Found an injured bird?
We are currently able to accept patients. If you have found an injured bird, you may bring it to our facility for care any day of the week between 9 AM and 5 PM.
We have set up an admit station in our vestibule to drop off patients to minimize social contact.
If you need assistance with or have a question about an injured bird, please call 302-737-9543 and then enter extension 103 to leave a message. For the time being, we do not have volunteers answering phone calls, so please follow the directions to leave a message. We will return your call as soon as we can.
Oiled wildlife response
Tri-State Bird Rescue & Research has been responding to wildlife affected by oil spills since 1976. Tri-State has a trained, dedicated staff on call 24 hours a day to respond to wildlife contaminated by oil spills anywhere in the world. Tri-State is one of only a handful of organizations in the country that can professionally manage a response to a major spill. Rehabilitation of oiled wildlife is a complex, crisis-oriented endeavor. Tri-State takes a teamwork approach to oil spill training and response, emphasizing the need for regulatory agencies, responsible parties, state and federal wildlife professionals, colleagues in wildlife care, and concerned citizens to work together both in preparations for and response to oil spills.
Wild Bird Clinic
With more than 40 years of experience, Tri-State Bird Rescue & Research is one of the premier wildlife rehabilitation centers in the United States. Operating under federal and state permits, the staff and volunteers in our Wild Bird Clinic provide expert medical care, housing, and diets to injured, orphaned, and oiled native wild birds.
some 2021 Release Stories
A least bittern gains a second chance
Stunned. That is how a citizen described this Least Bittern she found on the ground next to a window in a resort town; most likely, it had impacted the window. The adult bird was easily caught and relayed by several volunteer transporters to our clinic, where it was admitted for care. A thorough examination indicated that the patient was not injured, and we kept it in a quiet habitat overnight for observation. The following day, this small member of the heron family displayed strong lift and flight and was ready for release. As you can see in the video, two young environmentalists had the thrill of gently releasing the healthy Least Bittern back to wild!
a Short-Eared Owl's tale
Cooperation between organizations saves lives! It is not unusual for us to receive patients from other organizations, especially high-maintenance and unique species such as this Short-eared Owl. It was rescued near the shore after it had impacted a window and was unable to fly. Radiographs revealed the owl sustained fractures of the clavicle (equivalent to a collarbone in a human) and coracoid (connects the shoulder joint to the sternum) on its left side. These bones play a major role in birds’ flight. In this case, the best course of treatment was a wing wrap, and as you can see in the video, the left wing was expertly wrapped and secured in order for the breaks to callus and heal. After five weeks of medical care, a nutritious diet, and cage rest, followed by rehabilitative exercise, the Short-eared Owl healed from its injuries, gained strength, demonstrated robust flight, and was finally deemed ready to be released to continue its life in grassland and marsh habitats where it hunts small mammals. Thank you to everyone who lent a hand in returning this amazing bird back to the wild!
A Red-tailed Hawk returns to the wild
A Tri-State volunteer transported this Red-tailed Hawk from a Philadelphia rehabilitation center to our clinic a couple days after it had been found on the road and unable to fly, most likely due to a vehicle impact. The hawk may have been hunting, as the rescuer reported that he discovered a dead mouse in the road next to the bird. The hawk sustained a mild eye injury, and skin had been torn away from its elbow, which required sutures. Initially, the hawk was weak, depressed, not perching, and was hand-fed. After a few days in care, the adult’s condition improved. Once the hawk was on its way to healing, was self-feeding, and had gained strength, it was transferred to a flight enclosure, where it exercised and its flight and hunting skills were observed. Five weeks after its rescue, the Red-tailed Hawk had completely healed and was returned to its territory. Thank you to our volunteers for releasing this beauty back where it belongs on a snowy day, and to all whose hands helped rescue and care for the raptor.