On this episode of Wildlife Weekly, host Jackie Edmunds of the Dane County Humane Society Wildlife Center, talks to us about robins.
As summer picks up, more birds are coming into Wisconsin to nest and breed. One of the most common birds is the American Robin, found in suburban areas-namely, backyards and neighborhoods.
She details the care of baby birds-whether or not to take one to the Wildlife Center, how to tell if it’s safe or not, and how to protect baby robins from curious cats or dogs. She reports that the majority of the center’s patients are fledgling robins that probably didn’t need help, likely being watched over by their parents, despite being on the ground and apparently abandoned.
A common misconception is that baby robins left on the ground are stranded. However, this is not the case. While learning to fly, birds are sometimes left on the ground with the parents nearby, spending up to a week in this stage. During this vulnerable stage, it’s important to keep pets on leashes to avoid unfortunate incidents. The most important thing, she highlights, is to check for injuries such as limping or bleeding, or if the fledgling is disturbed by a pet.
Rather than bringing any robins found on the ground, she recommends calling the Wildlife Center at (608)287-3235 or emailing at firstname.lastname@example.org for advice and information.