Dead/Injured Birds Reporting Policy

What to do if you encounter:

  • An injured bird – DO NOT TOUCH THE BIRD! Please contact dispatch and relate the incident.   What kind of bird is it? What is the nature of its injury, if known? If the injury is obviously caused by humans (fishing nets, wire, or other) call a Ranger and relay information. Otherwise, please allow nature to take its course. Please take detailed notes and pass along to natural resource rangers.
  • A dead bird – DO NOT TOUCH THE BIRD! Call a Ranger. Also, please take notes to pass along to natural resource rangers.
  • Harassment or feeding of seabirds – Explain why birds should not be harassed or fed. Please contact a Law Enforcement Ranger or dispatch and report the incident.

When taking notes for natural resource rangers, the following information is helpful:

  1. Where was it found – be as specific as possible, zone, rock, etc.?
  2. What is the species/type of bird
  3. Day/Month/Year and Time of Day
  4. Weather conditions
  5. Location (as specific as possible)
  6. Visual observations (if still alive – behavior, number, sketch, map, etc)
  7. b) If dead, how long has it been deceased (estimate)?
  8. c) What condition was it in (ants, maggots, dried out)?
  9. d) Any noticeable cause – fishing net, wire etc?

Please follow the marine mammal flowchart for stranded or dead marine mammals. Contact a ranger for any dead, or injured wildlife.

Last revised 06-Aug-14