - WHAT TO DO.
What to do if you find a dead bird
The FWC works cooperatively with the Florida Department of Health on a wild bird mortality database. This project was initiated to support surveillance for bird die-offs, monitor for West Nile Virus, and is now also being used to monitor for avian influenza. The FWC is also interested in monitoring bird electrocutions from power lines and poles so that faulty facilities may be repaired.
If you find a dead bird, please report the bird by logging on to this special FWC website, or call your local FWC regional office. Your reports will assist in tracking the causes of bird mortality and surveying for avian influenza and West Nile Virus.
Audubon Center for Birds of Prey -- only for hawks, eagles, owls, and other birds of prey; located in Maitland, FL
904-757-4463 and dial “0”. The receptionist will connect you with the appropriate staff.
The Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens only accepts animals of certain species into our wildlife rehabilitation program. These animals are gopher tortoises, wood storks, shore birds, and birds of prey.
Other Rehab Contacts:
B.E.A.K.S. (Bird Emergency Aid & Kare Sanctuary)
12084 Houston Avenue
Jacksonville, FL 32226
Pelican Point Wildlife Rehabilitation
Charmane (904) 838-2076