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Mild Winter Keeps Wild Bird Rescue Busy

We're well into spring and for the Wild Bird Rescue that means a surge in orphaned birds being dropped off. The number of birds is much higher but for a different reason than in the past.

"We've been averaging about 12 to 15 birds a day," said Lila Arnold, Executive Director of Wild Bird Rescue. "Usually the weekend is a little slower but we've done a good 10 birds already today."

"I found a baby bird on the road so I decided to take him in so he wouldn't die," said Cortney Wood.

"I brought a baby Blue Jay. I found it on my driveway," said Kiki Beutin.

Spring is one of, if not, the busiest time of the year. That's usually due to mating season but
 this year the reason nests outside.

"You know it has to do a lot with migration. Birds sometimes don't leave if it doesn't get cold enough. So we've seen Robins earlier this year," said Arnold.

Anywhere from 1,200 to 1,500 birds a year will find their way inside the Wild Bird Rescue for rehabilitation. At the center Sunday 200 different types of birds were under their care. The surge of the feathered animal puts a strain on their budget and supplies.

"We have to order anywhere from 40,000 to 60,000 mealworms a week. That's quite a big dip in our budget."

During the busy spring and summer months the non-profit is in need of volunteers and donations. Click here for more information.

 

Crystal Hall Newschannel 6.   
  

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