What Do I Do If I Find A bird or Animal?

Don’t Touch: Wait, Watch, Call!

MARS rescue is happy to help (250) 337-2021

Baby birds will often spend up to a week on the ground when they are learning to fly. They are not injured or abandoned, momma bird is nearby watching AND feeding them. Bringing them to the vet or "rescuing" them is much more harmful and will often result in their euthanasia since their mom won't always take them back and they don't do well in captivity.

It is important that you contact MARS before attempting a rescue, you may be putting the animal or bird or even yourself at risk. Fawns even orphan ones do better in the wild than in the best rescue centers and... bears... even cute baby ones, are dangerous and should never be taken by civilians.

If the animal is severely injured or in distress, please call local conservation for assistance. Do not touch the animal.

Conservation Services: 1 (877) 952-7277



• Nestlings are naked and blind

• They can be returned to the nest

• Warm cold birds with your hands

• Make sure parents attend the nest

• They will die without your help


• Older, feathered but cannot fly

• Need to be returned to their nest

• If no nest, place on a nearby branch

• Parents will continue to feed them

• Watch to see what they do

• Touched chicks are not forsaken



• Fledglings have feathers and short tails

• They can perch, hop and walk

• They are learning to fly

• They should be left alone to practice

• Being on the ground is normal

• Their parents are nearby

• They are aware of predators