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Baby Birds 101 – To Rescue or Not to Rescue?

Working as a naturalist, I’ve received tons of calls about injured animals and thought I’d share some of my knowledge with you about handling situations with baby birds, since it’s the most common one.

Baby finch. Author photo.

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You Can Help Rescued Hummingbird Chicks!

Last week I posted a link to a live camera that has been filming the same hummingbird nest for several years. Two chicks were hatched in December, but just a couple days ago, something heartbreaking happened: mom didn’t return to the nest. After 20 hours of not seeing Phoebe, the mother hummingbird, a wildlife rehabilitator was called in to rescue the chicks.

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Monique, the rehabber, delicately removed the entire nest and took it back to her home, where she’s raised orphaned hummie chicks in the past. Like most rehabbers, Monique doesn’t get paid to do this and according to the admins of the live cam page, the complex mix used to feed baby hummingbirds isn’t cheap. It’s not sugar water; it’s a mix of proteins and nutrients closer to what momma bird would regurgitate for babies. If you’re compelled to help Monique, you can donate to her through her website at http://mfrartwork.com/donate/ and browse her lovely artwork.

You can watch Monique trying to give the chicks a meal in the video below. It’s rather magical. Thanks for reading!

Transgender Day of Remembrance

“Transgender” is a word that much of society still shies away from, but today is Transgender Day of Rememberance and I’m going to use this opportunity to educate you about some little-known facts surrounding transgender youth. These are children just like yours, and they’re in trouble. They need our help.

1. Suicide is the NUMBER ONE cause of death for transgender youth. More than 80% of transgender kids think about killing themselves and around a third of them attempt it. This number is drastically reduced when they are accepted by their families and others around them.

2. 1 in 250 kids are transgender.

3. Transgender kids are not confused; the adults around them are confused and usually project it onto the children.

4. Transgender kids are not mentally disturbed and they are not suffering from a mental illness.

5. Transgender kids are just like every other kid on the planet: curious, hopeful, and worthy of love, support, and protection.

If you don’t know what “transgender” means – or even if you think you do – or you simply want more information, I encourage you to visit TransActive, where these facts come from. Educate yourself and those around you, and help to spread acceptance and understanding in your community. These kids need our help just like any other child being bullied by peers, adults, or society.

Baby Birds 101 – To Rescue or Not to Rescue?

Working as a naturalist, I’ve received tons of calls about injured animals and thought I’d share some of my knowledge with you about handling situations with baby birds, since it’s the most common one.

Baby finch. Author photo.

Read the rest of this entry