For immediate release: Wednesday June 20

Summer is the season to watch for baby birds

The Indiana Audubon is offering its assistance to Hoosiers who are finding and wanting to help the abundance of baby birds scampering around and just starting to fledge from their nests this time of year.  Many of these baby birds appear abandoned, but chances are mom will be back to feed and take care of them.

It’s not too uncommon to find an injured bird that may need medical attention. If the bird is sick or injured (bleeding, broken wing, etc.) it will always be necessary to bring the bird to a wild bird rehabber for treatment. Many folks contact the Indiana Audubon’s Mary Gray Bird Sanctuary each year to accept injured and pet birds.  Mary Gray provides a wild haven for wild birds but does not perform rehabilitation efforts for wild birds.

“Indiana is blessed to have such a large diversity of breeding birds around the state,” said Brad Bumgardner, executive director.  “Being able to observe them closely, while recognizing when intervention is truly needed is an ultimate act of good bird stewardship.”

The Indiana DNR maintains a list of wildlife rehabbers by county. Those interested in becoming a wildlife rehabber can complete an application process. For more information on how to help sick and injured birds, visit the Indiana Audubon website at goo.gl/Renbtm.

To learn more about the Indiana Audubon Society and to search for programs and field trips near you, visit them on the web at www.indianaaudubon.org.

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 Media contact: Brad Bumgardner, Executive Director.  (219) 928-6905. bbumgardner@indianaaudubon.org   

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