Bird/wildlife rescue in Maryland continues through coronavirus pandemic

With birds and other wildlife still requiring rescue in Maryland, all of our local rehabilitation facilities are still operating – some have gone to reduced staff and most have new procedures during the coronavirus pandemic.

According to a post on Phoenix Wildlife Center’s Facebook page, “In these uncertain times, we want to share our updated protocols. First of all, we are open for you. You might be met at the door by someone with mask and gloves, but we are here. Your animal will be transferred to one of our totes, and we will ask you to take your box and towel back home. We still have hand sanitizer available. Sadly, we will not hug you, but we will still be grateful that you have helped save a creature.”

Not all wildlife requires rescuing. Read this – https://dnr.maryland.gov/wildlife/Pages/plants_wildlife/ThinkTwice.aspx

Also, listen to this interview I recently did with Jane Burgess, wildlife technician for the Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) –

To report nuisance, injured or sick wildlife, call toll-free in Maryland 1-877-463-6497 – US Department Agriculture (USDA)  Wildlife Services Operators are available from 8:00 am to 4:30 pm, Monday through Friday, except State holidays.

You can also call your county animal control office.

If no one can be reached, contact one of the rehab facilities listed here. You should always call rehab facilities before going. Some, not all, of these facilities have volunteers that might be able to help with response/transport.

The DNR list of licensed widlife rehab facilities is by county, but that doesn’t mean you have to call them based on what county they or you are in. Geographically, it not’s always possible to find a facility close to where you are/the injured wildlife was found.

Below is a selection (not all) of licensed rehab facilities/permit holders on DNR’s list:

Frisky’s Wildlife and Primate Sanctuary – 410-418-8899 (Woodstock, Maryland – birds/wildlife)

Owl Moon Raptor Center – 301-353-8947 (Boyds, Maryland -birds only)

Phoenix Wildlife Center 410-628-9736 (Phoenix, Maryland – birds/wildlife)

Tri-State Bird Rescue and Research – 302-737-9543 (Newark, Delaware – birds only)

Kim McLamb – 443-786-8992 (Anne Arundel County/Eastern Shore – birds/wildlife)

Maryland Natural Resources Police continue to accept calls to their 24-hour communications center at 800-628-9944 or 410-260-8888.

City Wildlife (located in Washington, D.C.) updated their status on Sunday, “Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and staffing concerns, City Wildlife will no longer be accepting animals directly from the public. However, if you find a sick, injured or orphaned wild animal in the District of Columbia, please contact DC Animal Care and Control at (202) 576-6664 for a pick-up or bring the animal to the DC Animal Shelter at 1201 New York Avenue, NE. Animal Control will transfer these animals to City Wildlife for rehabilitation and care.

Please do not try to raise these animals yourself. It is both illegal and inhumane, and the animals can be dangerous and carry diseases that are transmissible to humans.

Please know that the animals in our care and brought to us from DC Animal Care and Control will receive the best possible care we can give them, with the aim of releasing them back to the wild. Our goal is to continue to be here for these animals in need throughout the current pandemic.

Second Chance Wildlife Rescue (located in Gaithersburg) announced on their website – “IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT RE: COVID-19 IMPACT ON SCWC OPERATIONS: Due to a variety of tremendously challenging circumstances involving the COVID-19 pandemic, Second Chance Wildlife Center has had to make the heartbreaking decision to stop admitting new patients until at least March 29th.

This will be updated should information change.

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