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.
If you determine the bird needs rescuing, place the bird in a towel lined box. Make sure it has a few air holes. Keep the box away from air conditioning or drafts. It is important that you DO NOT FEED IT ANYTHING. DO NOT GIVE IT ANY FLUIDS. Take the bird to a licensed wildlife rehabilitator. If you are unable to find someone, call a veterinarian. Some may accept the injured bird.
We at Duval Audubon are not licensed to accept injured birds.
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 -
Located in Maitland, FL only accepts hawks, eagles, owls and other birds of prey. Audubon Center for Birds of Prey
Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens may accept gopher tortoises, wood storks, shorebirds and birds of prey. 904-757-4463
Wildlife Rehabilitation Directory - search by zip code
B.E.A.K.S. (Bird Emergency Aid & Kare Sanctuary) - 12084 Houston Avenue, Jacksonville, FL 32226