Photo by Leslie Fellows

There are a lot of DOs and DON'Ts when attempting to rescue an injured or orphaned bird. The most important DON'T is that it's not legal in the state of Virginia to keep or care for orphaned, sick, or injured birds unless you are a licensed wildlife rehabilitator.

However, there are steps you can take to get an animal out of risk and into the hands of a licensed wildlife  rehabilitator. Rehabilitators are private citizens and telephone calls should be limited to daytime hours only.


Learn the Facts

Read the contents of the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries’ (VADGIF) web page on injured and orphaned birds. If the bird is not in immediate danger, most of the time, the best thing to do is nothing.


Contact a local VA Licensed Wildlife Rehabilitator

For the northern neck area, the closest VA Licensed Wildlife Rehabilitator for birds is Diana O'Connor in Warsaw at 804-313-2240.


Find another VA Licensed Wildlife Rehabilitator

Use the button below to get a list of  VA Licensed Wildlife Rehabilitators sorted by county or you can call the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries’ toll-free wildlife conflict helpline at 1-855-571-9003, 8:00AM-4:30PM, Monday through Friday. Make sure the rehabilitator can help your kind of bird.