With the flowers blooming and the weather getting warmer, these wildlife rescuers have been struggling to accommodate all of the injured and orphaned baby songbirds that arrive at their shelter.
Last month, the Carolina Waterfowl Rescue of Charlotte, North Carolina posted a plea for help on their Facebook page. With the influx of rescued birds during nesting season, they asked their readers to send in knitted nests for the chicks.
Staffers say that since nesting season is always their busiest time of year, their shelter will often take in as many as 3,000 birds in need of care.
If the chicks aren’t able to properly mature from the safety of a nest, then they will grow up to have splayed legs.
Upon posting their request to Facebook, however, it was shared hundreds of times. The shelter quickly became flooded with thousands of hand-knitted nests, messages of encouragement, and greeting cards from all over the country.
Needless to say, the rescue workers have been delighted by the response, and they have encouraged readers to continue sending the nests.
“We could always use a [few] more and even if we don’t use them, we can send them to other people who we know that does need them,” shelter wildlife rehab specialist Bayleigh MacHaffie told WGRZ.
Additionally, MacHaffie says that all of the staffers are always excited to read each and every letter from their donors.
“It really makes it a personal experience,” she told the news outlet. “It is a huge relief for us to get in these things and I mean you’re helping us. So we would love to be able to sort of see who’s on the other side of this nest and know you’re appreciated.”
If anyone is shy about their knitting capabilities, the shelter says that they are always looking for volunteers to help feed the birds since the chicks require round-the-clock care.
The shelter also relies on donations to help pay for their bird food and rehabilitation expenses.
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