Gardiner, Washington

Marc & Christie Lassen

Marc & Christie Lassen

We’re passionate about birds and nature. That’s why we opened a Wild Birds Unlimited Nature Shop in our community.

Gardiner, Washington

275953 Highway 101
Gardiner, WA 98382

Phone: (360) 797-7100
Email: Send Message

Store Hours:
Mon - Fri: 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
Sat - Sun: 9:00 am - 6:00 pm

Did you know we are much more than a bird feeding store? We have 65+ local artists works in our shop, we specialize in recycled plastic patio furniture as well as the best selection of bird feeding supplies on the Olympic Peninsula. Stop by and charge your electric vehicle at our free charging station, take a walk through our beautiful public garden with a breath-taking view of Discovery Bay or just come in for a visit with our shop cat, Luther. We look forward to seeing you in Gardiner!

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Finding an 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.  This article outlines 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.  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.


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, you can return the baby bird 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 wildlife rehabilitator.

If you are pretty sure you have found an orphaned bird, call a professional wildlife 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.  Our staff at Wild Birds Unlimited can help you locate a rehabilitator and give you advice on what to do while you wait for the rehabilitator to arrive.


Step 4:  While you wait...

If you must care temporarily for the orphaned bird, it's important to keep the baby bird 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.