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Summer is on its way, and Sierra Wildlife Rescue’s Baby Bird Nursery is fast filling up with wild nestlings and fledglings.
The nursery is in operation from approximately through July 30 at SWR’s Wildlife Center, 3030 Newtown Road in Placerville. Caring for orphaned or injured baby birds is a wonderful way to help SWR and to learn about the fascinating lives of foothill songbirds, game birds (including baby quail and turkeys) and others.
SWR takes in up to 500 orphaned or injured baby birds annually, cares for them until they are fully-fledged and releases them back to the wild. The group needs up to 100 volunteers for the nursery every year. Anyone who wishes to can sign up for two- or four-hour shifts between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m., any day of the week, bi-weekly or monthly, and schedules are flexible. Children 10 or older are welcome to help, but must be supervised by a parent.
Hands-on training is now available at the Center every Wednesday at 5 p.m. To register contact Barbara Barker at (530) 621-2650.
If you find an orphaned or injured baby bird call the nursery, at (530) 621-2020 to arrange to take it in. If you find an older wild bird, or any mammal, call SWR at (530) 621-4661 and you will be directed to an appropriate home rehabber for the species.
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