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Wild Things: Baby Bird Basics

Miguel Khoury/istockphoto
Calls for help with “orphaned” birds often roll in fast and furious once spring kicks into high gear. But in most cases, the birds aren’t orphaned at all—just in need of some help getting back to nest sweet nest. Here’s a quick lesson in “rehoming” baby birds.

First, that tale about birds rejecting their young because humans have touched them is, well, a load of guano. Most birds (we’ll leave vultures out of this) don’t have a keen sense of smell. If a baby bird who’s fallen from a nest doesn’t appear injured and you can see and reach the nest, carefully replace him. If the nest is too high or has been destroyed, pull a MacGyver and rig a makeshift nest.

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