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Wildlife pros: ‘Don’t feed’ baby birds
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BY SHAIN GILLET

Clipper Sports Editor

 

WOODS CROSS – Spring and summer months are the perfect time for birds to mate, increasing the likelihood that a baby bird can be found.

It’s also common that they will be found on the ground.

In that case, Ron Stewart, a regional conservation manager for the Division of Wildlife Resources, said there are certain steps that should be taken.

The best thing to do, said Stewart, is to “place it on a high branch of a tree” in order to keep the bird away from domestic animals such as cats and dogs.

“(Baby birds) usually spread out along the branch of a tree and call for their parents to bring food to them,” he said in a press release. “The baby will squawk, and the parents will find it.”

It is also not a good idea to feed the birds, said Stewart, as birds have a “specific diet” they adhere to in order to stay alive.

“Feeding them something that’s not part of their diet could kill them,” he said. “For example, robins are one of the few birds that can safely eat worms. Most birds can’t.”

Letting the parents feed the bird, he said, is the best idea.

In rare cases, some people have called in and said they found an entire nest of baby birds and still are not sure of what to do.

The best thing to do in that case, said Stewart, is to leave the nest where it is, unless it can be relocated to a nearby branch.

“Birds are extremely good parents,” he said. “They’ll almost always find the spot where the nest is placed by following the sounds of their young.”

Most of these tips can be found on the Wild Aware Utah website, which covers situations on what to do if wildlife is found out of place. 

That website is wildawareutah.org.

 

sgillet@davisclipper.com

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