Every year more and more birds are found along our roads, under power lines, and in our own backyards. It can be very difficult at times to determine if a bird actually needs to be brought in to a rehabilitation facility. Please remember we are here to help you and the birds! With experience from hundreds of birds each year, we can help you determine if the situation calls for rescue or further observation.
-Where is the bird? (e.g. park, road, backyard)
-Why do you think the bird needs help?
-Have you tried approaching the bird?
-How close to the bird did you get?
-Has the bird moved from it's original position?
-We will ask you to describe the bird in detail. Identifying the species can help determine normal and abnormal behavior.
-Are the eyes bright and alert when you approach?
-Are both wings being held evenly (either next to the body or spread out to threaten)?
-Are there any obvious signs of injury?
These questions and more help us to determine the next step. It is legal to capture and transport a raptor in order to get care for it. It is illegal to keep it. Birds of Prey Foundation has permits from the United States Fish and Wildlife Service and Colorado Parks and Wildlife to possess and care for migratory birds.