Reuniting and the Law

All native wild birds (except upland game birds) are protected by the federal Migratory Bird Treaty Act.  This makes it illegal to disturb a federally-protected bird while it is nesting, or to have in your possession any federally-protected bird, even if you are trying to help it.

Wildlife rehabilitators are granted a special permit by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service to handle these protected birds under a strict set of rules.  Anyone finding a grounded juvenile native bird should immediately contact a licensed wildlife rehabilitator.

Reuniting must be done under the direct supervision of a federally licensed wildlife rehabilitator or other federal agent.