If a baby bird or squirrel fell out of the nest. You can put the bird/squirrel back in, the parents will continue to feed them and do not abandon their young unless they are injured or killed. If you can't reach the nest. You can make a surrogate nest out of a basket and place it as close to where the babies were found.
If the animal is injured, you can safely put the animal in a box with a old towel, rag, or shirt, this will help reduce stress. Adding heat for the animal is also very important, a hot water-bottle or sandwich sized zip lock bag with hot water (not boiling water; microwave bag at 15 second increments to get it hot) placed next to the animal will also help reduce stress and hypothermia. This is especially important when finding baby birds, squirrels or other baby animals. Even on a hot day in the sun, babies can get hypothermia from being too cold.
DO NOT ATTEMPT TO FEED THE Animal OR GIVE IT WATER.
Keeping the animal in a WARM, DARK AND QUIET environment is the best thing to do!
Quick Contact Reference
Please drop off injured wildlife during normal business hours to Central Animal Hospital on Ardsley Road/ Central Ave in Scarsdale, NY
Kate Murphy 914-447-4990 Small Mammals/Songbirds General Information - Larchmont/Scarsdale
Joanne Dreeban - 914-4761370 Song Birds-Yonkers
Vinny - 914-224-4751/914-400-6014 - Geese/ Waterfowl - Bronx, NY
Stranded Marine Turtles - Riverhead Foundation 631-369-9829
DEC Wildlife Region 3- Report coyote sightings/ attacks on pets or other wildlife incidents - 845-256-3098
DEC Law Enforcement Region 3- report illegally removing wildlife from the wild/ illegal hunting - 845-256-3013
To get a longer list of licensed wildlife rehabilitators please visit the NYS DEC website.
Wildlife rehabilitators are volunteers licensed through the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation or US Fish and Wildlife Services, the intent is to release the animal back into the wild when its healthy enough. Wildlife rehabilitators are not trappers or nuisance animal control.