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Needed: Many hands to feed baby birds

May 2, 2011 6:43:00 PM - thestate.com
Carolina Wildlife Care needs volunteers to help feed about 70 baby migratory songbirds orphaned when an Upstate company trimmed the tree limbs where they were nesting.

This is the time of year orphaned birds typically show up at the Columbia facility, but they don’t usually show up in this volume all at once, said executive director Joanna Weitzel. The nonprofit wildlife rehabilitation facility also is asking for donations to help pay for supplies during this busy period.

But volunteers are especially important for the next few weeks. The songbirds must be fed by hand every 30 minutes for 12 to 14 hours each day. Time is more important than bird-feeding experience for volunteers. To volunteer, call (803) 772-3994 or email carolinawildlifecare@sc.rr.com.

Residents of an apartment complex near where the tree-trimming took place and members of an Upstate animal rescue group found the baby birds, nests and eggs and brought them to Carolina Wildlife Care. The species of birds - including grackles, chickadees and robins - are protected under the Migratory Bird Act, and federal laws might have been broken, Weitzel said.

“This was easily preventable,” Weitzel said. “All they had to do was wait. People need to know you can’t just do what you want to do when you want to do it.”

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