In spite of our cats, our yard is filled with birds all year round. At our feeder, we’ve seen woodpeckers, cardinals, doves, nuthatches, finches, titmice, bluejays, chickadees, sparrows and even wild turkeys!
Last summer, a pair of chickadees made a nest in a birdhouse in our yard and laid their eggs. For some reason, the parent pair abandoned the nest after the chicks hatched. (sadly, I suspect it had to do with having pest control treat our house for ants). We called the Wildlife Rehabilitators Association of Rhode Island to find out how we could save the chicks. They were so helpful! Since it was a weekend, the rehabilitator whith whom we were working told us how to rescue the babies and take care of them until Monday when we could bring them into the rehab center. We took the roof off the birdhouse to carefully remove the babies, placed them in a shoe-box with a towel and kept them warm with a heating pad. Every few hours we fed them mashed up grapes. When Monday came around, Jon drove the chicks to the rehab center where they could receive the care they needed. I’m happy to say, all of the surviving chicks made it and were eventually released back into the wild in Rhode Island.
Recently, I was reading the WRARI newsletter and realized how expensive it really is to rehabilitate a wild animal. Baby animals require round the clock care, special diets, and, depending on their situation, veterinary treatment for injuries. Did you know it costs about $500 to rehab a fawn, $80 to rehab a baby bird and $25 to rehab a baby cottontail rabbit? So, I decided to make a felted bag for the animals. All proceeds from my “Bird On A Branch Bag” will go directly to the WRARI.
I’ve also put together this treasury of other Etsy sellers who are making items for charitable causes. Please check them out when you get a chance.