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Wild Babies


Safe Handling


Bird nests and eggs may be abandoned for a multitude of reasons. Poor nest location or inclement weather, egg inviability, stress, or the loss of a partner are all reasons eggs may be found unattended. Nesting habits and behaviour vary greatly depending on species, take pictures of the eggs and nest and contact us for guidance on species and next steps.

Most birds fall under the Migratory Birds Convention Act. This act allows the Canadian Government to prohibit interference of any kind with the bird, its feathers, nests, or eggs. It is illegal to move, possess, or destroy nests and eggs of these birds.

Eggs should not be hatched artificially; without an adult from the species present, the newborn will not likely be able to identify with its own species.


For turtle eggs and nests please contact the Ontario Turtle Trauma Centre

Migratory Birds Convention Act

What you are witnessing may be perfectly normal behaviour. Look For:

  • Weakness or unconsciousness
  • Vomiting or diarrhea
  • Discharge from the ears, eyes or nose
  • Large patches of missing/damaged feathers, fur or shell
  • Foreign objects stuck to or wrapped around the body
  • A deceased parent or siblings nearby
  • Bleeding
  • Open wounds
  • Fly eggs or maggots
  • Cat attack - even without visible or obvious wounds
  • Broken, injured or missing limbs – hindered movement
  • Non-stop shivering or crying

If you see any of these signs, the animal needs immediate help

As a volunteer powered charitable organization, we do not have the means or resources for pick ups or field rescues. We must rely on finders bringing animals in need of care to our facility.

Please do not bring animals to the centre without first confirming an intake time with a wildlife volunteer.
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