Replacing Baby Birds


Replacing Baby Birds

 There is a common myth that if one finds baby birds fallen out of nests they must be “rescued” because the parents will not feed them if they have human odor on them. This is not true! Bird parents do not detect, or ignore foreign smells on their young. They respond to their cries and visual cues such as their open mouths.

If you find birds that have fallen out of the nest, gently place them back in the nest if you can do so without risking injury to you or the babies. If you cannot reach the nest safely, place the birds in a small, cloth-lined box and place in the branches as near to the nest as you can reach. The parents will continue to care for them when they return. As much as we love to tend our charges, birds are much better at raising birds than we are!

The Dilemma of the Outdoor Cat

By David Sadkin, Ph.D.

Volunteer Director of Education Services

Wildlife, Inc.


The whole issue of the impact of feral and free-ranging cats, and the efficacy of Trap, Neuter, and Release (TNR) programs has tended to muzzle discussion, as the emotional issues often outweigh rational debate. Moreover, people and organizations directly “in the line of fire” have hesitated to address the issue head-on for fear of antagonizing potential supporters and donors.

However, the New York Times in its Sunday, March 23 edition, in its “Review” section, broached the subject with a major article entitled “The Evil of the Outdoor Cat” by Richard Conniff, an author who writes about wildlife issues for Smithsonian, National Geographic and other similar publications.

Bald Eagle Release


Greg Hebert Releasing the eagle. Greg and Damen Hurd rescued her last month. Greg looks pretty happy! We are sure the eagle is too!
We released her exactly where we found her. We usually do unless it isnt safe to do so.

We just want to say thank you to Gail Straight and Dr.Clay Wilson for the work they put in with the eagle. Gail and Clay do a lot of the work behind the scenes and if it wasn’t for Dr.Clay we wouldn’t be able to x-ray and treat all these injured animals on a moments notice. Thank you!

Volunteers Needed

Currently we are specifically looking for volunteers able to help during the day on weekdays. This would involve routine feeding, cleaning, and some various other assistance with the animals. Some general animal knowledge is helpful but not mandatory. The opportunity is here to learn much more. Our needs require a mature person available for one or more weekdays on a regular basis.

Other needs are for a grant writer, cage construction, education, rescue, and routine feeding and cleaning. Other volunteer situations may be available. For further information call the center at (941) 778-6324 or use our contact page. Please fill out the volunteer application below to bring with you.

Who We Are

Wildlife Education and Rehabilitation Center Inc. is a nonprofit organization for the rehabilitation of injured and orphaned wildlife for return to the wild.

Wildlife Education and Rehabilitation Center Inc. is supported entirely by donations and staffed only by volunteers. Founded in 1988, they treated over 3,000 birds, mammals, and reptiles in 1997, more than twice as many as in 1995. By year 2000 the number has grown to over 4,000, and continues to increase.