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I found an injured or abandoned bird. What do I do?

Thank you for your concern for our local wildlife. San Diego Audubon is not a licensed wildlife rehab facility and cannot care for injured wildlife. Please seek help from the resources below:

Did you find injured/orphaned wildlife? Do not attempt to care for the animal yourself. Do not give food or water, because it could cause further injury. Please keep the animal in a dark, quiet box or crate and bring to a wildlife drop-off location. Before capturing a wild animal, please review this information to ensure intervention is needed - San Diego Humane Society: Found Injured Wildlife.

Did you find an abandoned chick or fledgling? Not all young birds are abandoned - some are learning to fly and their parents are nearby. Find out when and how to intervene at this page by the Humane Society. Or use this handy flowchart by Mass Audubon.

Did you find an injured or abandoned duck or goose, or need to rehome your domestic duck or goose? Do not attempt to capture the animal yourself. Please contact Bear Ridge Ranch Duck and Waterfowl Rescue, who will travel anywhere in SD, Orange, LA, and Riverside Counties to do pick ups.

Bear Ridge Ranch Duck and Waterfowl Rescue
15375 Woods Valley Rd
Valley Center, CA 92028

If you need information on where to take an injured animal, please see below or call San Diego Humane Society: 619-299-7012.

Wildlife Drop-Off Locations:

Project Wildlife

Project Wildlife Drop-Off Location (drop-off area is open 24/7):

Bahde Wildlife Center
5433 Gaines St.
San Diego, CA 92110

For emergency assistance, please call San Diego Humane Society at 619-299-7012 (press 1).

San Diego Humane Society

Escondido Campus
Can accept wildlife patients from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. only.
3500 Burnet Drive
Escondido, CA 92027

Oceanside Campus
Can accept wildlife patients from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. only.
572 Airport Road
Oceanside, CA 92058

Acacia Animal Hospital and Pet Resort

655 W. Citracado Parkway
Escondido, CA 92025

Chula Vista Animal Services

130 Beyer Way
Chula Vista, CA 91911
619-476-2476 or 619-691-5123


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