Some fledglings (teenage birds with feathers and short tails) may hop around on the ground in a covered area near their nest for several days while parents feed them. Fully feathered birds with short tails hopping around should be left there. Don't put them back in the nest; they will only jump out again and could injure themselves. The parents protect and feed them on the ground until they can fly.
If parents do not return within two hours or if the baby is injured, place it in a small, covered box with air holes punched in the lid. Keep it warm and quiet and do NOT attempt to give it food or water. Birds breathe through a hole in their tongues. Water placed in its mouth will be inhaled. Each species requires also requires specialized food and care. Take it to St. Francis Wildlife as soon as possible
Confining cats and dogs and educating children is the best way you can help. Wildlife's natural parents are always better at caring for them than human foster parents.
If chimney swifts have already moved in, push a styrofoam ice chest up into the flue to muffle their noisy calls as well as cushion any falls. And don't worry, they'll be on their way to South America long before you start chopping firewood.
What you can do to help baby birds
Before you cut down or prune trees and shrubs, check very carefully for active nests or cavity residents. Avoid cutting dead trees or snags. They provide food and shelter for a variety of wildlife.
Properly managed birdbaths and feeders are good, but planting native trees, bushes, and flowers supplies natural food, water, and cover for wildlife.
Many birds depend on insects in and around our backyards. Replace chemical insecticides and fertilizers with organic products to help protect our wildlife and water resources too.