About 400 birds of prey per year are admitted to the wildlife hospital at World Bird Sanctuary. The World Bird Sanctuary does not do pick-ups due to staffing issues, but they accept all birds of prey (hawks, owls, eagles, vultures, falcons, etc.), herons, pelicans and swans.
How to safely capture a bird for delivery to World Bird Sanctuary:
• Beware: A raptor's feet and talons are its primary means of defense. It is also capable of biting with its beak. • Get a towel, jacket or other lightweight item large enough to cover the entire bird. • Wear gardening or welding gloves if possible. • Approach the bird slowly. It may turn to face you, or flip onto its back with its feet in the air. • Carefully place the cover over the bird, making sure it is completely covered. • Quickly tighten the covering around the bird and scoop the bird and covering up together. Place into a cardboard box or other secure container. Keep the gloves on and securely hold the bird and covering away from your body to prevent accidental contact with the feet and talons. • You can leave the covering in the box with the bird. Although, do not cover the bird. • If it is warm, place the box or container in a cool place, as birds can overheat quickly. • Do not attempt to give the bird water or food, as both may complicate the injury, especially an internal one. • Transport the bird to World Bird Sanctuary, 125 Bald Eagle Ridge Road, Valley Park, Mo, 63088. They are open to accept birds from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. everyday except Thanksgiving and Christmas Day. If you find the bird outside of the hours, keep it in a dark, dry, safe place until you are able to bring it to World Bird Sanctuary. Do not give the bird water or food.
If you find a songbird – a cardinal, bluejay, etc. – you can call Wild Bird Rehabilitation at 314-426-6400.
As always, if you are in any doubt and need further guidance, call World Bird Sanctuary at 636-861-1392 for information or advice.
It is illegal for any person to injure or possess a bird of prey or any related items, such as feathers, eggs or a nest. WBS is fully licensed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and State of Missouri to rehabilitate, care for, house and maintain injured raptors.
World Bird Sanctuary preserves, protects and inspires to safeguard bird species in the global community for future generations.