Another Spring is here and birds are looking for nesting sites. If you do not want nests in that hole under the eaves, the dryer vent or on that wreath on your front door now is the time to "bird-proof" your home. Here are some tips to help.
1. Decorations such as wreaths and hanging baskets appeal to certain birds - especially House Finches. Often these are placed either low enough for pets to get to them or situated in high-traffic areas. Check them periodically for evidence of nesting activity and consider moving them, or changing your traffic pattern temporarily at the first sign of nesting activity. If you discover an established nest, try not to disturb it and reduce human and pet traffic in the vicinity. After the bird lays the eggs, they are active in the nest for about four weeks.
2. Make sure clothes-dryer vents are terminated with functional vent caps or covered with hardware cloth. House sparrows are often attracted to open dryer vents.
3. Stovepipes and vent stacks from gas-fired appliances or drains should be topped with securely attached vent caps or heavy duty screen.
4. Check any fan exhausts in and around your home to be sure that they have no openings large enough for a bird to enter - it doesn't take much! This includes window fans, attic fans and roof-mounted attic ventilators. Openings can be covered with hardware cloth to prevent bird (or squirrel) entry.
5. Check the area around your home's eaves for openings that would allow birds to enter. This can prevent birds from becoming trapped in attics or walls.
6. Check outdoor light fixtures on patios or in yards for nests. Make sure there are no open glass panes. If a nest has been removed from a light with an open top, cover with hardware cloth to prevent birds rebuilding. The heat generated from operating the light is dangerous to birds, and is some cases can present a fire hazard.
For more information the Humane Society of the U.S. has information on their Wild Neighbor page.
Be sure to note that native birds, their eggs and nests are protected by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife. (Starlings, House Sparrows and Pigeons are not native birds and are not protected).
Friends of WBR
Written by WBR
Thursday, 03 March 2011 18:32
"I love the birds and your organization and would like to help, but I just can't commit to a weekly shift. Is there another way I can Help?"
Yes, there is.
This year we are starting "Friends of Wild Bird Rehabilitation". The Friends volunteers will focus on two important aspects of WBR - outreach/education as well as fund raising; or as we like to think of it, "Fun raising". Just think, how could we help birds if no one was aware there existed a place to take in injured and orphaned wild birds? Caring for the birds would be very difficult in a building with no heat or electricity; birds always need food and water.
Do you have talent putting together flyers, or power point projects? Maybe you have a good idea for a special event. Perhaps you're willing to talk to groups such as scouts, garden clubs or school classes. Willing to sort garage sale items? Sit with others at information tables, put up sign for events and so on?
As the Friends group develops, I am sure there will be lots of discussion and other opportunities will be identified. How about a group of "Handy People" coming by for all those maintenance needs that comes from working out of an older building.
The birds we care for may be small but it takes people with big hearts to provide that care!
The Rescue and Recovery of Injured Songbirds
Written by Administrator
Tuesday, 15 February 2011 15:58
Please join us in the Learning Lab at the Forest Park Visitor Center tonight at 7 pm. to learn more about Wild Bird Rehabilitation. Carol Kershner will be the presenter of this exciting and informative program. The Dennis & Judith Jones Visitor Center, at 5595 Grand Drive, is just east of the Missouri History Museum at Lindell and DeBaliviere. Free Event
Scouting: a great partner for Wild Bird Rehabilitation
Written by Administrator
Saturday, 06 March 2010 00:00
Eagle Scouts have helped WBR with various projects for many years. One of the first projects was caging designed for our Big Bend facility. This cage gave many of our birds the space to grow. Soon we had a aviary project designed for us by a Girl Scout as her Gold Award. Watching all these scouts going through the process - designing, getting approval, leading work groups and finishing these projects, reinforced my belief that there are a lot of talented and dedicated young people willing to help their community.
Boy Scouts celebrate their 100 year anniversary this year, and Girl Scouts their 98th. Thought you might like to see what they’ve done for us.
1995 - John Kerber – Cage unit
1996 - Kara Elliot – (Gold Award) – Crestwood Park Aviary
1998 - Mario Gallagher – storage shed & perches for Big Bend site
1998 - Timothy Stecher – addition to Park Aviary
2004 - Andy Spencer – Cage unit
2007 - Ryan Holstad – moved Park Aviary to Midland location
2008 - David Bean – Flight cage
2009 - Ed Theobold - Landscaping the backyard of Wild Bird Rehabilitation
The boundary between dinosaurs and birds gets smaller with this latest discovery
Written by Administrator
Friday, 05 February 2010 00:00
An article on Live Science describes a recent study of a creature called Microraptor gui. The research shows evidence that dinosaurs in some cases lived in trees. This strengthens the connection between birds and dinosaurs. Microraptor which lived about 120 million years ago, had feathers that were probably used for flight. Its feathers near its hind legs were nearly seven inches long. The researching scientist thought it to be unlikely the bird was even able to manuver on the ground at all because of those hind leg feathers. What is most likely according to researchers is that these dinosaurs leapt from the trees into flight.