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ONLINE Course: Audubon at Home: Helping Baby Birds


Baby barn owl by Tim Junker, courtesy of Anne Miller

May 14, 2020 , 5:30 pm 6:30 pm

Pre-registration is required by 3 p.m. Wednesday, May 13th, and space is limited.

UPDATE: Registration is now closed. Check out our other upcoming courses here.

In response to social distancing and shelter-in-place rules for Alabama during the COVID-19 pandemic, we are offering free online courses as a public service to help folks continue to learn about the birds they love! While these will initially be offered for free, please support our work if you are able and make a tax-deductible donation at alaudubon.org/give. Please make sure to comply with all state and local social-distancing regulations. See our full COVID-19 statement here.

For baby birds, growing up in the wild has many advantages over growing up in the care of humans. So when healthy nestlings or fledglings become accidentally separated from their parents, you can help by returning them to their own parents. But this has to be based on an understanding of nesting behavior, which varies widely from species to species. Cavity or open-cup nest? Territorial or colonial breeder?  Precocial like a baby chicken or altricial like a baby Robin? Can they fly as soon as they leave the nest? Or are they grounded for a week or more as fledglings? The class will include examples of reuniting methods for a variety of birds, so you’ll know what to do if you find a baby bird.

About the instructor

In 1977, Anne G. Miller founded Alabama’s first wildlife rehabilitation program, which grew from an all-volunteer, backyard group to become the Alabama Wildlife Center at Oak Mountain State Park, near Birmingham, caring for more than 2,500 birds, mammals, and reptiles of over 100 species annually. During her 30 years with the Wildlife Center, Anne was particularly interested in birds of prey and developed new techniques for reuniting and wild-fostering young raptors. In 2007, she published a handbook of reuniting techniques—Calls of the Wild, Using Recorded Calls and Other Tools to Reunite Juvenile and Adult Raptors, which is available through the National Wildlife Rehabilitators Association. Now retired from the Wildlife Center, Anne continues to teach and write about the importance of reuniting young wild animals with their parents. For her work on reuniting wildlife, Anne received a Lifetime Achievement Award in 2017 from the National Wildlife Rehabilitators Association. 

Where and when do we meet? This online course meets on Thursday, May 14th, from 5:30–6:30 p.m. It will be an hour-long online class with time at the end for questions. Click on the registration link above to sign up, and you’ll receive the instructions on how to join the meeting via a confirmation email.* 

*Please note, you will receive a separate email with the Zoom meeting instructions before the class (likely the afternoon before). You’ll need the meeting ID and password from this email to join the meeting.

Registration: Class size is limited to 100. To register, click on the button above. If you’re new to our online system and don’t yet have a username and password, simply click the “X” on the pop up and fill out the basic form.

Please double check your email and make sure it’s a valid email address prior to completing your registration. We’ve had several kick-backs when sending the Zoom meeting instructions out to registrants, and you won’t be able to join the meeting without this information. Thanks!

Questions? Email the Outreach & Communications Director.