Sierra Wildlife Rescue is gearing up to open its Baby Bird Nursery, held during spring and summer at SWR’s Wildlife Center in Placerville.
Caring for orphaned or injured nestlings or fledglings 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.
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, from approximately May 1 through July 31. Schedules are flexible. Children 10 or older are welcome to help, but must be supervised by a parent.
A class to teach you how to feed and care for the babies, Introduction to the Baby Bird Nursery, will be held on April 7, from 10 a.m. to noon, with a repeat class on April 17, from 7 to 9 p.m. at SWR’s center, 3030 Newtown Road in Placerville. It is best to attend a class, but hands-on training will also be available at the center every Wednesday at 5 p.m., May through July. Before you come check to see if the nursery has opened by calling Mike Mattox at (530) 642-2584.
For more information on volunteering for the nursery, or if you plan to attend a class, call Barbara Barker at (530) 621-2650 to register, since parking is limited.
If you find any type of orphaned or injured baby or adult bird call (530) 621-4661, and you will be directed to nursery information or an appropriate home rehabber for older birds.