2018 - Highlight: Rescued a Song Sparrow


Despite this being a personal highlight, we thought it may speak to some readers.

From Katherine F.:

As I was driving in Ottawa's west end neighbourhood this summer, I saw something rolling, fluttering on the ground in front of me.  I was able to pull over on to the side of the road, assess the situation and pick up the bird off the pavement (I had a small cardboard box in my car to contain it luckily!) and rescue it.

I was so lucky to be driving in just the right spot, on just the right day (August 1), at the right time and to have the flexibility in my schedule to drive it to the Wild Bird Care Centre.  It took 30 minutes of my day.  And the happy ending is that I called at the end of the month and found out that s/he did survive and heal (the sweet bird had an abrasion on its elbow and head trauma (ataxia) so they had to give it an anti-inflammatory the first week) and was released on August 30th.

I wanted to share my small heartwarming story to remind us all that yes, we CAN make a difference.

Especially when we are able to slow down our day and find time to help out: whether it's rescuing an injured bird on the road, picking up plastic littering our sidewalks and roadways or making conscious choices in native plants: it all adds up!

To think that if I hadn't stopped, s/he may have been run over by a car behind me.  And thanks to the Wild Bird Care Centre's efforts, s/he is now healed, able to sing again and getting ready for the winter migration south.


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