When to Intervene:

Adults and juveniles:

  • There are obvious wounds, breaks or blood on its body
  • There is string, glue or some other substance on its body
  • Covered in oil
  • Wing is dangling, not held up
  • Hit by car/boat
  • If the bird’s head/neck is held back and not attempting to get away
  • Fishing line around body or inside of mouth

*DO NOT attempt to remove fishing line or the hook from the bird yourself. Doing so can cause serious damage. If the line is caught on something, safely cut the line so there is a generous amount still trailing from the animal. Bring to the nearest wildlife rehabilitation center immediately.

Unfortunately, if you see an injured bird but it is able to fly away from you, nothing can be done yet.

How To Transport:

To transport an adult seabird, use a large towel to carefully and gently drape it over the animal, including the head, scoop it up, and place in a large box or pet carrier with air holes.  Seabirds use their beaks for defense so it is best to keep the head under a towel.  Do not hold the head by the beak,  Some seabirds can only breathe with their beak open.  If you must restrain the head, hold it from the back at the base of the skull and point it away from you.

While in transit, keep the bird warm, dark, and quiet.

Please do not feed or give water to any animal that may need medical attention.


Babies and juveniles:

  • Obvious wounds, breaks, or blood on its body
  • Consistent calling and no parent seen in vicinity.  Note:  If you are too close to the chick, the parents will not show themselves.
  • It is in an odd place and is listless and quiet.


Transport is the same for younger birds as it is for adults.  In a box, warm, dark, and quiet with no food or water.

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