We’ve all experienced that feeling of helplessness when coming across an injured wild animal or encountering wildlife orphans too young to be left on their own. By pure luck, I discovered the Phoenix Wildlife Center after a dove flew into my window. The center is only a 20-minute drive from my house, but Kathy Woods is just about the most dedicated person I’ve ever met by phone. She described how to keep the bird warm and in a dark, quiet place until it regained its senses. The dove survived, as did an unfortunate titmouse a year later, who took four hours to recover after fleeing from a hawk.
Ms. Woods has assembled a talented group of licensed professionals who rehabilitate owlets, baby hawks, eagles, fox kits, baby raccoons, cormorants and an assortment of injured wildlife (but not fawns), to keep them alive and healthy until they are returned to the wild. She asks people with injured animals to:
Please don’t drop animals off at nature centers! They are not equipped to rehab them.”
Her organization can and does.
This year in this age of COVID she asks people to make an appointment before dropping off an injured animal. The phone is always manned, believe me. Do visit The Phoenix Wildlife Center’s website, which provides valuable information about wildlife rescue, and follow the group on facebook. Please write down their phone number: 410-628-9736. Next time a fledgling falls out of its nest near you, you’ll be grateful that you did.
Find a wildlife rehabilitator near you: Wildlife Rehabilitators, Maryland Department of Natural Resources.