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 2020 Release Stories
A bald eagle beats the odds
An eagle takes flight after a muddy situation! When Michael, a local National Wildlife Refuge employee, was closing up the refuge for the evening, he spotted a Bald Eagle in distress. The eagle was struggling in the marsh and was covered in mud. Michael, along with a workmate, retrieved the raptor from the marsh and a volunteer transported him to our clinic for care. Not only was the fourth-year bird of prey caked in mud that required professional washing to remove, but blood tests revealed he also had lead poisoning, which required chelation therapy to treat. Additionally, sutures under anesthesia were needed to repair a wing injury. The odds were stacked against this immature raptor, but with the experience and skill set of our team, and with the proper diet, exercise, and rehabilitative measures, he fully recovered and was released to continue his wild life. He was the 35th Bald Eagle admitted to our clinic as of the end of May. We are grateful to everyone who assisted in saving this majestic bird’s life.
a razorbill release
About the size of an American Crow, Razorbills inhabit Atlantic Ocean low arctic coastal waters with the majority of the global population breeding in Iceland. They breed on rocky islands and mainland cliffs, so seeing one on land during non-breeding season is unusual. Such was the case for this Razorbill that was found on a beach with debilitating injuries and transferred to us from another rehabilitation center. It was discovered that that the juvenile had deep wounds over both shoulders with bone exposed, most likely due to an entanglement with monofilament or fishing line. It also was severely emaciated. Our wildlife veterinarian sutured the shoulder wounds, but two additional major concerns remained: its waterproofing, which keeps birds dry, insulated, and buoyant, was compromised; the bird was also gaunt and needed to gain much-needed weight. We were in for the long haul, so to speak. The video shows a small slice of the progression the seabird experienced in its month-and-a-half of professional rehabilitation at our clinic. When the Razorbill was completely healed, regained its strength and weight, and its waterproofing was intact, we released it back to the sea, thanks to a boat ride generously provided byDelaware Bay & River Cooperative(DBRC). The diving bird was released in the ocean where other Razorbills have recently been seen and in time for this species’ migration to northern Atlantic waters!
A house finch back to the wild
It’s a good thing that we are equipped to take care of patients with avian conjunctivitis, also known as Finch Eye Syndrome, because this House Finch really needed our expertise! Finch Eye Syndrome is caused by a bacterium and symptoms include swollen, crusty eyes. If left untreated, the disease will progress to the point where the bird can no longer see at all. A presenter brought this female finch to our clinic for care. One eye was swollen shut. Examination revealed the disease was present in both eyes. After 22 days of proper medical treatment, rehabilitation, and care by volunteers and staff, the finch was healed, healthy, and ready to go back to her territory where she belongs. We’ve slowed release portion of the video so you can see the bird’s beautiful flight. Keeping bird feeders clean is an important way to prevent the spread of avian diseases. Learn more by going to https://tristatebird.org/faq/ and click on What’s the best way to wash my bird feeder?