When To Help Fallen Nesting Birds

It's tempting to want to help a baby bird on the ground, but nesting birds usually are fine on their own.

Nesting season is underway in many places, or will be soon. Nesting birds are a lot of fun to observe, and even give you the chance to help provide scientists with valuable information right from your own neighborhood. But as nesting begins, there are a few factors to remember when it comes to whether or not these birds actually need help from humans. I could get into lots of details, but this wonderful graphic from the talented Rosemary Mosco at birdandmoon.com really sums up all you need to know!

Nesting Birds by Rosemary Mosco
Created by Rosemary Mosco, birdandmoon.com

And really, it’s that simple. Resist the urge to bring the baby bird into your home or to try to care for an injured bird on your own. (In fact, there are laws prohibiting the average citizen from possessing wild birds, even if your intent is only to help.) Oh, and if you run into that dinosaur… well, sorry, you’re on your own!

Rosemary has made a printable PDF of this chart available for wildlife rehab centers and other educational organizations. You’ll find it here (and you can get a version without the dinosaur, if you prefer).

There are plenty of ways you can help nesting birds, by creating the right environment for their nest attempts to be successful. Learn how to help nesting birds by clicking here.

Jill Staake
Jill lives in Tampa, Florida, and writes about gardening, butterflies, outdoor projects and birding. When she's not gardening, you'll find her reading, traveling and happily digging her toes into the sand on the beach.