Letter: Spring is time of rebirth - use caution when interacting with baby animals

To the Editor:

Now is the time for spring births for many different types of mammals, reptiles, amphibians and birds. It is also the time for outdoor spring cleaning and pruning on our properties and as summer gets closer, there may be a second round of critters born. We owe it to our animal friends to help them when they need it.  Below are some recommendations should you come upon a nest of young’uns or should your cat or dog bring you a baby bird or mammal.

First, don't try and raise the baby your self but instead, go online to Connecticut Wildlife Rehabilitators Association and find the list of licensed Wildlife Rehabilitators.  Keep the list handy and give one a call.  Please don't drop off orphaned or injured wildlife at the doorstep of a Veterinary or Nature Center building. They are then easy prey for other animals.

Depending on the situation, you may be advised to try the best strategy and that is to reunite the babies with the mom, even if she is not within sight at the moment. Wear gloves when touching wild baby animals. Keep dogs and cats away. If reuniting doesn’t work, call the rehabber back and she/he can tell you where to bring the baby. Be prepared to answer pertinent questions as the state requires good records be kept by all rehabbers.

Wild animals bring a wonder filled layer to our lives. They, like us, are just trying to survive, raise a family but imagine how much harder it is for them, they face so many dangers. On the other hand, think of how much more in tune they are with the workings of the natural world. They deserve our respect and care so drive slowly and carefully this spring, enjoy getting outside and feel the warmth of the sun on a chilly afternoon, watch (and listen) for the return of the Red Winged Black Bird and the Baltimore Oriole and take yourself and/or your kids on a walk in the woods or down to the beach. We are so lucky to live where we do!

Please visit the Darien Nature Center's Website for more information.


Nina Miller