Guelph, Ontario

Songbirds Only Avian RehabilitationBird Rehabilitation

Our local avian rehabilitation centre is S.O.A.R (Songbirds Only Avian Rehabilitation), based out of Rockwood, Ontario. SOAR is a registered Canadian charity dedicated to providing quality care to orphaned or abandoned songbirds, as well as obtaining professional medical care for songbirds. Some of the birds they have aided in the past include Robins, Cardinals, Brown Thrasher, Common Yellowthroat warbler, and even hummingbirds!

If you have an injured bird, you can contact SOAR at 519-856-4510.

We are a sponsor of their annual Mother's Day Birdathon at Rockwood Conservation Area. If you'd like to participate or learn more, contact us at the store. You can also become a member to support SOAR and receive an annual newsletter to learn how your donation helps to care for injured birds.

Follow SOAR on Facebook! Become a Friend of SOAR to remain updated on events and rehabilitated birds.

Contact SOAR:

 145 Inkerman St, PO Box 75, Rockwood N0B 2K0

Tel: 519-856-4510

Fax: 519-856-2847

Email: soar@sentex.ca

What to do if you find an injured or orphaned bird

Caring for an orphaned or injured bird is not an easy task and should be left to people who know how to do it best. Below you will find steps to be taken so that the bird has a chance for survival while you wait for assistance from a qualified wildlife rehabilitator.

Step 1:

To rescue or not?

Most baby birds do not need rescuing, so it is important to determine if the bird is truly orphaned. Fledglings might be on the ground because they are learning to fly; one or both parents are probably somewhere nearby. By "rescuing them" you might interfere with the course of nature. Keep yourself out of view and watch for at least two to three hours for the return of the mother or father bird. If no parent returns during that time,you might have found an orphaned bird.

Sometimes if a bird is injured, it will simply rest for several hours before attempting to fly away. Unless the bird is danger of a predator, such as an outdoor cat, leave the bird as is and watch for several hours. If the bird still has not moved, or failed at an attempt to fly, it might be injured.

Step 2:

What's next?

 If the bird is not in danger from predators, you should leave it on the ground. If you can locate the nest of an orphaned baby bird, you can return it to the nest. Birds cannot smell a human scent so the parent birds will not reject the baby bird if you touch it. Predators, however, can detect your scent and it can make it easier for cats, raccoons and other predators to find the baby bird.

Step 3:

Call a widlife rehabilitator.

If you are pretty sure you have found an orphaned or injured bird, call a professional wildlife or bird rehabilitator. It is illegal under federal wildlife law for you to have a wild bird - even an orphan - in your possession unless you are a licensed rehabilitator. For our local area, call S.O.A.R at the number given above, or call us at the store (519-821-BIRD) for advice about what to do next. 

Step 4:

While you wait...

If you must care temporarily for the injured or orphaned bird, it's important to keep it warm. You can do this by using a heating pad set on low heat, a hot water bottle or even hot water in a glass jar wrapped in a towel. In addition, create a nest-like environment for the bird so the baby bird can rest its head. Use paper towels for your nest (other material, such as cotton, cloth and paper can catch easily in the bird's toenails). Do not use grass clippings because they could be damp and cold. Do not attempt to feed the bird.