Keep your safety in mind when approaching an injured bird. Lead it
into a safe area, away from traffic or water,
before attempting to catch it.
Eye protection is essential when approaching herons and egrets. These
birds instinctively lunge at their prey, and when
injured may lunge at you.
Cover the bird's head with a towel or T-shirt. This will often have
a calming effect.
Don't tape or tie a bird's bill shut. Some birds do not have nostrils,
some nostrils may be clogged with blood, some injured
birds may regurgitate recently eaten food, and some cool themselves by panting.
Transport the injured or hooked bird to the nearest rehabilitation center,
either the Wild Bird Center in Tavernier, or one
of these other locations: Marathon Wild Bird Rescue, MM 47, Marathon. Phone
(305) 743-8382. Wildlife
Rescue of the Florida Keys, Key West. Phone (305)
294-1441. If you're not near a bird rescue center, contact a local veterinary