How to Help Wildlife: "If you care, leave them there!"
If you see an animal that you think may be in need of help, before doing anything, call a wildlife rehabilitator and they will advise you to either help rescue the animal or to leave it alone.
The closest wildlife rehabilitation center to Daggerwing Nature Center is:
Too often, well-meaning people pick up young animals mistakenly believing that these animals have been orphaned or abandoned. This is almost never the case. The parent animals are nearby, waiting for the human threat to leave, so that they may resume caring for their offspring.
As young songbirds develop, they soon outgrow the limited space of a nest (particularly if there are multiple chicks) and leave the nest before they are able to fly. They move about the ground and low branches, often for several days. The adult birds continue to care for the youngsters, answering the chicks' demanding calls with regular deliveries of worms and insects. This is when people often interfere, taking healthy chicks out of the wild and placing them in a shoebox with a few crusts of bread. This deprives the growing bird of essential nutrients found in its wild diet. Resist the urge to pick up a baby bird and leave it there!
If the baby appears to be injured or orphaned, call a wildlife rehabilitator and they will instruct you how to help. For additional information on what to do if you find a baby animal, click the following links:
Sometimes you find an injured wild animal. Resist the urge to "take it home and help it." The best thing to do is call a rehabilitator and they will instruct you how to help. Most of the time, this will mean transporting the injured animal to a rehabilitation facility.
Florida requires a license to rehabilitate wildlife. These regulations help protect the animal as well as the public. Animals can be injured with inappropriate care. Sometimes the animal becomes imprinted and thus never is able to be returned to the wild. You should also know that federal laws prohibit the rehabilitation of some animals (like birds of prey) without a license. Even being caught with the feathers of some birds is a federal crime.
Ways to Help Wildlife
Information courtesy of the Wildlife Damage Control website:
Daggerwing Nature Center is not able to accept sick, injured, or orphaned animals. Please contact a rehabilitation facility and they may be able to assist you. We are also unable to accept unwanted pets. Please contact your local pet store to see if they can help you, and please keep in mind that it is illegal to release pets into the wild.