I Found An Animal

You were walking in the woods and you stop to look around, on the ground in a small ball of fluff. What is it? What do you do?
First, you look to see if there are any adult birds around. Maybe someone is in the tree overhead. If so, check out the young (OWL). Are there any flies around or any blood present?
If all looks OK, then start looking to see if there is a nest close by. At this point you could call a Wildlife rehabilitators, DNR Warden, or Veterinarian. You will be able to discuss your next steps with there people. What we would try first is to put the baby back. Looking at size and collar, we might be able to decide what kind of bird it is.
Get a laundry basket, put a few holes in the bottom for drainage and some kind of rope to attach it to the tree.
It does not have to be put higher than you can safely reach.
If all is well the parents will continue to feed it, even if there are babies in another nest ,what ever you do….. DO NOT FEED
There may be other variations to this scenario, so if you have questions, it is always best to call.

There are some basic rules to remember:

IF THERE IS BLOOD PRESENT…. THEY NEED HELP
IF THERE ARE FLIES OR FLY EGGS….; THEY NEED HELP
IF THEY ARE JUST SITTING QUIETLY SOMEWHERE………… LEAVE THEM BE
IF YOU DO NOT SEE A MOM……….. LEAVE THEM BE ( in the case of fawns and cottontails ) moms do not stay with there young.
IF YOU FIND A BABY SONGBIRD ON THE GROUND,( and the top two on this list do not apply) ………. PUT THEM BACK

ALWAYS CALL IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS
AND REMEMBER…………….DO NOT FEED