Why? Because we have so many little mouths to feed! Very soon we will begin seeing baby squirrels, rabbits, and opossums. You will probably see them too! Although most baby animals tend to stay in their nests till they grow older, you can often see mom and dad bustling around looking for food. In late spring/early summer, we will start to see baby birds and ducklings.
Baby animals usually come to us for one of three reasons:
- they have been orphaned
- sustained an injury from a fall
- or been attacked by a domestic animal
How Can You Help Baby Animals?
There are lots of things you can do to help baby animals at home. Most importantly, keep your dogs on leash and cats indoors. Off leash dogs can disturb nesting areas and attack baby or full grown animals. Cats will hunt birds and other small and baby animals.
Other things you can do:
- Keep your bird bath full of clean water. While birds and squirrels are pretty good at finding food on their own, sometimes having some extra water around is really helpful.
- Plant native! Native plants attract pollinators and provide food for wildlife.
- Don’t spray chemical pesticides. Chemical pesticides cause a lot of problems. They kill insects which are often beneficial to gardens, humans, and wildlife and poison dirt and groundwater.
- Trim your trees either before or after mating season. Wait until birds have finished breeding before you trim you tree so you don’t disturb bird nests.
For more information about what to do if you find an animal, click here.
Please Consider Making A Donation To City Wildlife
We need your help! With so many babies coming in we really appreciate when individuals and groups donate food and cleaning items. Since we are a 501(c)(3) non-profit charity all donations are tax deductible. Below is a list of items that would be very helpful during the spring and summer.
- laundry detergent
- paper towels
- facial tissues (for making baby bird/squirrel nests)
- 33 gallon trash bags
- nuts (opened or in shell) for our baby squirrels
- wild bird seed
- pigeon and dove seed
Until next time! Happy April!