A California nonprofit that treats a thousand wild baby birds each year, made a request in April for local knitters to weave bird nests for the orphaned chicks the organization cares for every spring.

The knitters of the Bay Area went wild, donating 540 nests to keep the orphans warm and provide the soft feeling of a natural nest.

The Baby Bird Nest campaign got its start two years ago when staff at WildCare in San Rafael noticed that some of the chicks were bruising from the hard-surfaced bowls that were being used as makeshift nests.

A knitter’s pattern for three different sizes of these bowls made of yarn can be found at The website says 1500 nests have been donated by 167 knitters.

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