If I find a fawn alone in the grass, does that mean it’s orphaned?
Many people who find white-tailed deer fawns left alone are worried that the animal might be orphaned. Remember it IS normal for fawns to be left alone without the doe in sight. In fact, for their first month, fawns stay curled in the grass. However, if the animal is showing signs of distress such as vocalizing when not being touched, please reach out to your local wildlife rehabilitator for assistance.
How can I protect nests and small timid animals such as rabbits and ground living birds from danger?
Some animals will instinctively freeze and lower themselves to the ground when they are frightened. This is incredibly dangerous and can place them at risk from lawn mowers, cars and brush fires. If you see an animal who stops in the middle of the road out of fear, please slowly (and safely) stop the car and allow it to pass or gently move the animal to the other side of the road. When mowing the lawn, please check the area for nests. If you find one, put a marker at the site so you can avoid that spot with the mower. And if possible, always check a brush pile before burning to make sure no animals are living inside.
If I find a baby bird in the grass, does that mean it's injured?
If you find a baby bird in the grass, it's likely a fledgling. Birds learn to fly from the ground up and during this time the parents are still nearby watching and feeding their young. It takes just a couple days for them to get the concept of flight. These are crucial learning stages for babies, so please keep dogs, cats and curious children at a distance.