Found an injured bird?
If you’ve found an injured bird in Delaware or a neighboring state, please bring the bird into our clinic as soon as possible.
If you have questions, need assistance, or feel unsafe capturing the bird, call us at (302) 737 9543. We are open 7 days a week from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Please be patient when calling; we often have more than 100 birds in care on any given day.
Wild animals need professional care when they are sick or injured. Broken bones, traumatic injuries, and diseases need veterinary care. Injured wild birds should be taken to a licensed wildlife rehabilitator immediately.
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 2019 Release Stories
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A five-week-old Bald Eagle was found on the ground with its sibling after a severe storm, their nest destroyed, and the eaglets were transported to us for professional care. Other than being slightly dehydrated, one nestling was healthy. Unfortunately, its sibling had sustained severe injuries and did not survive. Ideally, healthy nestlings like this one are returned to their parents, who are the best caretakers. But this nest was destroyed in the storm—what to do? An extraordinary team of volunteers from Tri-State, Conserve Wildlife Foundation of NJ, and staff from NJ Division of Fish and Wildlife hatched a plan to join forces to build a new nest in a suitable tree close to the original location. This was no small feat! The arduous task of nest building took hours to complete and required expert climbers. Once finished, the secure nest was ready and the eaglet was placed in it. The team retreated to a respectful distance, watching and waiting with bated breath to see if the parents would return to care for the eaglet that had been gone for two days. Would it work? Would they return? Thank you to all the volunteers who participated in this amazing feat! Click the photo to see the full story and the dramatic conclusion in the slideshow, courtesy of Tri-State volunteer Marian Quinn.
What would you do if you saw this in your backyard? A homeowner did the right thing by calling us when she observed a Canada Goose with an arrow through its body. Several Tri-State volunteers and concerned citizens helped capture the injured bird and then transport it to our clinic for care. Unfortunately, cases like this are not that uncommon; fortunately, there are an abundance of Good Samaritans who care and act. Our wildlife veterinarian removed the arrow while the patient was under anesthesia and dressed the wounds. The recovery phase went well with the assistance of trained caregivers, and, once it was strong and healthy, the goose was returned to its family where it belongs. Thank you to everyone who played a role in turning a tragedy into a positive outcome! Photos with gosling courtesy of Marian Quinn.
The most common species that comes through our doors is the American Robin. A large majority of these patients’ injuries stem from vehicle or window impacts. Such was the case for this robin that was struck by a vehicle. Thanks to a Good Samaritan, the injured bird was promptly brought to our clinic for professional care. The impact caused a laceration on its hip, which required sutures under anesthesia, and “road rash” on an elbow and its back. With proper rehabilitation and excellent daily care from our dedicated volunteers, the songbird soon recovered and was cleared for release. Check out this video to observe the robin’s excellent flight back to the wild.